RUGBY: Kesteven second string lose in league opener

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Notts Pennant League

Group 2

Kesteven 2nd 5

Newark 3rd 31

KESTEVEN started off their Pennant campaign with a visit from near neighbours Newark and the match got off to a terrific start.

Kesteven kicked off but seemed to still be warming up when Newark scored. They fielded the kick off and quickly moved the ball wide for their right wing to race in from half way for a try which was converted.

The response though was quick and effective and a couple of minutes later Kesteven were on the scoreboard. The forwards won good ball on the 22 and Jordan Hughes got good ball out to Dom Brister playing at fly-half. Brister opened up a huge gap and strode over for a try.

The rest of the half saw Kesteven keep up the pressure but they were unable to add to the score.

Chances were created but none were put away and Ks were caught by a second breakaway by the same Newark wing who again ran in from distance for a try.

Kesteven turned round to face the wind and spent most of the second half defending. Newark sealed the game with a quick one-two midway through the half. Both tries were converted and then the visiting scrum-half finished the game with a neat chip ahead which he gathered to score.

Kesteven took heart from the number of chances they created but work is needed on finishing, and the belief that they can take players on and beat them needs to be instilled. Brett Login led the side well and there were promising perfomances from Daz Blackley, Jordan Hughes and Richard Dolan in the backs. Carl Foster was back in action in the pack and Ryan Crowson showed glimpses of what the future holds. Jamie Flear also played well until he retired with an ankle injury.

Kesteven: Blackley, Windsor, R. Dolan, Betts, Price, Brister, Hughes, Davies, Login, Shields, Foster, Coghill, Crowson, Flear, Myles. Reps: MacWanna, Cann.