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Cosmos at home on the continent

PUBLISHED: 13:45 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

By Larry Porter KILBURN Cosmos finished a respectable third in the annual St Omer sevens tournament in northern France on Sunday after winning three of their five matches. It was the fifth year running that the Cosmos had crossed the Channel to take part

By Larry Porter

KILBURN Cosmos finished a respectable third in the annual St Omer sevens tournament in northern France on Sunday after winning three of their five matches.

It was the fifth year running that the Cosmos had crossed the Channel to take part in the tournament, which they won in 2007, but found the standard of opposition higher this time.

In a round robin format, Kilburn started with an assured 31-5 victory over Gravelines RCM, running in five tries including two for centre Phil Grehan and one for club stalwart Rohan McNaughton.

That was followed by a 51-0 thumping of the Calais second XV, with Kilburn scoring nine tries, including two for Mike Petterson and a hat-trick for James Hedger against a side that looked out of their depth.

Cosmos' 100 per cent record was ended by a 15-7 defeat to Grande Synthe in a bad- tempered contest marred by numerous scuffles after they had led 7-5 at half-time.

But two tries and some ferocious tackling by Grande Synthe in the second half gave the French side the win - and any remaining hope of Kilburn winning the competition was extinguished by a 17-5 defeat to host club RCA St Omer.

In a free-flowing match, the home team proved too good with three tries to Kilburn's solitary score from Justin Robbins.

Cosmos secured third place overall in their final game with an enjoyable 26-19 win over the Calais first XV as Hedger dotted down for the sixth time in the tournament and captain Ben Zaug scored a deserved try.

Grande Synthe won the trophy with a tense 17-14 win over the hosts in the tournament decider.

FORMER Kilburn chairman Phil Morgan was presented with his ProActive London Sports Volunteer of the Year certificate by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Morgan stood down earlier this summer after five years as chairman of the club.


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