Kings leave it late to seal a win over Footscray
By Chris Hogwood
Report from Tommy Willson
In what was a spectacular November afternoon, Kingsmen came out to play their brand of running rugby on what was a rather narrow pitch.
Though the narrow pitch could not contain what was a powerful start, with Clark picking up two tries after a couple of side steps and hard running lines from the backs. 14-0 up after what was a ferocious start, the intensity started to slip and a couple decision did not go our way, with Oaksey picking up a yellow after repeated team infractions.
Footscray then pulled themselves into the match with one interception run in (lucky Ceri isn’t here for the player ratings) and another try after dogged defending on our own line finally broke down. 12-14.
Footscray used their dominant scrum to their advantage and stuck to a simple game plan which then lead to another try taking them into the lead 19-14. Unfortunately Billy then found a relaxing 10 minute stint in the sin bin for coming in from the side. This then lead to a penalty try after their scrum pressed their advantage. 26-14.
Kings then found their heads, running their game plan well and after some good phases of play Ready atoned for the earlier pass and was over the line, setting up Clarke for an easy conversion. Then Ian channelled the spirit of Ceri from yesteryear and crashed over the line to tie the match 26-26. Harry duly slotted the conversion over for a two point lead and 4 minutes left to play.
Footscray, determined to get their first W of the season punched it up middle with hard running, mostly from their 6 and second rows, and after another cheap penalty from Kings was converted they were in the lead 29-28 with 2 minutes left to play.
Cheeky quick restart to the right and gathering possession from loose defensive work by Footscray, Kings worked the ball over to the left side of the pitch. Penalty awarded for what I think was a high tackle set up a tense last kick of the game.
Up steps Harry Clark and, under the watchful eye of his father on the touchline, cool as you like slots the kick in between the sticks. Ordering a pasty and beans for his efforts.
What a game.