Kilburn 95 Ruislip 7
Andy's report on todays match
Old timers who can recall a narrow, rain drenched victory here 3 years ago can barely have imagined the ease with which our squad, clearly in the ascendancy, rolled over this opposition today. The game against the league 4 outfit was played over four quarters to allow experimentation. Faces changed, but what didn’t was the regularity with which we galloped over their line.
Today fixture though was not the walk in the park that the score line may suggest. It was built on fine teamwork, ferocious competition for possession, slick handling and sublime individual skills that were gratifying for the supporters to see.
The game opened with some neat forward combinations that saw us press on into their 22, before spreading the ball wide for Kieran to score under the posts, thus starting where he left off last time out. Daniel converted. Jade soon broke down the blindside and though he was held up a few metres short, Ben bundled over from close range. Soon however a slip up in midfield let the opposition break into our 22 and our failure to clear decisively let them in for a converted try. Yousif rediscovered his scoring touch, with Daniel adding the conversion, before Ben bagged his second, taking us into the first break 24-7 to the good.
The next period saw Kilburn move out of sight with Yousif crossing for a second time, and Kieran adding two more to mark an early hat trick, Daniel and Yousif supplying the bonus points. Towards the halfway mark we lost control of the loose and found ourselves pinned back on our try line. What happened next was to be the high point of the encounter. Kilburn pinched the ball and launched a blistering counter attack. Daniel and Jim featured more than once in a move that saw the ball pass though many sets of hands before Yousif crossed the line for a hat trick of his own. We thus went in 48-7 ahead.
By now the Ruislip heads were dropping and the London side were rampant. Further tries were added by Kieran, Jim (converted Yousif), Conna, Ben (completing the trio of hat tricks), Jade, Micky, Archie (from a charge down), Peter and Kieran once more (I make that 5 in total).
Sterner tests await us over the coming weeks, but the team look well drilled, fit and in fine form. Player’s man of the match was Ben. This view from the touchline was also that that Tom deserved special mention for tigerish work in the loose, as did Jim, who was always available to carry the ball and provide a link.