Kenilworth 55 Walsall 0
An emphatic win by Kenilworth against a struggling Walsall side who, despite the lopsided scoreboard, never gave up the fight and pushed right to the final whistle.
Early minutes are spent inside the Walsall 22 as Kens get off to their usual brisk start and Walsall give away a series of penalties and Hickman converts the first kickable chance. The trend continues and a slick move looks to have put Hanam over for the first try but is called back for a forward pass. Looks like Ks respond in the best possible way as Jones heads for the line but another forward pass call ends the threat. Kens are not deterred and stick to their game and from a lineout the maul is formed and rolls a full 20m for Matt Gibson to touch the ball down.
Andresson was putting in his usual huge effort and it was the returning flanker next on the scoresheet as he blasted through the Walsall defence and beat the final defender to score under the posts. Tails are really up now and a quite staggering passage of play takes play from the Walsall 22 and on numerous occasions seems to have reached a cul-de-sac but momentum is not lost. Phases are worked patiently as Walsall are dragged left and right but eventually the waiting tells and Jepps takes a short ball inside for another try.
Missing last week’s game had clearly done nothing to diminish Thompson’s appetite for the fight as he turned in a man-of-the-match performance; his reward was to score the bonus point try as he peeled round the blind side at a ruck and Hickman added a superb conversion from the touchline. With the interval approaching and the Walsall line under siege, Careless slipped a disguised pass to Burman who surged over for another score to make it 36-0 at the half.
More of the same as the second half gets underway and a third potential Kenilworth score is called back for a forward pass! The pressure is maintained and Gibson adds his second try and just reward for a solid afternoon’s work. Unsurprisingly the game entered a dormant phase as the result seemed beyond doubt but it was Renowden who sparked the game back into life with a tremendous break down the right flank; with space limited he offloaded to Jepps with a sublimely weighted pass. The winger still had plenty to do but he wrong-footed the defenders to score. Renowden scored the final try as time ran down and the successful conversion proved the final act.
So the Kenilworth season is back on track with a full points haul against a spirited Walsall side who never threw in the towel. The season now enters a testing phase for the Ks where points may not be so easy to come by.
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