|KCs 1st XV finished in 7th place in the league and they could not have hoped for much more as they are still rebuilding their team. To their credit they have given many of their young players a chance and they did well when selected. Some of the “veterans” are still performing well, but they will soon need replacing. The problem is, the positions they play in are not always easy to fill. Andy Stooksbury at 40 is still a very competent stand-off, but it has not been possible to find someone inside the club to take over this very important position.|
Number 8 Mark Cleeton must find each game hard on the body, but he still gives 100% in every game.Ambro Neri is not as quick down the wing as he was, and doesn’t knock so many opponents over with his incredible tackling, but his enthusiasm never wains.
Four young men have certainly caught the eye, more especially in the second half of the season. James Whitehouse almost became automatic choice at full back and scored four tries.
Owen Jones was tried on the wing and scored five times. Ollie Toms, still has a lot to learn but his promotion to the 1st team showed his full potential. as a flanker he was always involved. One for the future. James Guest looks as if he would not take much stopping, but opponents have found him difficult to catch.Joint leading try scorer with 9 tries, he has an incredible season’s total in the other XVs. He scored twenty four for the 2nd XV and eleven for the 3rds.
The 1st XV won 16 of their 30 games, scoring 638 points against 538. Twenty-two of those games were in the league where they won on ten occasions.
The 2nd XV rounded off a good season by winning the KCRFC 2nd XV Cup for the first time in its 17 year history. A narrow 7-0 win against Aston Old Edwardian’s was cause for big celebrations at the club. They won 15 out of 30 games, scoring 711 points against 490.
Sean Ryan was in charge of the 3rd team and they recorded 18 wins in 29 games. Their points for, 906, would have reached 1000 but for one or two games having been cancelled.
The 4th team only managed 3 games, winning one of them. Not many clubs at KCs’ level can muster 3 teams each week let alone four.
Director of Rugby Phil Knowles was pleased with the way things went.
So, a reasonable all round season that saw the completion of the building program. The facilities for players and supporters are second to none. Here’s hoping for more success next September when we kick off again.
BRIAN GITTINS (PRESS SEC) 01562 745429
|Re-created with the kind Permission of Mr B Gittins|