RUGBY: Kesteven stay top of the league with 57-5 win

Kesteven remain top of the league following Saturday's win. 695C
Kesteven remain top of the league following Saturday's win. 695C
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KESTEVEN RFC kept up their outstanding run of form with a comprehensive victory over Nottingham Moderns, 57-5.

Kesteven started well, scoring their first try within five minutes of the kick-off.

Moderns won the ball at a line out in their own half but the home forwards were through quickly. Jamie Flear ripped the ball clear and Parker slipped the ball through to Taylor who ran a good line to score in the corner with less than five minutes gone.

K’s kept the pressure up with a penalty by Harland before Moderns had a chance with a penalty. The kick failed but Moderns had a spell on the attack before Whittaker lit up Woodnook with a great run from his own line. He was stopped just short but James Cowley showed a great turn of speed to get up in support to claim the ball to score.

Moderns were still presenting the home team with problems as they also sought to play open rugby but the Kesteven defence held well with some great tackling.

Kesteven finished the half strongly when Parker made a fine break. The support this time came from the pack and Scott Odams showed great presence to scamper over from 20 metres for a try.

Then at the end of the half a Kesteven attack was stopped just short of the lone. Moderns had the scrum but the Kesteven pack pushed them off their own ball to allow Turner to end the half with a try.

The half-time score was 23 - 0 to Kesteven, with the bonus point in the bag.

At half time Pert and Brown were replaced by Webster and Sheardown. Moderns started the half well and came close to scoring but again the defence held.

They were undone when they conceded a free-kick at a scrum close to the Kesteven line and compounded the error with some back chat.

From the penalty Turner pushed the ball deep into the Moderns half and, from the line out, Turner finished off a blind side move with his second try.

Odams added his second try, converted by Parker and from the restart Turner completed his hat-trick with another fine run, finishing off a move in which Jamie Flear did well to keep the ball alive.

Hughes got his try with fine support by Parker before Harland, who had come back on as replacement for Whittaker, made a fine break. He realised he could not get clear and sent a beautifully weighted kick out to the wing. Turner timed his run to perfection to pick the ball up at speed before he ran behind the posts where he passed the ball to Harland to score the try.

Moderns had continued to play good open rugby and were rewarded with a try of their own five minutes from time before Woolerton brought the curtain down on another fine win with a try at the posts to give Parker a simple conversion.

Kesteven: M. Harland; J. Ughes, C. Hudson, K. Taylor, A. Whittaker; M. Parker, K. Lines; S. Odams, A. Brown, G. Purvis, W. Pert, J. Cowley, J. Flear, D. Turner and T. Woolerton. Replacements were R. Jordan, R. Sheardown and T. Webster.

This week Kesteven travel to Northampton to play Northampton Mens Own in the RFU Senior Vase.