RUGBY: Record victory takes Kesteven out of drop zone

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 84

Worksop 0

A CLUB record score helped take Kesteven out of the relegation zone, on points difference from Southwell.

Woodnook was bathed in beautiful sunshine as Worksop kicked off deep into the Kesteven 22. Nathan Turner immediately showed that Kesteven meant business with a fine run which took him to half way. It was clear from the start that the home sifde were intent in seeking revenge for their recent defeat at Worksop and were plnning to run the ball at every opportunity. The forwards provided good ball and the fast backs were eager to test the visitors’ defence.

It took Kesteven 10 minutes to open the scoring and it was Dan Turner who got the first try, breaking from a scrum on the 22 to score at the posts before kicking the conversion. This was the start of a steady procession to the Worksop line as the visitors had no answer to the pace in the home backs.

The second try came when Nick Clarke was first to react to a loose ball, leading a kick and chase which ended with Grant Ward scoring. Then Hallam O’Brien broke through on half way and used his great speed to score a fine individual try. Ward got his second to earn the bonus point as early as the 25th minute.

Worksop heads were down as Ward completed his hat trick and James Goodrich, Aaron Whittaker and Dan Turner added tries. Ward converted one and Turner a further three to bring up 50 points at half time.

The second half started more quietly as Kesteven settled on their lead. Worksop did have a bit more possession but were unable to score and eventually the home side broke out of defence and they finished the game well on top.

Dan Turner added to his score after his brother broke through before passing inside to Dan. Ward got his fourth and fifth tries before Dan Turner, again, Olly Wood and James Goodrich completed the rout. Dan Turner converted two more to bring the final score to a new club record.

It was a fine exhibition of total rugby from Kesteven with outstanding performances from Ward with five tries and Dan Turner with four, but with notable contributions from the rest of the team. Skipper Nick Clarke again fought his way through the pain barrier to lead by example, before giving way to Andy Peabody after the break.

James Goodrich took his two tries very well, especially his first-half effort which saw him take a pass from Phil Jordan at half way and storm up the wing with great determination. Whittaker only scored one try because the ball did not flow to his wing as often as it did for Ward.

Kesteven’s final game is tomorrow at home against Melbourne.

Kesteven: N. Turner, Ward, P. Jordan, Goodrich, Whittaker, O’Brien, Wood, Odams, Brown, Shields, N. Clarke, Cowley, Woolerton, D. Turner, Brister. Reps: Paton, Peabody, Cooper.