Hitchin pick up bonus point in their defeat at the Cosmos

PUBLISHED: 12:12 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 21 November 2016

James Bolter

James Bolter

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Hitchin Rugby Club travelled to Kilburn Cosmos on the back of two wins but came up against a team whose own recent results indicated a return to form after a poor start to the season.

In a game where 10 tries were scored, neither side took control of the game for long. The Hitchin pack were not allowed to exert their usual dominance, and the line-out was edged by the home side.

That Kilburn came through as winners was due in large part to their backs, who were dangerous on the break.

Hitchin took the lead after just five minutes with some quick thinking by Richard Sinclair. He collected the ball from a poor clearance kick to touch by Kilburn in their own 22 and threw to hooker Joshua Page who crossed in the corner for an unconverted try.

Jack Peachey was successful in kicking a 25m penalty to increase his side’s lead shortly afterwards but as the match entered the second quarter the Kilburn backs ran in their first try under the posts for seven points.

Hitchin’s man of the match Sinclair now increased Hedgehogs’ lead by gathering the ball in midfield and making good ground before chipping it over the last defender to collect and touch down for five points.

Hitchin’s prop Stuart West went on a typical 30m dash but found no support and Kilburn won the breakdown.

The hosts were soon attacking the Hitchin line but just missed out on scoring.

Before half-time came, Hitchin were pressing on the Kilburn 5m line but lost the advantage and the home side broke away.

They ran in their second try under the posts to take a one point lead at the whistle 14-13.

Hitchin opened the scoring in the second half, as skipper James Bolter touched down for an unconverted try after pressure from the pack on the home side’s line.

Kilburn took the lead again as their backs ran in to score in the corner in a move which was converted from touch, and minutes later more slick passing rubbed salt into Hitchin’s wound with their fourth converted try to lead 28-18.

Peachey narrowed the gap with a penalty only for Kilburn to strike back with another try from the back division.

Hitchin then lost Nick Panton to a yellow card and Kilburn crossed for their sixth try.

Then in injury time the visitors scored a bonus point fourth try as Phil Hobbs touched down as the pack had the last word

Old Merchant Taylors’ are the visitors to Old Hale Way this Saturday for a mid-table clash. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Hitchin: McGinnity, Page, West, Panton, Hobbs, Arbon, Underwood, Bolter, Shaw, Godfrey, Cartwright, Morgan, Sinclair, Peachey. Subs Atkins, Gerhard, Norman, Bendon.

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