Published on November 26, 2012 | by Sam Rowntree0
Arts Rugby suffer harsh defeat to Kings College
Second half tries from Zac Park, Matt Gibson and Josh Richardson gave Arts a 19-17 lead going into the last two minutes when Kings College converted a penalty that secured the visitors the win.
Arts conceded first after 25 minutes when a cross-field kick from the King’s Fly half bounced helpfully for them and was put over for a try that was converted. Kings College consolidated their lead with ten minutes to go in the first half, electing to take a penalty after another error from Arts that would put them 0-10 up at half time.
Arts’ scrum was strong all game, and their forwards gave them a way back into the game in the 44th minute when Park hustled the ball over the line after a powerful drive from a lineout inside Kings 22. Arts conceded two minutes later, after a strong multi-phase passing move from Kings allowed them around the side to make it 7-17.
Arts’ fight-back began after a period of possession that started in the 58th minute, when emphasis on running straight from the breakdown got them into the 22, and in the 62nd minute Flanker Gibson spotted a hole on the blindside and touched down only for the conversion to be missed by Guy Holt.
At 12-17, Richardson kicked and chased from the half way line, forcing an eventual scrum on Kings five-yard line. Richardson gathered the ball, cut inside and touched down to put Arts level. Holt converted to give Arts the lead with 3 minutes to go. However, Arts main scourge of the day, needless penalties, hurt them most with the final whistle in sight when Kings converted to put them ahead in the dying seconds.
Arts Captain Adam Bloomfield said: “It was a great game, a massive 80 minutes from all members of the squad. They put their bodies on the line and gave 100% so I’m very happy. The last five minutes we were 2 points up and we thought the game was ours. It was such a shame to lose by one point because I think everyone on the sidelines would agree on the day we were the stronger team.
“We gave them their chances and we didn’t take all of ours but we did score three tries so I’m made up, I’m bitterly disappointed to lose that match but I’m made up with the performance. It was a great game to get us back on track this season so I’m very positive.”