Kilburn Cosmos go down despite Hutt’s hot streak

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 April 2011



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CENTRE Andrew Hutt scored two tries, but it was not enough to prevent the relegated Cosmos from ending their season on a losing note as they went down 38-29 at home to Old Actonians.

Kilburn, who finished second from bottom of Herts/Middx Division One, were leading by 12 points in Saturday’s final game, but second-half errors cost them as Actonians ran in three tries.

Winger Mo Taguri opened the scoring for the home side with an impressive run and try, with George Brooke adding the conversion, but Actonians hit back after spinning the ball wide for an unconverted try when Cosmos needlessly conceded a five-metre scrum.

Taguri launched a daring break from his own try line midway through the first half and Kilburn moved the ball 80 metres upfield, allowing number eight Kurt Shrubsole to go over for an unconverted try near the line.

Kilburn failed to deal with the restart kick, presenting Actonians with an easy unconverted try under the posts to level the scores at 12-12.

Four minutes before the break, though, the Cosmos backs combined well on the left to put Hutt over for his first try, converted by Brooke.

From the restart Kilburn moved the ball out to winger Niall Coghlan, whose break set up full-back Alex Binns for an unconverted score – but there was still time for the Actonians forwards to apply pressure and set up a try of their own out wide.

Leading 24-19 at the break, Cosmos twice failed to deal with kicks that led to tries, one of them converted, early in the second half – and an error at the base of their own scrum then handed Actonians another converted try to make it 38-24.

Pressure from the Kilburn forwards then set up Hutt’s second try with eight minutes remaining, but the conversion was missed and, despite the Cosmos’ best efforts, their campaign ended with another defeat.

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