Stags miss the point

PUBLISHED: 17:40 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

HERTS Stags were left to rue a missed conversion as they lost by a single point to their Kent counterparts. The county s Under-20 team, featuring Welwyn player Tom Jankowski, lost 14-13 on Sunday. The match was the fourth place play-off for a Jason Leona

HERTS Stags were left to rue a missed conversion as they lost by a single point to their Kent counterparts.

The county's Under-20 team, featuring Welwyn player Tom Jankowski, lost 14-13 on Sunday.

The match was the fourth place play-off for a 'Jason Leonard and London & SE Trophy' at Aldershot.

The Herts backs had an excellent game, to such and extent that three players - Henry Robinson, Carling Colfer and Kris Cottenden - caught the eye of the divisional selectors.

Robinson, Colfer and Cottenden all made good breaks and they were finally rewarded when Kent conceded a penalty on the ground and Zac Vinnicombe added the points.

The Kent forwards gradually took some control and starved the Stags of possession.

After a 10-minute siege, Kent elected to kick a penalty and Tom Best equalled the score.

The Stags regained the advantage moments later when scrum-half Elliott Birkbeck ran a quick penalty and put Colfer over for a try.

Then, just before half time, Kent closed the gap with a second Best penalty.

Kent took the early second-half initiative and were soon in a position to drive Folkestone player Will Massey over from a lineout.

Half an hour had gone before the next score came.

Cottenden put in another powerful run and kicked ahead.

Kent fumbled the ball and Welwyn forward Jankowski was on hand to score under the posts.

Unfortunately the conversion hit a post and the Stags only led 13-11.

Minutes later, Kent replied with a third Best penalty from 30 metres to give themselves a slender one-point lead.

The Stags still had plenty of time to regain the lead but in the end were left to rue the missed kick at goal.


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