The feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something."
Watching (& I suspect playing for) Kenilworth 1st XV in recent games engenders a similar feeling of frustration of a newlywed bride-groom being told by his newlywed wife that she would really rather prefer a cup of tea! This is a side of great promise but they cannot yet play consistently to their potential, writes Peter Jones.
First, the positives.
This is a very young, fast and skilful side. Ten of the starting fifteen are twenty three, or less. Physically and mentally they will mature over the coming season. Individually, their defence is outstanding. They scrummage well and can also produce some outstanding attacking play. However, under pressure, they sometimes struggle with the basics. Of the adjectives which could be used to describe the first half, the word "pretty" would not feature high on the list. It was a bright but blowy day and the wind was inevitably a major factor. Walsall were a physically bigger and more mature side but some heroic scrambling defence denied the hosts several try scoring opportunities. In defence and attack, Ross Lowthian, was outstanding and it is fair to say that this season he has made the specialist tight head prop open side flanker auxiliary fall back position his own. His work rate was remarkable. Early on Rhys Jones merits mention for a tap tackle 10m out preventing a score from a 3 man overlap. Despite the advantage of the wind, Kenilworth struggled to gain territory or possession and spent most of the half defending. There were some individual flurries by the returning James Wadey, Gaz Renowden, Jonny Cresswell and Ross but the attacks were launched in ones and twos and Kenilworth were consistently out muscled and outplayed at the breakdown.
Walsall took an early 3: 0 lead with a penalty from their Centre, Roger Weston. Josh Hickman levelled the scores after 20 minutes with a fine penalty. Shortly afterwards DoR, Rich Gibson, appeared to develop tourettes in his anxiety to get the kicking tee on for another penalty attempt shortly afterwards but it was sadly punched wide. Josh Hickman continued to relieve the pressure with some fine touch kicking taking advantage of the wind but the runes did not read well leading up to half time. We were, however, still very much in the game.
Shortly before half time, Kenilworth Centre, Joe Yeomanson, did well to survive a collision with what appeared to be a Midland Red Bus but was in fact the whole of the Walsall mid field, after a laboured back line move. It was a measure of the day. After the break, Kenilworth were playing into the strong wind and the Walsall pressure continued. Walsall added another penalty to take them to 6: 3 and shortly afterwards, Walsall pressure told when their feisty winger crossed for the first try of the game taking them to 11: 3. Winger, Joe Jepps, was injured in a brave tackle and replaced by James Nichol, who received an order from assistant coach, Marco Stanojevic, to "score some tries James". Following his orders to the letter, James made an immediate impact on the game. Receiving the ball well inside his own half, Nichol, linked well with the outstanding Ross Lowthian, and received the ball again some 40m out and bounced off players like a small ginger pinball to score a splendid try. Hickman converted to bring the scores to 11: 10. Game on! Unfortunately, in the last quarter of the game, Kenilworth displayed a weakness which has plagued them in the last few games, the inability to do the basics well under pressure. Two crucial line outs were lost in short order. One from an attacking position enabled the defenders to clear the ball some 70m or so. Another not straight 5m out resulted in an attacking scrum from which the hosts scored a decisive try, having earlier added an additional penalty. The conversion was added to take them to 21: 10. Not even the arrival of the Italian International Marco Stanojevic and Cavaliers Captain, Jai Purewal (as requested I have given you a mention Jai) changed the result.
Some honourable mentions.
Mikel Anderson and Ed Holmes tackled heroically in the back row. Dale Glover, Joe Jepps and Gareth Renowden showed ambition on the ball. But the absence of support in contact to establish some "go forward" and a lack of control when under pressure, lead to another frustrating afternoon for the Kenilworth side.