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London Warriors vs Kent Exiles 26/5/19

Sunday the 27th May 2019 saw the Kent Exiles travel to the University of Greenwich Avery Hill Campus to take on the reigning National Champions, the London Warriors.

The day would be a hard fought one, with plenty of lessons to be learned by the Exiles and another opportunity to improve as a team. The Warriors proved worthy of their 5 national championships to date, as they scored early following a three and out from the Exiles offense.

Although the Exiles struggled to compete on the scoreboard, they had no problems demonstrating the effort required of a premiership team. This was especially prevalent in the first-year players seen all over the field for the Exiles. Linebacker Mike Carrigan, Defensive Back Chris Sofokleous and Wide Receiver Matthew Barber-Street were making plays all over the field, whilst newcomer to the sport Robin Barber-Street looked dangerous in only his second time wearing shoulder pads.

The day would prove to be an excellent opportunity to learn for the Exiles, getting the rare chance to see the best team in the country up close would highlight where the next areas for development and improvement lie. The team would also like to thank the incredible supporters and volunteers that turned out in the rain to cheer the team on and create a home atmosphere at an away venue, making it easy for the players and coaches to play through the adversity and keep fighting until the end.

The final result would see the Warriors triumph by a score of 71-6, with the Exiles getting their first taste of a team that could contend with the rest of Europe.

The next two Sundays will be spent at the Beaverwood club, training and preparing for when the team travels to Farnham on the 16th June to take on the Knights.