We have seen a lot of Champagne Rugby this year, but that was a tense finale! Winning in the last play!
There was joy for Belsize’s third team as they secured a third successive title and promotion in the Middlesex Merit Table while extending their magnificent unbeaten run in competitive rugby to 50 matches.
Captain David Tink scored a winning penalty with the final kick of the match as BP beat Kilburn Cosmos’ second team 20-17, maintaining their perfect record for the season and taking another crown.
Pressure is on!
They have won all 15 of their league games this campaign, scoring 789 points in the process and conceding just 61.
Kilburn kicked a penalty midway through the first half but Belsize quickly responded as Matt Fiander touched down for a converted try. And, when the Cosmos replied in kind, Adam Marcus went over just before the half-time whistle to give BP a 12-10 lead at the break.
The Cosmos struck first in the second period but Park’s number eight Lee Harrison made it over the whitewash to equalise at 17-17.
Belsize thought they had scored again when Miguel Martinez touched down, but the try was disallowed for a forward pass.
Instead, it was left to Tink to win the day as the referee awarded a penalty right at the end of the match, and the skipper stepped up to win the match and the title.
The two teams go head to head again on Saturday – this time in the Middlesex Merit Bowl final at Finchley RFC.
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