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1st XV - Match centre

King's College Hospital
HSBC
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - Shepherd Neame Kent 1 Full time

King’s victorious at home to secure best ever finish in Kent One

Fitting end to a great season

King’s College Hospital RFC finished the season third in Kent One – their highest position yet – following a 14-7 victory against HSBC at home.

The two sides hadn’t met since the opening day of the season, when a physical game had seen King’s emerge 28-15 victors.

It was clear HSBC wanted revenge, and with King’s needing a bonus point to guarantee third place – or else rely on other results, the scene was set for an edgy affair.

v HSBC 14/4/18
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Fortunately it was King’s out of the blocks first scoring two quick tries in the first half, both through Harry Clark, both of which he converted to take a 14-0 lead.

However HSBC had come to play and they put together a period of pressure that seemed to last at least 10 minutes, culminating in a converted try to take the score to 14-7.

From there, both teams became quite cagey, with some big exchanges between both forward packs and the backs effectively neutralising one another.

If anything, perhaps King’s tried to play too much rugby, with the desire for a bonus point maybe playing too much on everyone’s minds.

Following a long season, both teams played each other to a standstill, with no more scores, leaving the final score 14-7 to King’s.

But as the teams came off, news filtered through that results had gone King’s way meaning they had secured third – the club’s highest position so far in Kent One.

The official man of the match was number 8 Billy Scanlan, who was a steadying influence at the set piece.

But Captain John Ledger was keen to pay tribute to the whole squad following a strong campaign.

“It was brilliant to get the win today but it’s been fantastic to be part of the club this season. I’m so proud of the boys and everything they’ve put in. We know we can mix it with everyone in this league and we’re looking forward to going even further next season.”

King's head into summer looking forward to some well-earned rest - and a few games of touch rugby to keep the fitness up!

It’s our final Kids First Champion for the season! David ‘Flats’ Flatman and two special guests surprise Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.

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v HSBC 14/4/18
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v HSBC 14/4/18

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Vigo 22 68
2. King's College Hospital 22 60
3. Beccehamian 12 44
4. Gillingham Anchorians 11 32
5. Old Gravesendians 21 28
6. Royal Bank Of Scotland 13 26
7. Ashford 10 24

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