RUGBY: Kesteven Lions roar to double victory

Kesteven's Sam Gilbert evades a last-ditch tackle to go over the Melton try line.
Kesteven's Sam Gilbert evades a last-ditch tackle to go over the Melton try line.
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Kesteven Lions under-10s took on Melton twice at home and triumphed 3-2 in both matches.

In the opener, Ks went ahead after a great piece of play that saw Alfie P score from a great offload to end a five-pass move.

Melton came back to level the score and would have gone ahead were it not for a magnificent try-saving tackle from Alfie P, which also saw the ball quickly recycled upfield to find Sam Gilbert storming cross field to put the home side back on top.

Ks were found napping after the break and allowed Melton a simple run-in to level the scores.

Kesteven dug deep with Matty powering over for the winning try to seal a well fought if hard earned victory.

The second game saw Melton keen to avenge defeat but Ks bettered what they came up against and the ploy of ripping the ball proved a good one and resulted in a well earned try for Leo.

Melton came back to level the score but once again Kesteven turned the tide in their favour with a Sam G try.

The visitors levelled once more but, right at the death, a phase of good handling by Ks ended with Matty powering his way thru to give the Lions their second victory over very strong Melton opposition.

Kesteven: Leo G, Alfie P, Jack S, Bob, Finn, Hugo, Fred, Harry R, Matty L, Sam G, Rory S.

l Kesteven Tigers under-10s played five games with eight players at a very blustery Peterborough.

The first match, against a sharp Wellingborough side, caught the boys slightly offguard and, barring a wonderful run from Joe from deep in his own half, there were few highlights for the boys in black.

The second game against host side Peterborough was more balanced but, despite outstanding scores from Joe and Sam B, Kesteven lost by a single try.

Moving swiftly from match to match, with barely five minutes between, the boys responded well to the gruelling schedule. Matches against Kettering and Oundle saw the Black Army start to come into their own with Terry and Rowan bringing some much needed power and stability at the breakdown. Two tries from Cam and one each from Josh and Dom started to increase the pressure on the opposition teams.

The final game proved to be the toughest and, with Kesteven starting to tire, the boys capitulated to a relatively fresh St Neots line-up.

Kesteven: Rowan, Sam B, Josh, Dom, Cam M, Joe, Harry C, Terry.