RUGBY: Kesteven tested but triumph in RFU Cup

Kesteven's Will Can (12) crashes the ball into the Leicester Forest defence, closely supported by wing Alex Ingram and outside centre Will Bradley. Photo: Louise Clark
Kesteven's Will Can (12) crashes the ball into the Leicester Forest defence, closely supported by wing Alex Ingram and outside centre Will Bradley. Photo: Louise Clark
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RFU Intermediate Cup

First round

Kesteven 15

Leicester Forest 7

The opening 10 minutes were spent in the home half with the Kesteven defence being tested.

Forest were awarded a couple of penalties which they chased to run rather than take the points. The defence held out and when the home pack rescued the ball it was spun out wide to Taylor who took play up into the Leicester half. This gave Ks the chance to drive on through their pack with Turner in the lead. This time the visitors killed the ball and Matt Harland confidently added the points.

The game evened out now with Kesteven seeing a bit more ball. After 30 minutes, a good break by Cann led to a penalty 40 metres out. Cann took the kick himself and was unlucky to see it slip past the post. The 22 drop out went straight to Danny Turner on half way. He took play up to the 22 where the ball was recycled successfully.

Wood cleverly popped a nice pass to Bradley who drew the cover to send Ingram clear. The young wing expertly straightened and threw a perfect return pass to Bradley who raced over to score at the post, giving Harland a simple conversion.

Kesteven now had their best spell of the match and caused Forest some problems. The defence became more desperate and they conceded one penalty too many for the referee who despatched their centre to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Wood took a quick tap and the ball found Carew in support to force his way over for the try.

The second half proved a test for the home side as the visitors took command of territory and possession. They spent most of the half battening down the hatches as Leicester threw everything at them. The home defence was magnificent with heroic tacklers aplenty.

They could not hold out for the entire half and Forest broke away for a good try, well converted from the touchline to narrow the gap.

There was no further scoring as Kesteven held out for a well earned win, with Will Bradley man of the match.

Kesteven: Whitaker, Taylor, Bradley, Cann, Ingram, Harland, Wood, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Pert, Cowley, Carew, Webster, Turner. Reps: Martin, Sayle, P. Jordan.

Kesteven 3rd 36

Loughborough 4th 17

Kesteven were pushed on to the backfoot early on and found themselves a try down.

But Ks soon responded through number 10 Dent who punched a hole through the Loughborough defence to even the odds.

The visitors came back with hard fought play in the forwards and ferocious drives to claim two more tries.

Ks came back into the game after the break and established themselves as the dominant side. Tries followed from Jordan Smith and Hughes. Hooker Brett Login had a fantastic solo effort and Dan Williams wrapped it up.

Kesteven: Anderson (c), Hardy-Gillings, Ash, Dent, Dent, Arnold, Ballam, Wombat, From, Friel, Hughes, B. Vincent, L. Vincent, Burton, S. Smith, J. Smith, Rohan, McAlistair, Grey, Orme, Blackley, Marvin, Login, Williams, Ballam.

Under-16

Kesteven 44

Skegness 5

With the game barely five minutes old, Ben took the ball on a solo drive and passed to Marcus to score Kesteven’s first try and his first try for the club.

Skegness replied with a try of their own but Tom Mawer chipped for Kavan to run in and annul the visitors’ effort. A quick tap penalty and looping pass from Tom allowed captain for the day, Tim, to score a try. A Mawer try made it 20-5 at half time.

Second half replacement Tom Miles brushed aside three players to score and Jordan Wright picked up and dived over the line to increase the lead. Charlie L.’s kick was good.

A turnover ball moved wide resulted in a try for Rob on the wing, which was followed by a second try for Kavan and a another conversion for Charlie L.

Man of the match went to Jordan.