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Cosmos find conditions are not to their liking

PUBLISHED: 17:15 02 February 2011

Hugo Reggiani

Hugo Reggiani

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KILBURN failed to tailor their tactics to the heavy surface as they lost out to a pragmatic Hendon side in Herts/Middx Division One.

The Cosmos relied heavily on makeshift fly-half and inside centre pairing Matt Bridge and Peter Donaldson, along with full-back Alex Binns, to ignite their attacks.

Although the trio made plenty of ground, Kilburn were unable to take advantage – while Hendon employed a policy of short phases among the forwards, which proved more successful.

The visitors, playing up the slope, were camped in the Hendon half for the opening 20 minutes but could not make the breakthrough and they fell behind just before half-time.

Joel Curry went over for an unconverted try following a series of rucks near the Kilburn line – and the situation worsened for the visitors after the restart.

Two quick tries gave Curry a hat-trick and stretched the gap to 15 points, prompting Cosmos to change their approach and recycle the ball among the forwards.

They gained some reward after a series of tap penalties and rucks, when lock John Fenlon went over for an unconverted try on the right to reduce the deficit to 15-5.

But the Cosmos’ hard work was soon undone as Luke McEnemy crossed the line to restore Hendon’s three-try advantage and there was no way back for the visitors.

Kilburn Cosmos: Zaug, Migliore, Alonge, Fenlon, White, PS Donaldson, Porter, Shrubsole, Reggiani, Bridge, Verbrugge, PA Donaldson, Coghlan, Horn-Smith, Binns.


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