King's score last minute try to secure win over Cranbrook
By Chris Hogwood
Match report - and player ratings - from Ceri
Cranbrook at home! What a fixture! King’s have suffered a few very heavy losses at Cranbrook over the last few seasons so it is important as ever to ensure we win at home.
Beautiful conditions, suiting both teams who over the last couple of seasons have been more about the finesse in the backs rather than the skullduggery of the forwards.
The game started well for King’s we retained the vast majority of the ball, and the early pressure told, when Tim Pope slips in for a try - and converted by Harry.
We were in the ascendency but Cranbrook started clawing their way back into the game. Cranbrook as a surprise, as it’s probably been the weaker part of their game for the last few seasons, had a very strong pack and walked us back a few times giving them good ball. Managed a good counter attack after losing a key player to injury, with his replacement Banksy poaching a try in the corner. A few handbags and the footballer in him came to fruition with a yellow card undermining a great finish. Conv missed by Harry. 12-0
Cranbrook by this point have woken up and started to battle their way into the game and pulled a try back with a missed conversion taking it to 12-5.
A few scores each way, and a lovely try from the team with ready breaking up a wing and passing it inside to Banksy who has found himself floating on his opposite wing and runs in under the posts.
Cranbrook again fight back and manage to scrabble their way through a few penalties and a try to put themselves 1 point in front with 4 minutes to go. Desperate times but King’s inch up the pitch when Ian runs a hard line drawing in a few players and finds a player thinking to himself “what would Ceri do” and runs a line against the angle straight through the hole, and keeps his pace to go around the fullback.
Congrats Dave Wallis, that’s the finest try I’ve seen you ever run in during my 6/7 year tenure.
This gives us a 6-point lead with 1 play to go and King’s battle through to earn a penalty, which is kicked into touch and the game is won.
Great game, and actually looked half decent standard from the sidelines - well done lads.
The last of my player ratings of this year!
1) Willie in der brown. Solid performance, although Cranbrook had the better of the front row - 5
2) Jack, makes me look like a marathon runner, lazy around the park. Line out ok and part of a struggling scrum. Got a yellow after his footballing side came through. 4
3) Pinchy. To say Pinchy was sweating would be an injustice to this man. Jesus he was wet after the game. Part of a struggling front row. 5
4) Liam O’Neill. Put in a hearty performance, was doing a lot of the unseen work. 6
5) Oaksy, his footballing side shone through once or twice, but good intensity. Out of place in a couple of breakdowns, as the forwards tired in the 2nd half. 6
6) Tommy. Put some good hits in, very nearly a 7 but there were one too many breaks through the fringes. 6
7) Billy. The pick of the forwards, got some crucial tackles, and is clearly enjoying carrying around his 10stone frame
8) Jake. After years of tiptoeing the line between backrow and prop Jake has been leaning up and is disgustingly near a six pack. Someone put him under their wing and get into Bodeans. Ok performance, didn’t do a lot wrong and worked hard, he’s enjoying the weight loss as he’s getting around the park well. 6
9) Xav, best game I’ve seen him play, he was class. Made some great decisions and gave Harry more time on the ball than he’s probably had in a while. 8
10) Harry, good game, if not for some of the bounces could have pinched a few Cross field tries. Threw mostly good passes, kicking was good and bad. 7
11) Ready, he’s been leaving brown stains on our shorts under the high ball lately, but didn’t see one go today, defence a tad shaky, but did some good work on the way to Banksy’s try
12) Ian. Put some big hits into their star ball carrier once again, great in defence, solid in attack 7
13) Ski dog. Had his usual game; makes good decisions, but doesn’t set the world alight. However he went back in time briefly and showed a bit of class that a lot of the lads who’ve only been at King’s for a season or wouldn’t have seen before. And ran in a screamer. 7
14) Fatso. Earning his beloved nickname through and through today. He was leaving tractor marks all over the field. Byron was thinking about asking him for a race. But speed off the line aside he made some timely interventions in defence. Probs a 5, but he gets a 4, because King’s deserves better.
15) Popey. Nicknamed so because of his connections with the Catholic Church. Scored a nice try, however got injured where he should have passed the ball. 6
16) Will Barraclough. Stepped in for a late Oaksy, and the weight difference told, because Oaksy loves naughty nibbles. Did a job 5
17) Banksy, super sub. Great off the wing pinched 2 tries, soured by the footballing moment which resulting in a yellow, could have been a 7 and overall a massive improvement from hsbc.
18) Beamer. Ran the lines all day, and the refs thought he did a terrific job marshalling the touchline. Crept on at the wing. Linemanning 8. Rugby 5.
Enjoy lads, great to see so many new faces around. Really important we build on the rugby with the social element, so make sure you’re wearing your 1’s and sticking around for a few beers to help make sure we get everyone embedded into the club.