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Cosmos climb the table with Donaldson treble

PUBLISHED: 16:37 28 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 24 August 2010

By Larry Porter A HAT-TRICK of tries from Peter Donaldson lifted the Cosmos to sixth place in Herts/Middx Division One with a convincing 37-5 victory at Gladstone Park. Kilburn scored 34 unanswered points in the second half to reverse a 5-3 deficit after

By Larry Porter

A HAT-TRICK of tries from Peter Donaldson lifted the Cosmos to sixth place in Herts/Middx Division One with a convincing 37-5 victory at Gladstone Park.

Kilburn scored 34 unanswered points in the second half to reverse a 5-3 deficit after fly-half Amal Hirani had given them the lead with a 20th-minute penalty.

The first half was largely forgettable, but Actonians dominated territory as the interval approached and were rewarded with an unconverted try in the corner.

Stubborn Kilburn defence prevented the visitors from increasing their lead and, after the break, good play from Hirani created openings for Donaldson to go over in each corner.

Hirani missed both conversions, but a kick through from replacement Rohan McNaughton gave Glenn Cunninghame the opportunity to touch down under the posts just two minutes later.

McNaughton added the simple conversion and prop Peter Fitzsimmons finished off a neat passing move to make it 25-5 after Actonians had yielded possession in their own 22.

And McNaughton then threw a dummy that created a gap for himself to run and score under the posts, with Cunninghame just about adding the extra two points.

Actonians rallied, but the Cosmos finished on a high, stealing possession at a ruck and shipping the ball to man of the match Donaldson, who evaded two defenders to complete his treble.

KILBURN Cosmos' second XV paid the price for indiscipline as they sank to fourth in Middlesex Merit Table Four after a 49-5 defeat at Belsize Park.

Despite conceding an early penalty, a period of sustained pressure led to a try from fly-half Jared Horsfall 10 minutes later - but that was as good as things got for the Cosmos.

A further penalty and two tries gave Belsize Park an 18-5 lead at half-time and, although they enjoyed a reasonable share of possession and territory, the visitors failed to make use of it.

Centre Ginoux Loic impressed in only his second appearance, but Kilburn were penalised for illegal rucking on several occasions and conceded five further tries without reply.

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