Tottonians refused our suggestion of “last try wins” to deservedly clinch the London 2SW title. King’s more than matched Totts in open play to score four tries and to gain some consolation with the bonus point. However Totts always had the option of tightening the game and using long, organised and highly effective forward drives.
King’s gave debuts to Mike Roberts and Harry Booth. Mike played loose head the whole game and held his own well. In hindsight, this talented 19 year old should have gained 1XV experience before today but much more will be seen of him in the future. Harry came on as hooker after 50 minutes to replace the ever young Paul Calaminus. We hope Harry will play regularly next season and for our last two matches of this season.
The rest of the pack managed to not be totally outplayed with special mention to George Taylor who filled in at 6 when Diggy declared himself unavailable.
In between some fine play from Totts – the Searle brothers to the fore – which reaped them 9 tries, King’s scored four tries. The first after a clever kick by Rory Jones saw John Walton astutely judge the bounce to perfection to gallop over in the corner – Totts were so confused their match report attributed the score to our winger! Secondly, Rory himself skipped through the Totts defence and at only 12 – 15 down King’s for a short while hoped their open play might be enough to edge the game.
In the second half Tom Smith ran through after some great handling and then repeated the trick in the last play of the game.
King’s will miss Totts and their friendly supporters next season. For once we survive the London 2 level only to see Totts go and win the league! Well done Totts. But surely “ last try wins???”
King’s now have a final away day at Tadley on the 11th April and then have to organise themselves for the Surrey Trophy final vs Guildford on the Monday 4th May at Esher RFC. It should be a good end to a successful but just possibly a season that could have been even better without injuries and if all the squad were regularly available. The first we can do nothing about but the second only the players can control.