GIBSON TWO TRY HERO!!
Kenilworth32 - 17 Wolverhampton
Today, at Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth turned the form book on its head with a superb victory over 5th placed Wolverhampton.
With 9 games still to go and a possible 45 points on offer, this result means Kenilworth should still believe that they can beat relegation.
Earlier in the season, at a very wet Castlecroft, Kenilworth were convincingly beaten by Wolverhampton. Today, in front of a vocal home crowd Kens made a mockery of the league positions and achieved a bonus point win.
Straight from the away team kick off, Mikkel Andresen ran back nearly the whole length of the pitch, just being tackled agonisingly 5m short. However, this set the tone for the rest of the match. Sustained Kens pressure led to two early penalties, both duly converted by full back, Josh Hickman, the second of which was from just inside the Wolverhampton half. This early 6-0 lead was shortly followed by a trademark scrum-half snipe by Gareth Renowden and converted by the reliable boot of Hickman to make it 13-0. As half-time approached, Wolverhampton got themselves in the game with an unconverted try in the corner to make it 13-5 at half-time.
Kenilworth started the second half strongly, resulting in the excellent Kenilworth prop, Matt Gibson, crashing over from short range with Hickman converting again, making the score 20-5. To keep the Kens supporters on edge, Wolverhampton struck back scoring in the corner, again unconverted. However, Kens driving forward play soon resulted in another Matt Gibson try making the score 25-10. Later on in the game, Wolverhampton made a break and chipped over and Kens were unable to safely clear their lines. Hence, Wolverhampton applied the pressure forcing Kens to drop the ball in their dead ball area and Wolverhampton were able to capitalise on this and pounce on the ball which the ref deemed was a try. This making the score line worryingly close for Kens supporters at 25-17 with 10 minutes to go. The pressure was relieved, by man of the match Mikkel, breaking through a number of opposition tackles to secure the bonus point, further rubbed in by yet another successful kick by Hickman.
All members of the squad made a significant contribution to this score line. Kens performance today belied the league table and with such a true team performance there is still hope yet this season.