RUGBY LEAGUE: Following an emphatic victory against Milton Keynes (56-16) in the first game of the Rugby League season, King’s Lynn Black Knights took to the field on another day full of heat and sunshine, welcoming Luton Vipers to Gatehouse Lane.
The Knights seemed unable to settle until late after the first whistle with Luton Vipers scoring under the posts from an uncontested kick.
Not long after, an overlap out wide allowed Luton’s winger to score near the posts making the score 12-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game. Black Knights started to sense the danger, woke up and stripped their game back to basics.
Brilliant running from the Knights’ powerful forwards and a beautifully timed pass allowed Captain Jaryd Bennett to score.
With the Knights running ever closer to the Vipers’ try line, a show of incredible strength from Chris Kent allowed him to power his way over the line for his first try for the Knights.
The next kick off saw Barry Scott annihilate the Vipers’ defence and score an individual try starting down the field from 60 metres, sprinting his way to the try line to score under the posts. The Knights lifted their play again. Mighty tackling saw them able to retain the ball combined with powerful runs, which allowed Luke Bailey go over for his first try of the season which took both teams into a well-deserved rest at halftime.
With the heat the referee allowed an extra-long half time break to give both teams time to recover and get back on to the pitch. Early from the kick- off, Quintan Houston caught the ball and scorched his way through the defence to score a spectacular solo try. Both teams were battling with injuries from a game filled with very physical attack and defence. The second try of the half came from Luton who managed to score out wide. After having come off the field with a bloody nose, Freddie Playford returned to the field and immediately scored a try running from the dummy half position.
Luton grabbed another chance with their player forcing his way over the try line. Hard running off a set play from the forwards saw Jaryd Bennett off-load to Neil Langley who drove himself over the try line and subsequently converted his own try. An awesome display of side stepping from the Knights’ dummy half Joe Shirley followed by an off-load to Jaryd Bennett who beat a couple of Vipers’ players before returning the pass to Bennett which saw him score the final try of the match under the posts. Quintain Houston converted six of the Knights’ tries. The final score was 48-22 to the Knights.
Fantastic runs and defence from both sides saw some great play. The game was played in good spirits with both teams working hard, but with respect for each other.
The Knights’ next game is away to Cambridge tomorrow (Saturday). The East Cup semi-finals are on June 17 at home against St Albans Centurions.