KRFC pay tribute to Tommy as Kasuals crash out of cup.
Unfortunately, despite the great home support, which included many Juniors who had entertained the crowd with their own pre-match mini-tournament, the Kasuals’ cup run came to an abrupt end as they lost 8-20.
The first half started well and the Kasuals dominated the early physical battles with James Whittaker and Colin Barrie the outstanding combatants. However, despite the early pressure, Ruskin Park took the lead with a long distance penalty kick and then completely against the run of play they extended their lead with an opportunistic try.
Despite falling behind, the Kasuals continued to pile on the pressure and were awarded a rare penalty which was duly despatched by their impressive fly half, Andrew Russell.
With ten minutes to play in the first half and trailing 3-10, the Kasuals launched a sustained series of forward drives and much to the delight of the home supporters, the club’s most prolific try scorer, Dave Owen (aka “Rhino”) powered over the line with most of the Ruskin Park pack in attendance. 8-10 at half time and with the Ruskin Park open side flanker having seen red following a head-butt on winger Paul Ritchie, the Kasuals were in confident mood for the second half.
Unfortunately, the kasuals lost their forward dominance in the second half and starved of the ball, there were few options for the impressive Kasual back division. Despite some powerful runs from Nigel Muirhead and Chris Edmonds, the Ruskin Park line was rarely troubled and sadly, the Kasuals conceded far too many penalties which proved costly. Further, two consecutive yellow cards for the kasuals deprived them of the extra man advantage and the game eventually slipped beyond their grasp in the final minutes with a second Ruskin Park try.
Although disappointed not to have produced a better display for the home fans it has nevertheless been a good cup run for the Kasuals and losing to the in-form and a very strong boys from St Helens’ is no disgrace. The kasuals now look forward to concentrating on the last fixture of the season when they compete in the Chester Vets’ tournament on Saturday 24th April.
Knutsford RFC Kasuals 8 Ruskin Park 2nds 20