Kilburn Cosmos 21 Old Hamptonians 3
PUBLISHED: 16:46 15 December 2010
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THE Cosmos came good in the final quarter of the match as they moved up to eighth place in Herts/Middx Division One.
Kilburn controlled territory and possession for most of the game, but were unable to convert their dominance into points until the final 20 minutes, when they added 13 unanswered points.
Man of the match Matt Bridge gave the home side an early lead at Gladstone Park with a penalty after five minutes, but missed a couple of chances to extend that advantage later in the half.
The Kilburn forwards maintained a tight grip on the game, but the back line struggled to find a way past Hamptonians until three minutes before the interval.
Winger Mo Taguri made an aggressive run through the Hamptonians defence and was held up just short of the try line but, from the ruck, John Fenlon drove the ball forward the extra yard and went over.
A missed conversion meant the Cosmos had to settle for an eight-point lead at half-time, but Hamptonians fly-half Duncan Peel reduced that to five with a penalty early in the second period.
Bridge tapped a defensive penalty, making an incisive break into the Hamptonians half on the hour mark and, although the move was ended by a knock on, Kilburn soon recovered possession.
The ball was quickly spun wide and Taguri went over for an unconverted try in the right-hand corner following good hands from Alex Binns and debutant Andrew Hutt.
Six minutes later, flanker Aly Bursey was held up just short of the line and Hamptonians had a man sin-binned at the resulting ruck, enabling Bridge to kick an easy penalty and make it 16-3.
And winger Niall Coghlan crowned the Cosmos’ triumph with an uncoverted try in the final minute, crashing over in the left-hand corner after a break from Hutt.
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