KCL arrived at the University of South Wales (USW) with something to prove on the back of a disappointing loss to Swansea the week before. A soggy pitch and a plethora of injured players in vital positions foreshadowed a gloomy afternoon for KCL. However, a sharp warm up set the team up for a solid start, taking 3 points early on. With the University of South Wales possessing the larger pack that day; they got the first try through a driving lineout on the KCL five metre line. But, KCL started to play in the wider channels, punching holes through their defences and making deep inroads into the opposition’s 22. KCL’s first try came through George Beal who slipped through a tackle and sneaked under the posts for a 7-pointer. After several great periods of smooth interplay between backs and forwards, simple errors and silly penalties drive KCL away from University of South Wales’ line and back into their 22. After going a man down with less than 10 minutes to go until the half, KCL were put under the cosh and nothingshort of a heroic display of bravery and grit kept the opposition out for the rest of the half. In addition to this, KCL got a breakaway try through the gazelle-like winger Gus scoring in the corner in the final play of the half. Half time 15-7 to KCL.
KCL went into the second half positively but after receiving again more injuries the defence began to splinter. Nevertheless KCL battled on and the only way USW went over the KCL line was through the set piece. KCL came within touching distance of the USW try line through flawless offloading play. Nonetheless, a questionable decision from the referee gave USW the opportunity to clean their line. Even after strong displays from the replacements it was too late, with USW scoring their tries late on to give a final score of 29-15 in the favour of USW.
Many positives can be taken out of the game with strong performances from every player. A speedy recovery is wished to those lads who took knocks in the match and a huge thanks goes to Blaise who stepped up as coach in our time of need.