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Cosmos seize their lifeline

PUBLISHED: 13:11 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010

KILBURN COSMOS V OLD ACTONIANS.
KILBURN'S PETER DONALDSON.

KILBURN COSMOS V OLD ACTONIANS. KILBURN'S PETER DONALDSON.

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KILBURN kept up their hopes of escaping the drop as they ran in eight tries on Saturday to overwhelm Old Actonians 52-17. The Cosmos dominated from the first whistle to the last and, after two early turnovers, swift reactions in the back line sent Peter D

KILBURN kept up their hopes of escaping the drop as they ran in eight tries on Saturday to overwhelm Old Actonians 52-17.

The Cosmos dominated from the first whistle to the last and, after two early turnovers, swift reactions in the back line sent Peter Donaldson clear to open the scoring.

With an assured pack settling early into the scrums, Kilburn pressed home their advantage and quick hands across the park released Donaldson for his second try within 10 minutes.

But Actonians responded quickly, pushing upfield and winning a lineout five metres from the line, from which the Cosmos defence splintered and allowed the visitors in for an unconverted score.

The home side regained the initiative immediately as the ball was passed wide from a clean kick-off and Glenn Cunninghame marked his 50th league appearance for the club with a try.

Cunninghame was followed over the line by debutant and man of the match Chris Hocking, then hooker Declan McGee, with Andy Allen adding his second and third conversions of the afternoon.

Actonians replied again, outpacing the Cosmos defence for an unconverted try as they threatened a recovery.

Kilburn were denied a serious run at the line for the first 20 minutes after the restart, but skipper Scott Aitken remained assured in the lineout restarts and forced numerous errors from the opposition.

The ever-present front row threat of McGee and Peter Fitzsimmons kept OAs at bay and the floodgates reopened in the final quarter of the game.

Allen, replacement centre Rohan McNaughton and McGee - following a superb move on the blindside from scrum-half Liam McManus - all crossed the line, with Allen adding two more conversions to ensure Kilburn passed their half-century.


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