RUGBY: Kesteven cane Corsairs

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 79

Notts Boots Corsairs 3

KESTEVEN welcomed the Corsairs to Woodnook on Saturday and were pleased to welcome back Goodrich, Bradley and Whittaker to the back division, while Brown resumed at hooker, with Flear and Woolerton returning to the back row.

The early exchanges gave no indication of how the game would unfold with Corsairs enjoying the bulk of possession. They lacked the ability to make this count however and Kesteven quickly built up a lead.

The first try came from a finely judged kick by Harland which was gathered by Ward. The young wing showed great presence in sending a perfect inside pass to Whittaker for the try.

This was followed shortly after with a try by Ward himself when he came off his wing to make the extra man in midfield, then Jordan got his first try with a similar move coming off his wing before Bradley set off on a run from his own half which ended with him scoring.

Ks had the ball four times in the first 20 minutes and scored each time. Harland kicked the first three conversions to give Kesteven a 26-0 lead.

From then on, Kesteven were in control and added further tries by Jordan and Bradley before the break. Harland converted one more while Corsairs got points on the board with a penalty to make the half time score 38-3.

The second half started with the Kesteven forwards taking the ball on and pinning the visitors back in their half but it was some time before they added to their score. The try when it came owed much to the pace of Ward who simply streaked away from his marker to go round behind the posts to complete the first hat trick.

The floodgates opened as the visitors tired and Kesteven upped a gear, led superbly by an outstanding performance from Tony Woolerton who pushed great holes in the Corsairs defence.

First Midgley did all the running to the line before handing on to Jordan for his hat trick try, then from the kick off Woolerton again made ground to release Odams on a straight run to the line. The prop stumbled but got the ball away to the supporting Jordan to score before Bradley got his hat trick. Whittaker added the last two tries just before the end to also complete his hat trick. Harland added a further three conversions.

It was a fantastic display by the whole team. Woolerton was outstanding in the pack, well supported by Brown, Odams and Cowley. Pert continued to improve while Midgely’s willingness to run and Flear’s ability to win the ball on the ground was invaluable. In the backs, the finishing of the strike runners was terrific while the distribution of Lines, Harland and Goodrich made it all possible.

Kesteven: Whittaker, Ward, Bradley, Goodrich, Jordan, Harland, Lines, Odams, Brown, Paton, Pert, Cowley, Midgely, Flear, Woolerton. Reps: Jackson, Hayward, Parker.