The King’s Lynn Black Knights travelled to Bedford to play their match against the Tigers in the Vase Semi-Finals.
Even though the Knights were light on substitutions due to injuries, they managed to get enough players to travel and play.
The Knights scored within the first minutes from a kick on the fifth tackle from Simon Leader to put Ed Crewe in at the corner. This was followed by another try from a scrum with loose forward Rory O’Sullivan picking up the ball and charging himself over. The Knights had several chances to score, a pass from Leader to Dan Nunn to score under the posts was disallowed and ruled to be forward.
Also came an individual run from Quintan Houston from 70 metres out, but he was caught a metre out from the try line by the Tigers fullback. The Tigers scored next with quick passing out wide to score in the corner. With the Knights suffering with injuries Paul Allen had to kit up to play. Within minutes of getting on the pitch Allen scored under the posts from a brilliant break from over the half by Stephen Aspery who passed off to Leader then Allen to score before the half, try converted by Leader.
Half-time score: Knights leading by 14-4.
The Knights went into the half carrying a few injuries but started well with a few penalties given for high tackles and delaying the play the ball.
From a penalty Reg Dunn hit the ball up and passed off to Vitalius Trusksina to score under the posts, try converted by Leader. Knights missed out on another opportunity to score when Dunn was ruled to be held up over the try line.
With several injuries in the second half the Knights defence suffered allowing the Tigers to slip in three tries out wide to bring the score to 20-20. With 20 minutes left on the clock a brilliant run from Aspery brought the Knights within 20 metres of their try line, followed by hit ups from Dunn, O’Sullivan and Neil Langley to allow hooker Joe Shirley to dummy and score under the posts, try converted by Leader. With 10 minutes left on the clock Reihana Haare joined the team which seemed to lift the boys to finish the game off with some excellent running from the forwards Joe Shirley again to throw the dummy and run 20 metres to score another try under the posts also converted by Leader.
Final score: 32-20 to the Black Knights who go through to the Vase Finals in a couple of weeks’ time. The Knights play their next match tomorrow in Cambridge against Southend Spartans.