London 3NW: Old Streetonians 7 Kilburn Cosmos 3
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 September 2017
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Kilburn Cosmos came up short in their opening match of the new London Three North West season against Old Streetonians.
The visitors were made to rue missed opportunities at Hackney Marshes, although both sides made mistakes in the first quarter.
Cosmos won a penalty and kicked deep into the home side’s territory, only to lose their own lineout and allow Streets to clear the danger.
One positive in the first half for Kilburn was the defensive effort as they found themselves pinned back in their 22 after some superb phase play from the hosts, before Phil Cook produced a superb tackle for Aly Bursey to regain possession and ease the pressure.
Kilburn winger Ali Brace sprinted 40 metres down the touchline, only to be brought down by a high tackle, but his side lost another five-metre lineout from the penalty.
The Cosmos scrum was in fine form, with man of the match prop Kane Edgeworth securing good ball and some turnovers as a combination of power and technique saw them push Streets clear.
Yet despite the upper hand in this area, as well as some strong carries by Obi Ajufo, Caleb Wolfeys and Andrew Brotherston, the Cosmos were made to rue mistakes in the home half time and again.
Kilburn took the lead with a penalty from captain Fraser Hutt, but Streets hit back before the break as a quick tap penalty took advantage of a lack of concentration and saw them go under the posts for a converted try.
The second half brought more frustration as Kilburn’s scrum continued to dominate but the penalty count and mistakes proved too high.
With a very disjointed game, as well as changing weather conditions, it was difficult for either team to get a foot hold and build phases in the second half.
Kilburn’s back three made some fantastic breaks but were let down by mistakes in the Streets half and the home side were unable to capitalise on several penalty chances as the scoreline remained unchanged at 7-3.
Cosmos take a bonus point from their first game of the season, but know they could, and should, have had more as they host Grasshoppers this weekend.