Senior Match reports 2014-15
Saturday 21st February
O’Paulines 19, Kingston 22 (L)
In the first game under the new coaching partnership, Kingston emerged victorious following a strong contest away at Old Pauline’s.
It took a while for us to settle into the game giving away two tries early on due to strong running from the oppositions #8 and #12 and a couple of missed tackles on our part. However, 20 minutes in and with the score at 12-0 we started to switch on, building on a dominant scrum and lineout. A missed penalty at the opposition end led to a lineout within their 22, securing the ball a driving maul provided a great platform for the backs to use their moves and an excellent offload from Aidan Hamilton sent newly appointed scrum half Charlie Kelly in for the first try.
Following that initial score we remained in the opposition half for the remaining 20 minutes of the first half, pinning them back with kicks to touch and using the new plays to good effect. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to convert this into a score and finished up the half 12-7.
We started the second half strongly with the forwards driving a maul up from the half way line to their 5m. This was illegally brought down and the resultant scrum allowed us to get our second try of the match with Charlie and Ciaran Galvin fighting to put the ball down at the back.
With the score at 12-14 O’Paulines began to show signs of resurgence forcing us to play in our own half for a 15 minute spell. Strong defence kept them out until they were finally able to force their way through when their #5 broke through our guards to score.
After that we stepped our game up, even when Ciaran was sin-binned from not rolling away from a tackle (whilst injured!). Strong kicking from Harry Bettinson put us in their 22 and some inspired backs play’s sent us over the line for our third try courtesy of Simon Ridpath.
This score still left us tied 19-19 with 10 minutes of play remaining. After some concerted efforts from our opponents we managed to keep them in check and a break from Connor Ashwin set up the penalty that was calmly slotted away by Bobby McEvoy. From then on it was just a case of maintaining control and closing out the game although we missed out the bonus point after a driving maul was penalised for truck and trailer as it crashed over the line!
Altogether it was a great performance from the team who showed spirit to come from behind and take the win. We’ve got lots to look at leading into next week and which is lucky as coach Kevin Walters recorded everything (we hope!). Next week’s game is at home against Old Whitgiftian’s so it would be great to see some support down at the club.
Kingston 2ndXV v Battersea Ironsides 3rdXV (M)
Saturday 27th September
Kingston 23, Chipstead 20 (L)
Kingston made a dramatic comeback on Saturday, trailing by 14 points with 10 minutes to go to secure the win with the last kick of the game. With a number of players out, Kingston struggled in their usually good set-pieces, which limited their attacking opportunities.
Two early penalties by Larry weeks and tries from Chipstead meant Kingston were trailing 6-20 with ten minutes to go. Two converted tries in 8 minutes, one from Alex Hughes who chased a sliced kick and a second by Chi Kavindele who drove through the defence to score, levelled the score 20-20.
The kick-off was collected and Kingston attempted to run it out, only to give away a penalty. Chipstead kicked wide of the posts, but Kingston, determined to go for the win, decided to run it out. Chipstead then conceded two penalties taking Kingston to their half-way line. Up stepped Harry Bettinson, to put in a massive kick to slot the ball between the posts and secure a valuable early win.
Raynes Park 2ndXV v Kingston 2ndXV (M)
Raynes Park cried off last minute, so presumably K’s will be awarded the points.