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Kent through to Twickenham final

4 years ago By Mike CUBITT

Gravesend players in Kent XV that won through to the Bill Beaumont division 2 final at Twickenham, Sunday 1 June.

Behind to an early penalty, Kent came back with a try from hooker Joe Bonner, to bring the scores to 5-3. Some scrappy play and indiscipline kept Somerset in the game, but where they missed the penalty chances, Kent added two for 11-3 advantage at the break.

The second half continued to see Kent players caught infringing at the breakdown and Somerset were pleased to take an easy three point to close the gap 11-6.

Good forward pressure from the home pack earned its reward when skipper Tom Stradwick went over the line just wide of the post. The successful conversion from the boot of Ben Summers eased the score to 18-6.

Kent were beginning to get control of the game, and apart from a couple of break-outs from the Somerset line, never looked in danger of loosing their lead.

More offside at the ruck and another penalty for the visitors, before the outstanding Kent No 8 Jon West went through for Kent's third try of the afternoon. Summers was again on target from the tee to take the score on to 25-9.

With the sun now shining on the park, a final penalty from the boot of Summers saw Kent through, 28-9, to face winners of division two North, Durham, at Twickenham on Sunday 1 June

Where next?

Gravesend players take flight to Italy Ben Ide (left) and Jason Owen head off to Italy on Thursday for England International duty.
Kent v Somerset GRFC selections Five Gs boys in squad again.

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