OWs denied Shield win..........
Ronan Byrne, 25 April 2002 15:30
Old Whitgiftians 3 KCS Old Boys 21
Old Whitgiftians and KCS Old Boys renewed their rivalry on Saturday in the Surrey Shield Final at Croham Road. OWs started up their famous slope and thought they had opened the scoring when the referee awarded a scintillating try by Payton on the left wing. It would have been one of the finest tries of the season but the touch judge persuaded the referee the final pass had been forward. There followed a period of even play when the OW forwards dominated the lineouts through Glanville-Overton and Wiseman and effective scrummaging by the pack. However, this failed to bring a score due to the resolute defence of KCS and OWs incurred several penalties for offside. This resulted in three penalty goals kicked by Whalley for KCS before half-time but only one for the OWs, by Poole. KCS posted the first try with a well angled run by outside centre Malik, who went between two opponents to score under the posts.
But the OW forwards were still holding their own, mauling the ball forward into the KCS 22 and threatening their line more than once. However, KCS held out and on two occasions stole the ball breaking around the maul to set up dangerous attacks from their 22. The first resulted in a breakaway try by their left wing Russell and the second would have been a repeat but for some stout defence by the fullback Dempsey. OWs were not dismayed by the score and pressured KCS up front and behind the scrum in the last quarter. The fact they couldn't score was testament to the KCS defence, who always had enough defenders to thwart OW assaults and run out convincing winners of the Shield.
April 24, 2002 11:30
Courtesy of This Is Local London