King's send message to the league with big win at home
Match report by Chris Hogwood. Scores by Ceri.
King's bounced back from a disappointing away trip to post a a convincing win against league leaders Beccehamian.
While the 48-14 score line won't impact on the league standings immediately, the performance sent a clear message to all the teams in a hunt for a top four finish in Kent One. Most importantly, the performance was one of the best of the season from the 1s, and did a lot to build confidence for the run-in to the end of the season.
Ian Williams was the stand out man of the match with a five-try haul - but it was his defence which really set the tone for the day. He absolutely clattered Beccehamian's massive second row in the opening five minutes which set down a marker and the pattern for the rest of the game.
King's were playing in the right half of the field from the off, and with the scrums working well, were able to work their way into a 10-0 lead with two unconverted tries.
Beccehamians got one back through their repeated attempts to run penalties, with King's discipline letting them down in the mid quarter of the half.
Warning duly received, King's put their foot back on the gas, squeezing the opposition in defence and attack with some big carries from the centres and the back row making huge dents all backed up by big tackles across the park. Ed had talked a lot about line speed in the build-up and for key periods of the game, King's defence really responded, stopping big carriers on the gain line and putting pressure on the league leaders attack.
The standout moment of the match was Ceri using great rugby intelligence to intercept near our own line and put the hammer down only to realise 10m into his glorious run to the tryline that perhaps he was still carrying some holiday weight and wasn't going to make it all the way. Desperately looking for support he was hauled down by their winger despite a good 20 metre head start.
The tries were scored by Ian (5), Harry, Tim Pope and the final one to Chris McKeand (which is the only I was close to following a bit of kick tennis).
Honourable mentions to Harry, who kicked brilliantly to get us into the right areas of the pitch, Tim who cleared up all sorts of kicks and the whole front five for nullifying the Beccehamians pack. But all the plaudits to Ian for a near perfect game.
The return of the infamous player ratings by Ceri
1) Jake - front row had a solid game. Bec’s have a notoriously strong pack so to have parity even with mouldys is a great feat. 6
2) Oli - part of a decent forwards effort. A few lineouts went off, but managed to steal a couple of scrums. 5
3) Hogwood - Part of a solid forwards effort, worked hard around the park. 6
4) John. A good couple of runs part of a very good forwards effort - 7
5) Sloth. A good couple of runs and a few good catches in the lineout. 6
6) Tommy, made absolutely tonnes of tackles, seems to be getting better with every game at the moment. 7
7) Oaksy. probably the best game at flank he’s had at the club. A nuisance in the lineout and linked well with the backs. 8
8) Smiler. A good game, no yellows, and carried well. 7
9) Fatso. Class at 9, gave the backs really quick ball, and played as an extra backrow. 8
10) harry. A very good game, passing was good and read the game well. Kicking from tee is what brought him down to a 7
11) Ready. had a couple of good runs, and offered a lot of lines from the blindside making room for others. 7
12) Ian. Tackling is on a different level at the moment, and the centre partnership is working really well in defence. In attack he offered loads of supporting lines and worked very hard. 5 tries enough said. 9.
13) me. Good line speed, really stopped the backline getting any width. A perfect intercept and was caught impersonating a prop as their winger closed down 50 metres, in the space that it took me to cover 20 metres. 6
14) Treds, good pace. And had some good skills, got knocked into touch once and wasn’t where I wanted him when I did a no look pass. 6[/bT
15) Tim. Ran a good couple of lines, and got a great try. Some good pace. Admitted he couldn’t catch me on the intercept. A couple of average kicks brought him down to a 7, otherwise really really good game. [b]7