Kesteven win NLD touch rugby festival

Kesteven RFC celebrate touch rugby triumph.

Kesteven RFC celebrate touch rugby triumph.

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Kesteven RFC travelled to Lincoln for the official tour of the Web Ellis Cup.

The cup is touring rugby clubs around the country as part of the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in September.

As part of the celebrations, a mixed touch rugby competition was organised, with eight teams from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

Kesteven, managed by James Kmeiciak, were in a group with an RAF side and Scunthorpe. They had a slow start, struggling to get to grips with the rules of the unfamiliar touch version of the game, Martin North in particular struggling. This was epitomised with Rupert Jordan touching the ball down on the wrong line after sprinting clear!.

After falling behind to the RAF early on, Josh Allen dived over in the corner to salvage a draw with the last play of the game, after good work from Dent and Wiltshire.

The second game against Scunthorpe was equally tough, but Ks were starting to get into their stride and Faolan Lidstone sprinted away to score the opening try. Scunthorpe equalised late on to leave Kesteven with two draws in the group, but earning a place in the semi-final.

The semi-final was against hosts Lincoln. This was a close encounter, but Kesteven edged the game 3-2, with tries from Josh Allen, Rupert Jordan and a brilliant individual try from Lidstone to win the game.

This set up a final against Lincoln veterans. Kesteven scored early when Phil Jordan put Lidstone away to score in the corner. Lincoln equalised, but the turning point in the game was a dispute over whether contact had been made as Jordan broke away to score. The try was given and overseas player Tim Finlay settled things with a good line to score.

l New players, old and new, and of all abilities are welcome to Kesteven RFC training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 7pm at Woodnook.