Five-try Kenilworth power past Silhillians in local derby
Kenilworth continued their strong start to the 2017/18 season with a 36-5 victory against Silhillians on a blustery afternoon at Glasshouse Lane. In their fifth outing of the season, Kenilworth secured a bonus point, scoring five tries to leave them in third place, writes Sophie Freestone.
Silhillians, returning to Glasshouse Lane for the first time since the two sides last met during the 2015/16 Midlands 1 West season, started the match brightest, scoring a try after a well worked move. The visitors found space on the right and crossed to open the scoring for the afternoon. The conversion attempt went wide of the uprights to leave Silhillians with a 5-0 lead.
The windy conditions made adventurous, running rugby incredibly difficult. While they worked themselves into good field positions, handling errors meant Kenilworth were unable to convert their opportunities into points.
That all changed after 23 minutes however, when the ball made its way to captain Bobby Thompson after a great steal at a five metre lineout. The powerful openside then barged his way through the Silhillians defence to score his side's first try of the match. Alex Selby impressively landed the conversion in the challenging conditions to nudge his side into a 7-5 lead.
For the remainder of the first half neither side were able to breach the defence, with the wind preventing any kind of fluid rugby. In fact, it took until the 58th minute before there were any more points put on the board. They came courtesy of a penalty from Selby who was once again successful with his kick to extend his side's lead to five points at a windswept Glasshouse Lane.
That seemed to be the turning point with Kenilworth scoring four tries in quick succession to secure a bonus point victory. The first of these came after 64 minutes and was a penalty try following repeated infringements from Silhillians at scrum time. That gave Kenilworth a 17-5 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Ed Hannam then found space on the left wing after 74 minutes, latching onto a pass from Rob Thomason on the left to extend the hosts' lead. His touch down by the posts gave Selby a simple conversion and the fly half made no mistake in adding the extras.
Four minutes later, Hannam was back on the score sheet, once again in the left, to ensure his side came away with an all-important four-try bonus point. Selby dragged the conversion wide of the uprights to leave his side 29-5 up with just two minutes to play.
Kenilworth weren't finished however, with prop Dan Roberts adding a fifth, converted by Selby. His 80th minute try rounded off the scoring for Kenilworth to ensure they sit in third place the league with a 36-5 victory.
Although there is no 1st XV fixture this Saturday, the side are hoping to play a development match. The 1st XV will return to action on Saturday 4th November when they travel to fifth-placed Barkers Butts.
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