Rugby: Ilford Wanderers 5 Kings Cross Steelers 20
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 25 September 2018
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Kings Cross Steelers made it back-to-back wins in the London 3 Essex with a 20-5 victory against Ilford Wanderers.
Tries from Sam Judd, Morgan McKinnon-Snell, Kevin Morgan and Steve Brockman sealed the points for their side at Forest Road.
Dean Cutting, Director of Rugby, said: “On the first wet and windy day of this season the timing could not have been any worse to play an Ilford team that are normally associated with forward play and set piece dominance.
“However this KXS team had other ideas and met the challenge head on.”
The first-half was one of playing into the rain and wind and up the slope, and Ilford certainly had the majority of possession during this period, but the KXS defence and willingness to work hard for each other was evident from the outset, stopping regular waves of Ilford attacks and keeping the hosts at bay.
Despite this the Steelers did venture up the field and applied pressure of their own and were only narrowly stopped on a couple of occasions, one of which resulted in a penalty for Sam Judd to kick over to give the visitors a 0-3 lead.
The pressure continued by Ilford and eventually was telling and the KXS skipper was yellow carded for an offside infringement.
This could have proved costly but seemed to have the opposite effect as the defence kept knocking the attackers back phase after phase.
This remained the way the half-finished and some resolute defence won the half.
The second-half was a completely different story with KXS mounting regular attacks on the hosts’ line, although a break out for Ilford and a speculative kick ahead ended up with a fortunate bounce to an Ilford player to take the lead 5-3.
This spurred Steelers on to attack with more purpose and eventually the pressure told with a couple of quick well worked tries from McKinnon-Snell and Morgan.
This was followed up by a try from Brockman which was converted by Judd which finally finished any hope of a comeback for Ilford and so the game ended with a well-deserved victory.
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