The A team went to Sidmouth as a group of individuals many not having played together prior to this match. They entered and departed the field of play as a cohesive team that were a pleasure to watch and a credit to KRFC.
The home side with their several replacements were overheard being extremely confident prior to this game and to be fair started the quickest pressuring Kings line from the start. This early pressure though resulted in a single penalty kick for the hosts despite Kings giving away several other opportunities to help them along. While they were settling down the blues lost hooker Luckhurst to injury early on for a spell but he was ably replaced by young rugby rookie Elliott Tremlett Jones who equipped himself well.
The blue pack’s defence was resolute though and the lineouts with the immense contributions from Sean Woodland and Rob Scott held firm. Once settled Kings turned on the style and took the game to their hosts resulting in a try for no8 Jake Knight with extras added by the exciting find Tom Leman. The first half finished a well earned 3-7.
The restart was a real joy to see with all of the blues to a man putting on a fine show and working hard for each other, pleasing on the eye were the young half back pairing of Luke Jarvis and Leaman who maturely bossed the mid field and marshalled the backs resulting in some fine attacking runs. No concerns when the play broke down as the Kings powerful pack pushed their host all over the field stealing several balls with their shear strength and determination. The front row of Skipper Steve Shute, Greg Luckhurst and Jon Partridge were a real handful as were the back row of Dan Jarvis, Knight and Matt Gibbens, surely one of the strongest 2nd string packs around?
It was a combination of the pack and backs sprinkled with lightning ground making runs by Freddie Matthews, Chris Stacey and Dave Evans that allowed the team to build up the score through further tries from Luckhurst, Evans, Dan Jarvis and finishing off where he started the final try to Knight with extras, some difficult kicks added by Leman bringing the score to 10-36. The two’s are under no illusions and we know this team will change but what a fine start to build from.