RUGBY: FI­NAL WARM-UP GAME SEES CITY CLUB RUN IN NINE TRIES IN COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE VIC­TORY

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport -

Can­ter­bury’s dom­i­nance of the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing a three-try burst in 10 min­utes, ef­fec­tively ended their fi­nal pre-sea­son game at West­combe Park as a con­test on their way to a 51-12 cruise.

They were just five points in front at the break, thanks to a late try gifted to Guy Hil­ton and were made to work hard by a Combe side dan­ger­ous on the counter.

But on a warm af­ter­noon, Park lost en­ergy but never their de­ter­mi­na­tion, against a city side that sharp­ened up con­sid­er­ably once they had the ad­van­tage of a slop­ing pitch.

Six of their nine tries came in the sec­ond half and the fi­nal touch­down by Frankie Mor­gan, con­verted by Tom Best, took them through the 50-point mark.

With both squads miss­ing sev­eral se­nior play­ers, it was an op­por­tu­nity to give game time to some young pre­tenders and Can­ter­bury head coach Andy Pratt will have been pleased with that with the open­ing league game loom­ing on Satur­day.

The city side made a pos­i­tive start as they con­trolled the first quar­ter and took the lead with a Kieran Thomp­son try.

Two tries from Combe, one con­verted, gave them the lead be­fore Sam Rogers even­tu­ally pulled one back from a catch-and- drive. It took a wild pass in the fi­nal minute to present Hil­ton with the try, con­verted by Ol­lie Best, that edged Can­ter­bury ahead

How­ever, when the game restarted, it quickly be­came a one-way street. Piers Richard­son (2) and Harry Say­ers, scored in an early burst, fol­lowed by Ol­lie Best, who added his sec­ond con­ver­sion, and new boy Jake Rigby.

Mor­gan fin­ished off the rout close to the fi­nal whis­tle.

and the ref­eree were not on Pil­grims’ side as they suc­cumbed to a sec­ond-half con­verted try to lose at West­combe Park 2nds 22-15.

A squad light on re­place­ments were fur­ther hand­i­capped by in­juries and red and yel­low cards.

Can­ter­bury took the lead with a try from cen­tre Brad Allchurch but Combe drew level, de­spite their be­ing a clear knock-on be­fore the score. Allchurch grabbed his sec­ond try but the home side lev­elled by half-time.

Af­ter the break, some in­dif­fer­ent tack­ling al­lowed Combe to take the lead for the first time but a great team ef­fort ended with an Alex Miller try which brought it to 15-15.

A sin-bin­ning for Ross Com­fort and then a send­ing-off for prop Dan Gill were no help to Pil­grims’ cause. They paid for it by con­ced­ing the con­verted try which proved to be the win­ner.

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