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Great Scott! Cosmos clinch victory

PUBLISHED: 18:42 26 January 2011

ALY BURSEY

ALY BURSEY

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICTURES; TEL: 0044-7831-396-923

A LATE try from Scott Hughes enabled the Cosmos to grab a dramatic win and move up to seventh place in Herts/Middx Division One.

With the teams locked at 15-15, the Kilburn prop powered over two minutes from time and Andrew Hutt’s conversion sealed the home side’s second successive victory.

Kilburn enjoyed the better of the first period and fly-half Amal Hirani kicked them into a ninth-minute lead with a penalty from in front of the posts.

Five minutes later, though, Verulamians took advantage of some disorganised and ill-disciplined Cosmos defending to score a try in the left-hand corner.

The conversion fell just short, but the visitors retained a two-point lead until the 35th minute, when Niall Coghlan put the Cosmos back in front with a try on the left wing, finishing off a flowing passing move of more than 10 phases.

Kilburn were back on top and, soon afterwards, a Verulamians 22 dropout was charged down by Ben Zaug, with flanker Chris Sloley on hand to collect the scraps and score under the posts, with Hirani adding the conversion.

Cosmos full-back Alex Binns made a try-saving tackle on the stroke of half-time to maintain his side’s 10-point advantage, but Verulamians were back in contention soon after the restart.

Three minutes into the second half, Kilburn failed to chase up a 22 dropout in sufficient numbers and that allowed the visitors’ tight-head prop to canter in for an unconverted try in the left corner.

And Verulamians were level midway through the half, stretching the home defence to score another unconverted try on the right and make it 15-15.

But the Cosmos continued to press forward and gained their reward with the decisive score when Hughes crossed the line following a series of penalties.

Kilburn Cosmos: Hughes, Zaug, Wallace, Fenlon, White, Bursey, Sloley, Shrubsole, Reggiani, Hirani, Taguri, Hutt, Mastan, Coghlan, Binns.

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