Kilburn Cosmos 55-12 U.C.S Old Boys: Hosts run rampant to secure league title
PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:29 18 April 2016
Kilburn Cosmos were deservedly crowned champions on Saturday afternoon as they thrashed U.C.S. Old Boys at Gladstone Park.
Andy Hutt’s men knew they would seal the Herts and Middlesex Division One title if they won the game with a four-try bonus point, irrespective of results elsewhere.
The hosts lost the toss, meaning they were playing into a slight breeze. However, it wasn’t long before the Old Boys came under pressure from the Kilburn pack,with a number of well structured phases finding the latter deep in the visitors half.
Kilburn set out their stall early on, opting to kick to the corner rather than take the three points. From the resultant lineout the Kilburn pack drove U.C.S back before releasing the backs.
Amal Hirani found space from full-back off a planned move and offloaded to flanker Aly Bursey, who in turn crossed for Kilburn’s first try within just five minutes.
It wasn’t to be an afternoon that went all Kilburn’s way though, with U.C.S. scoring two of their own tries in the first half.
They applied significant pressure around the tight exchanges and had a very solid scrum, resulting in two drive over tries, with a similar Kilburn try sandwiched in-between by flanker Neville Marshall.
That meant that with only five minutes remaining in the first half Kilburn were only ahead by two points, with U.C.S also failing to convert one of their conversions.
Hutt’s men extended that lead before half-time though, with great interplay from Phil Cooke and Hutt himself, seeing the ball work out wide to Hirani.
The latter found Hutt’s brother and skipper, Fraser, who crossed under the posts and converted to make it 21-12 at the interval.
Kilburn, now with the wind, realised they had to adapt their game in the second half and play through the wider channels in order to stretch the visitors.
The first 10 minutes were a slightly nervous affair as Kilburn scoped out U.C.S in an effort to find their fourth try, which would of course secure them that elusive league title.
Good solid work at the breakdown by the Kilburn pack released Hutt, who found attacking team-mateHirani, before the latter fed replacement flanker Andrew Allan - who crossed over the line for the four-try bonus point.
Some wonderful interplay and hard work on and off the ball followed as the hosts well and truly ran rampant.
Wingers Niall Coghlan and Pete Donaldson, stand-off Jon Green (2), Hirani, and second row and vice-captain Andrew Brotherston all crossed for tries.
The final whistle came and Kilburn were confirmed as the champions, with the 55-12 win capping off what has been an excellent season.
Kilburn travel away to second-placed Cheshunt in their final game of the campaign on Saturday.