RUGBY: Comfortable RFU Vase win for Kesteven

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RFU Senior Vase

First round

Kesteven 49

Queens (Bedford) 10

KESTEVEN’S impressive start to the season continued with an emphatic but hard fought win.

The visitors looked a strong outfit and were soon on the scoreboard with a penalty inside the first five minutes. A second attempt shortly after went just wide.

Eventually Kesteven were awarded a penalty near half way. Danny Turner’s long range effort drifted wide to be touched down for a drop out. Queens fluffed the drop out and from the resulting scrum Tony Woolerton picked up at the base and broke for the line. The tackling was ineffective and Tony scored at the posts. Matt Harland added the goal points to give the home team the lead.

Ks started to win more possession but time and again the visitors’ defence held out. They gave away a growing number of penalties, from one of which Kesteven kicked to touch 20 metres out. The line-out was won by Turner at the front and the pack did their best work, getting on an unstoppable drive which ended with Brown touching down for the try.

Ks started well after the break. Parker’s kick-off was high enough to allow the supporting pack to challenge. The Queens player caught the ball and was engulfed by Odams and Woolerton. The ball was turned over and the visitors conceded a penalty which Harland converted to extend the lead.

Queens gave away one penalty too many and one of their players was sin binned. The home team took advantage of the extra man, allowing Goodrich the space to force his way over for a fine try.

Queens won possession in the home 22. Their stand-off put in an intelligent kick to the corner. The race to the ball between the wings was just won by Rupert Jordan. From the resulting drop out, Queens somehow lost possession and Turner scooped up the ball to run from 60 metres for a try, converted by Harland.

This spurred Queens to greater effort. From the restart they challenged for the ball but James Cowley was the stronger and caught the restart and headed upfield. The unfortunate Queens player was led from the field dazed. Shortly after, Turner added his second try, again converted by Harland, before Queens eventually got on the scoresheet with a good try, which was converted.

Martyn Parker was awarded man of the match.

Kesteven: Harland, R. Jordan, Hughes, Goodrich, Whittaker, Parker, Lines, Odams, Brown, Purvis, Pert, Durrance, Flear, Turner, Woolerton. Reps: Cowley, Hanson, Webster.