RUGBY: Kesteven defeat unknown quantity
Syston from Leicester travelled to Woodnook last week as unknown quantities – neither side having met previously.
Although short of five regular starters, Kesteven fielded 16 players from six different local schools – all united in the black shirt and all playing for the club and their enthusiastic legion of supporters.
From the kick-off it was clear that Syston would be a handful as their aggressive and well organised forwards spent the first few minutes pummelling the home side’s pack.
After five minutes of domination, the big Syston number eight picked up from the base of a maul, handed off several weak tacklers and scored under the posts for a converted try.
The home side realised that they needed to use their backs and scrum half Devlin Archer fed fly half Will Brewis a supply of good ball to allow the Kesteven back line to provide sufficient space for winger Zack Durham to elude the string tackling defence and score in the corner.
Kesteven continued to pressure the visitors with prop Cole battering the line and scoring, but sadly for him the referee was unsighted and had no alternative in not allowing the try to stand.
The remainder of the first half was spent with the forwards pretty well matched and Kesteven’s backs looking the more dangerous, with centres Edwards providing the tricky little kicks and Kwasau providing the muscle and carrying hard into Syston territory.
It was from one of these breaks that he combined with Fuller to deliver a perfect pass to outstanding flanker Cox who crashed over in the last play of the half to give Kesteven a 10-7 half time lead.
Kesteven captain Curt Taylor, second row Jake Hughes and number eight Harvey Fuller combined with an intricate passing movement to baffle the opposition and team-mates alike as they marched up the field, allowing Fuller to touchdown, thereby making amends for a couple of first half handling errors.
Syston scored midway through the second half to move within one score of taking the lead, but Fuller once again benefited from excellent forwards play to score his second late in the game, to remind his team-mates once again that he can actually catch the ball.
It was a fine all-round display from Kesteven with strong performances coming from backs Palin and Brighten, as well as an exhausted pack of forwards.
Kesteven: Archer, Brighten, Brewis, B. Cole, J. Cole, Cox, Durham, Edwards, Fuller, Hodgson, Hughes, Kwasau, Moth, Palin, Parr, Taylor (c).