Kenilworth return to winning ways in 10-try Old Yardleians victory
Kenilworth put their season back on track on Saturday with a 60-5 victory over Old Yardleians at Glasshouse Lane as they look to keep up the pressure on second-place Malvern, writes Sophie Freestone.
Playing against the side propping up the league, the match gave Kenilworth the opportunity to play some running rugby and that's exactly what they did, scoring ten tries.
The hosts took an early lead, with winger Ollie Sharples opening the scoring with just one minute on the clock to put them five points up. That try was soon followed by another, this time through centre Charlie Stevens, to double Kenilworth's advantage and give them 10-0 lead with just seven minutes played.
Fly half Alex Selby then extended Kenilworth's lead after his side wormed their way into the Old Yardleians 22. Centre Simon Tyler was on hand to slot the conversion for a 17-point cushion with 17 minutes on the clock.
The match then went through a phase where neither side was able to penetrate the opposition defence but the breakthrough came after 34 minutes. Kenilworth replacement Jai Purewal burrowed his way over the line to give his side a 22-0 advantage and secure the try-bonus point.
Alex Selby then showed real skill when he chipped over the opposition defence and re-gathered, before offloading to Rob Thomason who ran onto the ball at pace to touch down by the posts. The conversion went wide of the uprights and the score remained at 27-0 with 35 minutes on the clock.
Old Yardleians then responded with their only try of the afternoon just before the break to close the gap to 22 points. A period of pressure on the Kenilworth five metre line was rewarded when the visitors burrowed their way over from just a few metres out.
With the final forty underway, Kenilworth started the second half in the same way they opened the first, with Ollie Sharples once again crossing the whitewash. Selby added the extras to give his side 29-point advantage at 34-5.
Captain Bobby Thompson was the next to put his name on the score sheet. Powerful running from the flanker saw him break through the defence on the right to score his side's seventh of the afternoon. Selby added the extras from the tee for a 41-5 lead with just over half an hour to play.
Rhys Jones then added an eighth after the ball was shipped out wide and the winger bundled his way over to touch down with ten minutes to play. The conversion from Selby went to the right of the posts as Kenilworth held a 46-5 lead heading into the closing stages.
Four minutes later scrum half Gareth Renowden dived over by the posts for Kenilworth's ninth try of the afternoon. Selby slotted the conversion to give his side a 48-point advantage.
Following Purewal's try-scoring appearance from the bench, fellow substitute Will Blackmore also got his name on the score sheet in the 79th minute. The prop going went over to score his side's tenth and final try of the afternoon with the last play of the match. Selby's conversion finished the scoring and gave his side a 60-5 victory.
The result leaves Kenilworth in third place, 11 points behind Malvern. Their next match sees them travel to ninth-place side Silhillians on Saturday.
See the pics of the OYs game HERE.