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Canterbury RFC win 20-17 at Dings Crusaders to maintain second spot in National 2 South

17 March 2014
by Alex Hoad

Kwaku Asiedu

Kwaku Asiedu

Canterbury recorded a priceless win in their quest for the National 2 South promotion play-off place with a 20-17 success at Dings Crusaders.

The city club came from behind late-on to secure a rare victory on their travels to the south west and edge-out the relegation-battling Bristol side.

The hosts struck the woodwork with an early penalty before a pacey break and good support led to a converted try for flanker Rhys Luckwell.

Canterbury rallied and after a spell of pressure they created an overlap for Kwaku Asiedu to tear over to close the gap, and as the visitors began to assert themselves Tom Best broke superbly and a fine off-load from Grant Kay sent Guy Hilton between the posts for a try which he converted for a five-point lead.

An exchange of penalties, with Best notching for Canterbury, left the city club 15-10 to the good at half-time, and after the break only desperate and concerted defence prevented the visitors from extending their lead.

However with 18 minutes remaining Dings broke out and worked a try for wing Jack Nowell, converted by Mark Woodrow, to leave the visitors facing a test of their resolve.

However the city club regathered themselves and probed forward in the closing stages, eventually working an opening for Aiden Moss to dive over in the left corner for the decisive score.

The city club are second, two points ahead of third-placed Ampthill, who have a game in hand.

The game also saw a return from the bench of lock Tom Burns, out for a year with a serious knee injury.

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