Kenilworth Colts overpower Leamington in six-try derby day victory
Kenilworth Colts made the short journey to Leamington on Saturday and came away with a second consecutive win, putting six tries past their local rivals in a 34-0 victory, writes Phil Morris.
The seemingly endless drizzle fell on to already saturated ground as Kenilworth kicked off but despite driving their boots through the mud, Kenilworth had the edge in the opening minutes. Just a quarter of an hour into the match Ed Hinchliffe scored Kenilworth's opening try after a Leamington line out. He was well supported by both Henry Maggs and Rob Spooner to cross for a 5-0 lead. With Kenilworth Colts' boosted, Rob Poulter secured a second try some seven minutes later with a strong, fast run, taking the score to 10 - 0.
Leamington then came back strongly, forcing some great defensive play by Kenilworth, but it wasn't long before the visitors were back on the score board. Switching back into attacking mode, Kenilworth scored a third try on the half-hour mark through Finn Nicholas. Will Morgan was successful with the conversion to add the extras for a 17-point cushion.
The first ten minutes of the second half were arguably Leamington's brightest and they plugged away, very nearly scoring. However, Kenilworth absorbed the pressure well and soon increased their lead when Paul Beyiha scored a well-worked try. The conversion from Dan Sibley was missed to leave the score at 22 -0.
As the second half wore on, Kenilworth moved the ball better and were able to string phases together. A line out from a kick to the corner was followed by a Kenilworth scrum and Geraint Green converted the opportunity into points by scoring for a 27-0 lead.
As if to make amends for two missed conversions, Sibley, making a welcome return to the squad after a brief period away, ran at the Leamington, chipped over the defence with perfect weighting and collected the ball to score the final try of the game. A successful conversion from the boot of Morgan wrapped things up for a 34 - 0 victory.