Canterbury 5th v Maidstone Vets
CANTERBURY 5th 31pts MAIDSTONE VETS 15pts
It was Canterbury who drew first blood in the opening 5 minutes with their wingman Will Rayner side stepping the defence to break free touching down under the posts for the easy conversion. The reply was swift from Maidstone within minutes some powerful running forced their way over for an unconverted try out wide. The Zingari had to fight hard with Maidstone having the best of the territory before Jez Swan forced his way over the line on a rare visit to the Maidstone line for Canterbury’s second converted try. This was compounded just before halftime when Rob Paul picked off a loose midfield pass, and with the interception went under the posts for a converted try giving the city side a comfortable 31- 5 halftime cushion.
The second half saw The Zingari play with more confidence and purpose with Phil Cotteral first on the second half try list followed ten minutes later with Kevin Stevens adding to the total as the game went into the last quarter. At this point Canterbury took their foot off the gas, and paid the price against this experienced Maidstone side intent on breaking down the Canterbury defence soon claimed their reward with an unconverted try. Having lost the initiative, the city defence was tested against the Maidstone onslaught and held out until the final minute when Maidstone claimed their final try, this was not enough to affect the outcome but added a respectable final scoreline that reflected this contest.