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Coane heads the Cosmos comeback

PUBLISHED: 16:42 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

Chris Coane's late conversion sealed a draw for Kilburn

Chris Coane's late conversion sealed a draw for Kilburn

By Larry Porter FULL-BACK Chris Coane kept his cool to slot a late conversion from the touchline and complete a memorable recovery as the Cosmos drew 15-15 at Hendon. Kilburn seemed set for defeat in Saturday s Herts/Middx Division One clash, trailing by

By Larry Porter

FULL-BACK Chris Coane kept his cool to slot a late conversion from the touchline and complete a memorable recovery as the Cosmos drew 15-15 at Hendon.

Kilburn seemed set for defeat in Saturday's Herts/Middx Division One clash, trailing by 12 points at half-time, but fought back to draw with two tries and Coane's kick.

The visitors started brightly on a heavy pitch, but failed to convert two five-metre scrums and an early penalty attempt into points - while Hendon took their chances.

The hosts took the lead after 19 minutes with a Ben Linale penalty, and four minutes later they broke quickly down the right for Voitek Walowicz to touch down under the posts after a central scrum.

Linale added the simple conversion to make it 10-0, but Coane finally got Kilburn on the scoreboard with a penalty after 34 minutes.

Hendon missed a shot at goal soon afterwards, but were controversially given another penalty in a kickable position on the stroke of half-time for a deliberate knock-on.

While Kilburn's players were still disputing the decision, Linale took a quick tap and dived over for a simple try in the unguarded right corner. The missed conversion kept the half-time score at 15-3.

An unbelievable last-ditch tackle from Cosmos flanker Shayne Whyte on Chris Towndrow denied Hendon a try that would surely have sealed victory midway through the second half.

And Kilburn's forwards, led by man of the match Scott Hughes, then lifted their level of intensity, with winger Ryan Coughlan beginning the fightback by scoring in the left-hand corner 10 minutes from time.

Despite the missed conversion, Cosmos were back in the game and, with four minutes left, replacement centre Matt Bridge chased a kick and went over in the right-hand corner.

Coane landed the tricky conversion to level the scores - and the Cosmos almost snatched victory right at the death when the ball was knocked on with the try-line at their mercy.

Kilburn: S Hughes, Alongi, Craig, White (Porter), Whyte, Aitken, Shrubsole, McManus, C Hughes, Coughlan, Loftus, Mastan (Bridge), Binns, Coane.


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