Cosmos climb into top half

PUBLISHED: 18:11 13 October 2010

John Fenlon

John Fenlon


A COMMANDING second-half display secured the Cosmos’ first away win of the season and lifted them to fifth in the Herts/Middx Division One table.

A COMMANDING second-half display at Verulamians secured the Cosmos’ first away win of the season and lifted them to fifth in the Herts/Middx Division One table.

Flanker Neville Marshall was named man of the match for his aggressive rucking and mauling that enabled Kilburn to overturn a five-point deficit, while Hugo Reggiani also shone on his debut at scrum-half.

Kilburn began the match brightly, with their forwards driving the home side backwards from numerous rucks and mauls, and second row John Fenlon eventually broke the Verulamians resistance with a drive and try on the right.

The conversion was missed and Verulamians were soon back in the game, taking advantage of an easy try after the Cosmos’ back three failed to deal with a hopeful punt forward.

Verulamians converted the try and then added a straightforward penalty after the visitors were adjudged offside to take the score to 10-5.

But the Cosmos recovered their composure, moving wide after another long series of phases and winger Niall Coghlan outran the Verulamians defence to dive over in the corner.

Kilburn returned to the attack again, but a risky pass was intercepted and returned by Verulamians for another unconverted try to restore their five-point lead.

The Cosmos were level again on the stroke of half-time when Coghlan turned provider with a neat pass to set up full-back Alex Binns for an unconverted try in the corner.

And the visitors seized control after the interval as their forwards applied pressure on the Verulamians right and the ball was spun wide for centre Andy Allan to score the try that earned them a bonus point.

Kilburn never let up and made certain of victory late in the game when flanker Peter Fitzsimmons touched down to make it 25-15 following a maul that rolled over 15 metres from a lineout.

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