Unbeaten run continues for Kenilworth Ladies with Lionesses victory
Kenilworth Ladies continued their unbeaten run this season with a convincing 63-0 win away to Rugby Lionesses on Sunday, writes Caroline Spence.
The visitors started strongly, scoring their first of eleven tries after just two minutes when some impressive handling in the back line was finished off by speedy winger Sophie Henry. Kenilworth’s second came followed after as defence were unable to deal with the pace of outside centre Beth Woodward. Minutes later, Henry scored her second try of the afternoon, bringing the score to 17-0 thanks to a successful conversion from prop Rebecca Lewis.
Kenilworth’s fourth try came in the twenty second minute after the ball was worked deep into the Lionesses’ territory, with the team’s efforts paying off after fly half Aisling Straver spotted a gap in the defence to touch down. It wasn't long before Kenilworth scored their fifth of the match, with inside centre Felicity Baldwin adding her name to the score sheet having been put into space on the right wing. The first half was then brought to a close at 34-0 after Lewis successfully converted Kenilworth’s sixth try which was scored by winger Phoebe Howles.
The Lionesses looked threatening in the second half, but ultimately they were no match for Kenilworth’s pack and the visitors’ defence never wavered. Kenilworth’s first try of the second half came after one of many strong scrums was followed by some timely offloading between the forwards and backs with Woodward finishing off the play for her second try.
Kenilworth’s pack proved unstoppable and it was not long before impressive second row Christie Foster brought the score to 44-0 after powering over the try line. Full back Helena Allison-Moore then took Kenilworth right back into the Lionesses’ 22, offloading to Baldwin just short of the try line for Kenilworth’s ninth score.
Skilful handling and superb pace from Howles brought the score to 58-0, but the final and eleventh try was scored by captain Rebecca Lane. The scrum half brought the match to a close as Kenilworth secured an impressive 63-0 bonus point victory to keep them top of National Challenge Midlands 1, two points clear of Five Ways Old Edwardians.
Selected pics of the game can be seen HERE