BOURNVILLE 66 KENILWORTH 39
Kenilworth lose 16-try Bournville thriller
Kenilworth were defeated away at Bournville on Saturday in a 16-try thriller, by a final score of 66-39. The visitors came back from 40-3 down at half time to score six second half tries and earn a valuable bonus point, which sees them climb up one place to seventh in the league, writes Sophie Freestone.
The early phases saw Bournville attack the Kenilworth 22, but the visitors defence held strong until a line-out was driven deep inside the Kenilworth 22. This allowed Bournville full back Tom Jarvis to have an easy run in for the first try of the match after 10 minutes to give the home side a 7-0 lead following the successful conversion.
Kenilworth responded six minutes later with a successful penalty from fly half Josh Hickman, before Bournville capitalised on a loose ball to cross the whitewash and extend their lead to 12-3 with 20 minutes played.
The visitors were then unfortunate not to get a penalty for a very high tackle on Ed Hannam, before a late tackle from Hickman resulted in a yellow card for the Kenilworth stand off.
With twelve minutes of the first half remaining, Bournville made the most of their one man advantage by scoring four unanswered converted tries, securing the bonus point in the process, to extend their lead to 40-3 at half time.
Despite the large deficit, Kenilworth never gave up, and eventually scored a try of their own as substitute Will Blundell broke through the Bournville defence to score the first of Kenilworth's six tries.
Bournville then extended their lead with a try converted try on the left to make the score 47-10 with half an hour to play.
It was then Bournville's turn to be reduced to 14 men, and Kenilworth were quick to capitalise, with number eight Kalum Goodfellow barrelling over on the left. The conversion was wide to leave the score at 47-15.
A third try soon followed after a clever kick over from scrum half Alex Selby, and some handy footwork from Joe Jepps in the Bournville 22 saw the winger cross the line to close the gap by five points, with the conversion going wide.
Despite having a man in the sin bin, it didn't stop Bournville from extending their lead by seven points to 54-20, as their winger had an easy run in to the line with 15 minutes remaining.
With a victory most likely out of Kenilworth's reach at this stage of the match, the try bonus point was still very much up for grabs. It was soon secured after a great run up the left wing from Rhys Jones, who made a nice pass to allow full back Jamie Mapletoft to cross in the corner. The difficult conversion was just wide of the mark and the score remained at 54-25 with just under 15 minutes to go.
After an action packed 70 minutes, the try scoring was not over. A ninth try from Bournville took the score to 61-25 before Hickman broke the line inside the Bournville to touch ball down at the base of the posts. The simple conversion took the score to 61-32, before Bournville's tenth and final try of the afternoon took their tally to 66 points on 78 minutes.
Just as the match was approaching 80 minutes, Hickman made a fantastic interception from inside his own half to score a converted try under the posts to end a breathtaking, non-stop thriller.