KRFC AXV 47 .v. 7 Torquay 3rds
Kings turned the tables on this the tics 3rd string having lost heavily to them early in the season. This result and those of past weeks are down to a final stability within the side and credit must go for the improved commitment shown of late. Kings started brightly enough but it seemed that they were destined to kick away the early hard earned possession but once they had settled and kept the ball to hand the writing was on the wall for Torquay who had very few answers. The first score came from skipper Nobby Horton who latched on to a loose ball from the scrum and touched down for an early lead. Fly half Gareth Hack who was later to be very influential put over the first of his excellent conversions to increase the lead. Then almost a mirror image try was scored by the visitors for their only scores of the game. The next Kings try was a brilliant affair which started with a poor pass from the speedy centre John Moore but Hack was there to tidy up and shift it back to Moore who made up for his only error of an excellent days work to cut through and go over, Hack again converted.
Not to be outdone the pack worked hard and very well together and no 8 James Lake used his strength to power over from a scrum. Hack converted. Playing against the wind in the first half meant the pack had to work hard to ensure good ball and the front row of Jack Taylor, Richie Rossiter and Rob Pearsall tore the visitors apart. The second half continued in the same vein as the first with the excellent Hack going over from way out to score, he then used his skill and the strong wind to swerve the conversion over from the touchline, 28-7. Watching this game would have been hard without noticing that the evergreen “Farmer” Wotton was involved in just about everything, putting himself all over the field to good effect. The next score came from a quick tap penalty by the experienced Chris lee who fed the ball to Lake who went over, Hack again put in a superb kick to add the extras. Playing in the centre away from his normal position Duncan Lilburn showed his class and immense abilities by also putting in an excellent display with his rampaging breaks up field. Local celebrity the versatile Alan Rowden was next to score a popular try as the crowd went wild with delight, Hack again put the ball over, 42-7. Kings had the final say on a miserable day for the tics with Drew Nicol going over out wide following an excellent run. Alas though Hack missed this one but hey ho after such a display we can forgive him.