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Whitford ends Canterbury's cup dreams

A Canterbury player (blue) goes on the attack against Richmond in National 3 South on Saturday
A Canterbury player (blue) goes on the attack against Richmond in National 3 South on Saturday

Canterbury Pilgrims four year grip on the Kent Cup ended in the last minute of extra-time as they suffered a 34-29 defeat against Thanet Wanderers on Sunday.

Thanet took a 19-8 lead into half-time thanks to tries from fly half Wayne Oberholzer, Pete Macauley (2) and two conversions from Tom Longdon.

A Danny Willcox try and a penalty from Robbie Greaves ensured Canterbury remained in touch with Thanet at the break.

In the second half, Thanet moved further ahead through a Longdon penalty.

Canterbury refused to give up and tries from Carlton Littlechild and Ian Burgess, along with conversions from Robbie Greaves brought the score level.

Extra-time was needed and Wanderers quickly seized the initiative through a try from Ash which was converted by Longdon.

Dave Hillerby's powerful dash to the posts and a Greaves conversion ensured Canterbury pulled level again.

But Thanet had the last word when Scott Whitford snatched victory with a late try in the corner.

On Saturday, Canterbury 1sts suffered a 17-13 defeat against Richmond in National 3 South.

Gert De Kock kicked a penalty to give Canterbury a 3-0 lead. Pat Sykes then saw his try converted by De Kock as the home side opened up a 10-0 lead.

Richmond pulled level when Jo Ajuwa went over for a try which was converted by Matt Hart. Hart also kicked a penalty.

In the second half, Canterbury moved back in front when Kieron Lewitt kicked a drop goal.

Hart converted his own try late on to hand Richmond the win.

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