In the wake of the presidential election result KCL were feeling optimistic that they too, could cause an upset as the headed to challenge the table topping Bristol 1s. The dull feeling from the four-hour coach journey was overcome by an intense and focused warm up, in which Campaign Manager Mathew Radley fired up the KCL boys who were keen to trump Bristol.
The late kick off meant the drama of the game unfolded under flood lights. From the start, the match was fast paced thanks to the 3G playing surface and the energy from both teams. KCL’s strong start led to them dominating territory. However, Bristol managed to sneak a few trys due to them capitalising on KCL’s mistakes. King’s attack was penetrating at times, leading to many line breaks during the match. Nonetheless, the great wall of Bristol’s defence stood strong enough to survive the waves of KCL migrants trying to reach their goal line. With a controversial disallowed try against KCL, and William John executing a perfect penalty kick, the first half ended 22-3 to Bristol.
With KCL growing into the game with better retention of possession from more fluid phases of play, the second half was a far tighter contest between the two sides. King’s ratings in the polls increased as they put even more pressure on Bristol from their strong set piece. An improving scrum and dominant line out gave a good platform for KCL to continue a positive second half performance. With Bristol only managing to land a couple tries leaving the score of the second half at an improved 10-0 to Bristol.
The end result of the contest was 32-3 votes to Bristol. Despite the outcome the were many positives to take away from the match. With cohesion growing and momentum building in the team, maybe KCL should wait till next week to make themselves great again.