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Careless Cosmos let the points slip

PUBLISHED: 13:41 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

KILBURN COSMO V WEST LONDON
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 13/09/2008.
TEL: 07831-396-923.
 
KILBURN'S PETER DONALDSON.

KILBURN COSMO V WEST LONDON PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 13/09/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923. KILBURN'S PETER DONALDSON.

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

A LACK of composure ultimately told as Kilburn crashed to a 22-17 defeat by West London in their opening Herts/Middlesex 1 fixture of the season. After two pre-season wins on the back of strong defence, Kilburn began the first half strongly with a well wo

A LACK of composure ultimately told as Kilburn crashed to a 22-17 defeat by West London in their opening Herts/Middlesex 1 fixture of the season.

After two pre-season wins on the back of strong defence, Kilburn began the first half strongly with a well worked forward's try.

Lock Paul Ledington, who commanded the centre of the lineout all day, took clean ball in which the forward pack set up a drive, which West London failed to halt before the line.

Flanker Aly Bursey secured the five points, with Andy Allen adding the conversion.

Further strong forward play, led by the big men up front - props Bernard Knapp and Ricardo Nunes and hooker Declan Magee - had the Cosmos again putting pressure on West London.

Finally, centre Peter Donaldson crashed over in midfield, and Allen duly converted.

But West London were inspired by some fine runs from the base of the scrum and Cosmos began to flounder as penalties started to go against them.

As the visitors' confidence grew, their probing runs down the wings and through the centre tested the Cosmos defence to the limit.

Kilburn's growing frustration eventually boiled over in the second half, with Knapp earning a yellow card for entering the ruck from an offside position.

West London quickly capitalised on the one-man overlap, but it took a huge effort to break the line for the first time and, although they failed to convert, another two tries gave them the lead.

Cosmos were back on top soon afterwards, with Allen converting an easy penalty when West London were caught with hands in the ruck.

But, in the last 10 minutes of the game, West London forced a try from a succession of pick and drive runs within the Cosmos five-metre line - and their one successful kick of the game proved decisive.

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