RUGBY: Kesteven return to winning ways

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Midlands League 3

East (North)

Kesteven 69

Nottingham Moderns 10

Kesteven got off to a great start and within seven minutes they were in the lead.

The forwards won good ball and the backs responded with Olly Wood releasing Taylor on a run to the line from 40 metres for the opening try. Whittaker pushed his kick wide.

The second try followed immediately. Turner caught the restart and raced away. He found support from Purvis before Wood was again the provider to send Whittaker in for the try. He added the goal points.

Kesteven’s pack dominated all areas which was displayed in their next try. Odams showed again how useful a player he is in the loose as he broke clear and sent a lovely pass out to Brad Jepson who simply ran in for the third try.

Moderns had little possession but they were next on the scoresheet. The try came from a rare Kesteven error when a chip kick was charged down and picked up in one movement. A neat slip pass sent their fast winger on a clear run to the line.

The next score came when Cowley followed up a fine break by Goodrich, broke clear and fed Wood who jinked his way over, before Cowley again ran the kick off back.

Some intricate slick passing among the forwards saw Turner put Dingley in and, just before the break, Goodrich turned a seemingly impossible position to Ks’ advantage and sent Taylor in for his second try. Whittaker found his range and converted both tries with fine kicks for a comfortable 36-5 half time lead.

The second half continued in a similar vein. A penalty near halfway was kicked to the corner, leading to a line-out 20 metres out. The growing confidence in the Kesteven pack saw them take command.

Ed Bloodworth won the ball cleanly and the pack drove over from those 20 metres for Turner to emerge for a real forward’s try. Whittaker nailed the conversion.

Goodrich got his name on the scoreboard with a fine individual try which owed much to his own strong running.

Bloodworth made a fine break but his pass to Jordan did not go to hand with the line at his mercy. His try was not longing coming as another fine fluent move saw Jepson appear off his own wing to turn provider. This time Jordan made no mistake, touching down on the corner.

Ks ran straight back again and this time Dingley put Taylor out clear for him to run in. Again, Whittaker added the extras.

Moderns, to their credit, tried to play open rugby with what little possession they had and this time they recovered their own restart and were able to set their speedy wing in for his second tray.

The home side, however, reasserted themselves and finished the match off neatly. First Whittaker capped a fine individual display with a trademark try, leaving defenders clutching at thin air as he danced in, before Lidstone brought the curtain down on a fine afternoon with a neat scrum half’s try at the post. Whittaker’s final kick was good.

Kesteven: Whittaker, Jepson, Taylor, Goodrich, Lidstone, Wood, Dingley, Odams, Sheardown, Purvis, Sayle, Cowley, Lines, Webster, Turner Reps: Bloodworth, Cann, R. Jordan.