Dominant Kenilworth power past Old Yardleains in 13-try rout
Kenilworth put on a dominant display on Saturday to score 13 tries and secure a comprehensive 77-5 victory at Old Yardleians. The Glasshouse Lane side wrapped up the bonus point inside 15 minutes, with captain Bobby Thompson also scoring a hat trick, writes Sophie Freestone.
The visitors set the tone for the match early on when, with just five minutes on the clock, Kenilworth had scored two tries, firstly through fly half Alex Selby and then flanker Nick Gerber. Selby spotted a gaping hole in the Old Yardleians defence to open his side's try scoring account, before Gerber latched onto a long pass on the wing after Kenilworth cut open the defence once again. With Selby converting his own try, Kenilworth held a 12-0 lead.
That lead was extended after 12 minutes of play when winger Rhys Jones offloaded to the supporting scrum half Gareth Renowden who dived over under the posts. Selby's conversion extended Kenilworth's lead to 19 points.
The four-try bonus point was then secured just three minutes later. Great hands from winger Simon Tyler released full back Rob Thomason to score on the right to give his side a 24-point advantage with just 15 minutes on the clock.
Old Yardleians then responded with a try of their own after 24 minutes of play, but it was to be their only points of the afternoon. A kick through was touched down in the right corner, but the conversion attempt was unsuccessful to leave the score at 24-5.
Three tries in eleven minutes for Kenilworth then ensured the hosts went into half time with a 41-5 lead. The first of these came from flanker Harry Philpot who dummied the defence from the twenty to score his side's fifth try of the match.
Having set up Thomason's earlier try, Tyler then got on the score sheet himself. The winger showed his footwork to jink through the Old Yardleians defence and score by the posts for a converted try and a 36-5 lead.
Renowden rounded off the scoring in the first half, this time burrowing his way over on the floor to score on the right from close range. The conversion was just wide of the uprights as Kenilworth went into the break with a commanding 41-5 advantage.
Kenilworth started the second half slowly with 50 minutes on the clock before they crossed the whitewash again. This time, captain Thompson was on hand to score in the corner after his side strung together some great attacking phases. Selby's excellent conversion added the extras to take his side to within two points of the half century.
Prop Dan Minks was the man that took his side beyond 50 points, once again finding himself on the wing to score in the corner, having scored from a similar position against Nuneaton Old Edwardians. Selby was once again on target with a difficult conversion to make the score 55-5 with twenty minutes still to play.
Bobby Thompson then put himself back on the score sheet after 62 minutes when great hands saw the ball reach the flanker for his second try of the match. Selby's conversion added the extras.
Just five minutes later Tommy Jones joined the list of try scorers for Kenilworth's eleventh by going over on the left. Selby's conversion was just wide of the uprights with Jones' try extending his side's lead to 67-5.
Thompson then secured his hat trick to round off another impressive performance from the flanker. He crossed the whitewash on the left to add to his previous two scores and take his side up to 72 points with ten minutes to play.
Kenilworth's final try of the match came after 73 minutes when powerful, direct running from Harry Kaufman allowed the centre to find his way past the Old Yardleians defence to cross the line. Selby just pulled his conversion wide of the uprights to give a final score of 77-5.
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