King's get over wobbly start to keep season alive
By Chris Hogwood
King's managed to secure a solid win - but didn't make it easy for themselves
It looked like a great day for rugby as King's returned to Turney Road following the previous game's postponement due to snow.
Unfortunately, faced with a Sittingbourne team that is fighting for survival in Kent One, King's didn't turn up for the opening salvos. Sittingbourne score right from from the kick-off and things didn't stop there. A series of missed tackles and basic errors saw Sittingbourne take a 0-17 lead around 20 minutes in.
Some choice words from captain John Ledger and both Oaks and Ceri making some big tackles count saw King's edge back into it. The catalyst was a few lineout drives which saw King's pack working well together to make strong ground before the ball was released to the backs to get us going forward. Ceri put in some good runs and the forwards started linking up and off-loading well to keep momentum.
From being 0-17 down, King's went in just ahead 19-17 at the interval (I might have accidentally said to the ref that it was 17-17 but Harry was quick to correct me that HE HADN'T ACTUALLY MISSED TWO CONVERSIONS JUST ONE OK?).
I can't remember the sequence of first half tries but I think it was Josh, Ceri and Oaks with a pushover try from a big rolling maul that went from just inside the 22 to score.
The second half saw King's rack up the intensity and score two quick tries from the off, one by Ceri and one by Jack, I think.
In all King's scored seven tries in total, with one more for Ceri (hat-trick) and Harry cooly ignoring a five-man overlap to take on two men and slide in.
Sittingbourne never stopped playing and scored a good try on the left side following some good interplay. But King's defence was solid for the rest of the match to set a good platform for them to go on and chase for honours at the end of the season.
Big credit to George Edgar for a big defensive shift and some strong running. Ceri for showing he's still got the gas to score three tries. But MoTM goes to Josh for some big bullocking runs which got us on the front foot. Despite his habit of kicking out of hand...