Peterborough Lions 12
Kesteven travelled to Peterborough on a fabulous day to play rugby in perfect conditions.
The first try by Tom Miles was set up through excellent handling in the back line which found the winger brushing past defenders to touch down. This was to set out the formula for the rest of the first half.
Lions played very good rugby at the breakdown and were constantly a thorn in the Ks side with a large pack and very slippery scrum half who, at times, made excellent yardage, only for Ks to steal the ball and set up further tries for Miles.
Time and again the forwards tackled, counter-rucked and stole ball brilliantly from a good mobile Lions pack, who never seemed to give in. Further tries were scored by Rob Wyatt (2) and Tom Mawer.
Ed Hands scored a fantastic solo try, after retrieving a kick at full back he then proceeded to weave, sidestep and jink his way on an 80-metre run to score.Mawer kicked three conversions in the first half which ended with Ks 41-0 up.
Lions came out in the second half like a wounded animal and played some excellent rugby. They caught Ks napping five metres out and, with very quick thinking, scored a well deserved try.
Ks were then to have their mental strength tested as the Lions were now buoyed by their score, but the visitors’ forwards stuck to the task in hand and played some awesome counter-attacking rugby to again provide the backs with ball in hand. And they did not disappoint with Dan Ashmore going over the line after some fine handling and ball taken at speed.
Pressure from Lions eventually paid off with a well worked try and conversion.
But Kesteven had the final say. They won the ball from a scrum 10 metres out, picked up by number eight Charlie Stewart. He who drove through two tackles only to be denied inches from the line. But with brilliant support play, Cameron Knott picked the ball up and touched down to seal a mighty victory.