KXS 1st XV (20) v Campion (29)
Dean Cutting, Director of Rugby:
“KXS played against a well established Campion side that have been in and around this league for many years now. We knew that this game would be a different test with the expansive rugby that they like to play.
It was a great day for running rugby but the day was littered with many infringements by both sides and trying to play multi phases was difficult with the official on the day awarding a total of 33 penalties between the both teams.
The game was close in the first half with both sides having an even percentage of the ball and was 3 - 3 with 15 minutes to go. Campion scored the first try of the game and converted making 3 - 10 this seemed to spark KXS into life and we responded with a try of our own. This was through Fraser smashing over from distance, the conversion was missed making the score 8 - 10. This was looking like the half time score until Campion scored with a late un-converted try at the death of the first half to make the score 8 - 15.
The second half saw the KXS came out firing and scored two tries with only one unconverted making the score 20 - 15 to KXS. Despite another couple of attempts at a goal through penalties there was no success. Campion scored two late converted tries to take the game to 20-29 and leave the hosts with nothing for the day.
Again more lessons learnt and now to rectify before playing Barking away next week - onwards and upwards.”
KXS 2nd XV (37) v Runwell Wyverns (35)
Claudio Mazzetti, 2nd XV Coach:
“The weekend was a hard fought victory for the KXS II in an away game against Runwell Wyverns I.
It was a great start for the Steelers who came with strong pressure leading to an early try from great forwards work, converted by Chris Martin. The Wyverns quickly exploited a weakness in a defensive ruck to return the score.
With strong attacking from the Steelers, particularly in the forwards, winning set pieces and producing good phases - we came back scoring one kick and two more tries in the first half.
Unfortunately, the KXS II concentration lagged, and the first 15 minutes of the second half allowed the Wyverns to score three tries.
Spurred on with renewed energy, grit and determination the team finally regained control and scored a try on a turnover ball. In a tough game a kick from the Steelers and two tries from the Wyverns saw the home team ahead by two points.
The Steelers managed to apply a prolonged pressure on the Wyverns, keeping them in their 22 for the last 10 minutes of the game. This payed off and KXS II managed to score the winning try in the last play through a forwards carry from a ruck.”
KXS 3rd XV (41) v Dagenham II (27)
Bryan Verster, 3rd XV Coach:
“This was the KXS 3rds first game of the league season and the team was determined to get off to a winning start.
Dagenham, as we have come to expect, were not a small side but the game plan was to secure as much possession as possible and then get the ball wide quickly.
The forwards applied themselves brilliantly and although we never carried the ball much, possession was reliably secured from the scrum and at the ruck which gave the backs a platform to attack from.
Only three minutes after kick off, we won a penalty in Dagenham’s 22 and made sure of the 3 points to go up early in the game. This was good for overall confidence and the belief only grew from there.
Ten minutes later and some quick ruck ball resulted in the back line breaking up field and scoring a great try scored under the post. This was followed up 5 minutes later with another try scored from some beautiful forward and back interplay.
Dagenham came back strongly towards the end of the second half with two tries of their own and the game was in the balance but the Steelers managed to run in a try in the dying seconds of the half to go up by 12 points.
By the second half Dagenham were struggling with the pace of the game and with a few injuries. Good pre-season conditioning was paying off for the Steelers and we were injury free and not too tired at the restart.
Poor line-outs and several penalties meant that for a large portions of the second half we were defending on our line but the guys really knuckled down and withstood a long barrage from Dagenham. They scored twice but had tired themselves out in the process.
From then on we managed to secure more possession with the backs running through and around a tiring opposition. Three more excellent tries were scored and converted to make the final score 41-27 to the Steelers.
Most pleasing was how the team stuck to the game plan. A good defensive effort coupled with gutsy tackling and good pressure meant that we were able to hold off their big pack and when we had opportunities we were able to score. All six tries came from the back line!
A great start to the league season from a very determined and focused team.”
Saturday 29th September
KXS 1st XV v Barking (Away)
KXS 2nd XV v East London III (Away)
KXS 3rd XV v Ravens (Home)
KXS 4th XV v Grasshoppers III (Home)
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Updated 13:28 - 2 Oct 2018 by Tom Gorton-Clark