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1st XV - Match centre

Kilburn Cosmos
Stevenage Town
A Bursey, D Caplin, D Caplin
Tries
A Banna (2), G Turvey, M Wilson
F Hutt, F Hutt
Conversions
G Lewis (2)
Penalties
G Lewis (2)
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Good win in difficult conditions for Town

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A gale force wind blowing right across the pitch made conditions difficult for both sides. Despite this, both teams turned up with the intention of playing an open game, which led to an entertaining encounter.

Although Kilburn Cosmos were never in front, they did fight back to within five points of Stevenage with thirteen minutes left, until two late penalties by Gareth Lewis put the match beyond the hosts and deprived them of a losing bonus point.

Stevenage will however, believe that they should have put the match well beyond Kilburn Cosmos much earlier had they been more clinical in their finishing and taken the chances that their good work created.

As it was, Stevenage secured their twelfth try bonus point of the season, a record bettered only by champions in waiting, London Welsh.

Town opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute starting with taking a scrum against the head. This was a sign of things to come for Kilburn as they struggled against the power of the Stevenage pack all afternoon. The Stevenage front row of Barry Cook, Darren Outram and Bradley Cook stood firm throughout. No 8, Phil Pearson took the ball on and a superb pass from Jesse Tipene took out two defenders leaving Vinnie Kevans the job of putting Alex Banna in for the try. Lewis added the conversion.

Kilburn responded quickly with the first of their three tries in the 12th minute. All three Kilburn tries followed a similar pattern of quickly taken penalty kicks around five metres out and crashing over the line. First up it was flanker Alastair Bursey, who saw the gap and scored the try.

Stevenage moved the ball well; their new half back combination of Ian Crompton and Tipene provided quick ball, which kept them on the front foot for most of the match, creating several good chances, which went begging. They did score their second try in the 18th minute, when such a flowing move was finished off by right wing, George Turvey, who still had a lot to do to touch down in the corner.

Good, quick ball also resulted in Town’s third try in the 24th minute. Crompton and Tipene combined to put Banna away on one of his trademark runs to score under the post. Lewis converted to extend the lead to 19 – 5.

Stevenage’s inability to take full advantage of the scoring opportunities created meant that Kilburn Cosmos were always in striking distance and they reduced the arrears to seven points before half time. This time, prop Dan Caplin drove over after Stevenage had conceded two quick penalties close to their try line.

Town extended the daylight further in the 51st minute with an opportunist try by Michael Wilson. At the end of another flowing move, he saw a gap in the Kilburn Cosmos defence and weaved through it to score a fine try.

Despite more sustained pressure, Town were unable to add to their score and the Stevenage nerves were jangling when Caplin scored a carbon copy of his first try in the 67th minute, which was converted by Fraser Hutt, to bring the home side within five points.

Two penalties by Lewis in the 73rd and 76th minutes settled the nerves and the match. The second penalty resulted from another blistering break by Banna, ably supported by Tipene and Ben Hodge.

Apart from squandering a number of try scoring opportunities, this was a good performance by Stevenage in difficult conditions. They will be disappointed at the way they conceded three tries but the overall defence was sound, with Wes Moore again devastating in the tackle. Scott Quarmby and Conor Mitchell were prominent in the ball carrying department; Pearson was again dominant in the line out and replacements Adam Amos and Jack Zbucki made important contributions when they came on to make this a good team effort.

There is a week off, next week before the final three league matches of the season, starting with a home fixture against Tabard on 23 March.

Stevenage Town Team: Michael Wilson, George Turvey, Vinnie Kevans (Jack Zbucki 68 mins), Gareth Lewis, Alex Banna, Jesse Tipene, Ian Crompton, Barry Cook, Darren Outram, Bradley Cook, Conor Mitchell (Adam Amos 49 mins), Scott Quarmby, Ben Hodge, Wes Moore, Phil Pearson

Subs not used: None

Terry Penny

Tries: Alex Banna (2)
George Turvey
Michael Wilson

Conversions: Gareth Lewis (2)

Penalties: Gareth Lewis (2)

Key moments

6:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
7:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
12:00
Try Alastair Bursey scores for Kilburn Cosmos
18:00
Try George Turvey scores for Stevenage Town
24:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
25:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
35:00
Try Dan Caplin scores for Kilburn Cosmos
36:00
Conversion Fraser Hutt kicks a conversion for Kilburn Cosmos
51:00
Try Michael Wilson scores for Stevenage Town
67:00
Try Dan Caplin scores for Kilburn Cosmos
68:00
Conversion Fraser Hutt kicks a conversion for Kilburn Cosmos
73:00
Penalty Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town
76:00
Penalty Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town

Highlights

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76:00 Penalty 19 - 30
Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town
73:00 Penalty 19 - 27
Gareth Lewis kicks a penalty for Stevenage Town
68:00 Sub On
Jacek Zbucki is substituted on for Stevenage Town
68:00 Sub Off
Vincent Kevans is substituted off for Stevenage Town
68:00 Conversion 19 - 24
Fraser Hutt kicks a conversion for Kilburn Cosmos
67:00 Try 17 - 24
Dan Caplin scores for Kilburn Cosmos
52:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
51:00 Try 12 - 24
Michael Wilson scores for Stevenage Town
49:00 Sub Off
Conor Mitchell is substituted off for Stevenage Town
49:00 Sub On
Adam Amos is substituted on for Stevenage Town
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 12 - 19
Fraser Hutt kicks a conversion for Kilburn Cosmos
35:00 Try 10 - 19
Dan Caplin scores for Kilburn Cosmos
25:00 Conversion 5 - 19
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
24:00 Try 5 - 17
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
19:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
18:00 Try 5 - 12
George Turvey scores for Stevenage Town
13:00 Missed Conversion
Jacob Inerfield misses a conversion for Kilburn Cosmos
12:00 Try 5 - 7
Alastair Bursey scores for Kilburn Cosmos
7:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
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As it happened

  • Kilburn Cosmos
  • Stevenage Town
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  • Alex Banna Try 6:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 7:00'
  • Alastair Bursey Try 12:00'
  • George Turvey Try 18:00'
  • Alex Banna Try 24:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 25:00'
  • Dan Caplin Try 35:00'
  • Fraser Hutt Conversion 36:00'
  • Conor Mitchell Sub Off 49:00'
  • Adam Amos Sub On 49:00'
  • Michael Wilson Try 51:00'
  • Dan Caplin Try 67:00'
  • Vincent Kevans Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jacek Zbucki Sub On 68:00'
  • Fraser Hutt Conversion 68:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Penalty 73:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Penalty 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 100
2. Datchworth 22 87
3. Stevenage Town 22 79
4. Old Streetonians 22 73
5. Tabard 22 59
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56

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