In perfect Rugby playing conditions an increasingly new look (and younger, average age now dramatically dropped to around 40) ) Kenilworth 3rds took on a spritely, competitive and well organised Harbury 2nd team. The start of the game was delayed by some 15 minutes as we could not find any corner flags etc (where the bloody hell are they?) but fortunately found four yellow posts to mark the corner of the pitch and with a patient and pragmatic referee the game commenced. Harbury opened the scoring relatively early on when firstly we failed to drop on a lose ball and then a few minutes later, poor tackling resulted in the prop running past four or more to score just to the left of the posts.
Kenilworth started to then compete much more and the spirit that has been evident in the last few games again came to the fore. A lot of the game was played in the middle of the park for the remainder of the 1st half with Kenilworth threatening the Harbury line on only a couple of occassions. Harbury scored a 3rd try just before half time with the interval score being 19 nil in Harbury's favour.
Kenilworth came out a different and much more competitive team in the first half with Gary Stephens taking over from Adrian Marsh at scrum half who by then was experiencing spates of dizzyness and disorientation after having to bend down and stand up again in quick succession and much too often.
Rich Moon embarked upon a number of barn storming runs often making as much ground as 3 feet, but that at least started to give the home side some added impetus and momentum. Scott Ryan worked exremely hard throughout the game and in the second half was only too willing to pick the ball up and run at the opposition. When in time Scott learns to run more directly at the opposition he will (and is already proving to be) be a great physical asset to the 3rds and to the Rugby Club.
Kenilworth then got right back in the game when the ball was worked wide to the left and winger Keith Wisecaught the final pass (one in a row) and scored a great wingers try towards the corner flag.
Ten minutes later, following incessant Kenilworth pressure, we worked the short side (I don't think we knew we were working the short side but it sounds good) with the mercurial Pove committing two defenders to slip a delightful pass to Adam Turner who took on the last man, stepping eventually inside him to score - a great try.
We were then disrupted a bit by forced changes and Scott Unfortunately being Yellow card for retaliation when the scrum half spat at him - nice.
Harbury then put together the move of the match where the ball went through at least eight pairs of hands with forwards and backs combineing to score a great try in the corner. Harbury then scored a final try in the last minute of the game.
The 'spat' and Yellow card aside, it was a great game of rugby, played in really good spirit superbly and sympathetically refereed by Tony (forgot his second name) from Earlsdon. (A good lad in the bar afterwards as well)
This was another really gutsy performance from Kenilworth 3rds, a theme that seems to be now running through the club. Yes it is nice to win games and of course we need to - but you just can't question the spirit. Well done lads.
Final Score 10-29.
Written by Bruce Doe