Kamikaze Kilburn beaten again
PUBLISHED: 13:46 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
KILBURN contrived to throw away an 18-point advantage as a lack of fitness and composure consigned them to the bottom three in Herts/Middx Division One. The Cosmos made the most of their opportunities in an even first half against Saracens Amateurs, with
KILBURN contrived to throw away an 18-point advantage as a lack of fitness and composure consigned them to the bottom three in Herts/Middx Division One.
The Cosmos made the most of their opportunities in an even first half against Saracens Amateurs, with the pack surging to Saracens' line for hooker Declan Magee to score the opening try.
Chris Garvey missed the conversion, but then slotted a penalty and the home side extended their lead when skipper Scott Aitken capitalised on sloppy lineout work to steal a loose ball and scoot over under the posts.
Garvey completed the conversion this time and added a penalty late in the first half to give Kilburn a shock 18-0 advantage over the league leaders.
But the home side suffered a double setback before the interval, with Saracens pulling back a converted try after a spell of pressure and blindside Mo Taguri forced off with a knock to the head.
Although Aitken repelled Saracens all afternoon, he suffered from a lack of support in the rucks and Cosmos heads began to drop when the visitors scored a second try soon after the restart.
Two Garvey penalties were cancelled out by another Saracens try from a turnover on their own 22 and, with tackles missed, passes misdirected and balls dropped, it was clear that Kilburn were losing their grip.
And Saracens confirmed that by crossing the line twice more to cementa 36-24 victory.
KILBURN'S second XV were unfortunate to lose 14-12 after a solid display in their Middlesex Merit Table clash with Hammersmith and Fulham.
Man of the match Jared Horsfall crashed over for the Cosmos' opening try and skipper Simon Huxtable scored the second, holding on as the forwards drove through the H&F pack.
But well-run moves from the H&F backs resulted in two tries of their own - and their successful conversions meant they could even afford to miss a late penalty.
DEBUTANT Kate Reynolds scored the crucial try as Kilburn Cosmos Ladies deservedly picked up their first win of the season at Tabard on Sunday.
Reynolds collected a pass from the outstanding Lee Sinclair and saw off several tackles to cross the line and add to an earlier try by flanker Lucy Zaug.
Jen Spano narrowly missed both conversions, but the Cosmos' excellent defence, centred around Trudy Mylrea, kept Tabard at bay.
The home side did pull a try back towards the end of the first half but, with both teams starting to tire, Kilburn were good value for a 10-5 victory.
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