London Exiles 14 Kingston 5

On a very wet and windy conditions on Saturday, Kingston put in a below-par performance and slipped up against in-form London Exiles.

After being 0-3 down to a penalty, Kingston mauled their way to Exiles try line - the defence eventually breaking allowing for Ciaran Galvin to slip off the side of the maul to score and put Kingston into a 5-3 lead.

Kingston held the lead for no more than five minutes. Exiles chipped a ball over the back-line and, with a fortunate bounce, bobbled over the head of Ks full-back and into the arms of the chasing kicker for an Exiles try. In the blustery conditions, the conversion was missed.

A score of 8-5 at half-time was not a bad result for Kingston, who would now have the wind behind them in the second half.

However, they did not take advantage. Although the pack drove the play forwards well with some excellent mauling, there was not enough open running to break the gain line effectively.

The back-line were having a torrid time in the conditions and, although there were a few half-breaks, these very quickly evaporated. Kingston conceded a further two penalties to round off a rotten afternoon for the club.

This Sunday, Ks faces Old Emanuel in the Surrey Shield final at Imber Court.