A superb Kent Plate final at Charlton Park saw Pilgrims lift the trophy as they overhauled Park with two late tries to complete a 39-31 victory.
Canterbury found themselves trailing by seven points after only ten minute following sustained pressure from Park but almost immediately from the re-start found themselves with the chance to get on the scoreboard with a penalty goal from Alex Meads , 3-7 . Within minutes of the re-start Canterbury scored their first try , scored by Alex Miller , converted by Meads , 10-7. Straight from the kick-off Park regained the lead 10-12 , the game was now end to end , great stuff ! . Then came the try of the day, scored by Jack Weaver ,sprinting and weaving his way past 4 or 5 Park defenders for 60m to the corner , unconverted 15-12 . Back came Park with another converted try, 15-19 . It was breathless stuff ! , “With half time approaching it was Canterbury’s turn to score !! , Meads , Miller and Morgan exchanged passes for Miller to score his 2nd try to give Pilgrims a 20-19 half time lead.
The 2nd half started with Canterbury looking the stronger , playing with confidence and it was not long before they increased the lead to 25-19 after Jack Colyer scored out wide . Back came Park though with a converted try to now take the lead 25-26 !. quickly followed by another unconverted try to extend their lead to 25-31. Pilgrims were not finished , and after a long period of pressure battering the Park try line , eventually Meads found a gap and forced his way over to score , converted by Miller , 32 – 31 .Full time was now approaching but it was now all Canterbury and with only minutes left Dan Gill bulldozed his way through several defenders to seal the victory with Miller adding the extras. This was a great , entertaining game to watch , but The Pilgrims were deserved winners , a fantastic team performance , the midfield and forwards putting there bodies on the line , soaking up pressure but always looking to attack at every opportunity