Kenilworth 2nd XV welcomed in the festive season with a well deserved win at home to Stratford 2nds, 31 points to 12.
With the club house full to bursting with guests assembled for the pre match Christmas lunch and the One’s on the main pitch against Ludlow, the Two’s were down the road at the Cow Patch against a spirited Stratford side keen to do the double over Kenilworth following their first team victory earlier in the season. The Two’s are in form thanks to pretty consistent selection (a sign of stability above) and fielded a side containing three or four players who were involved in the first team loss and who were keen to exact revenge.
With the crisp December air cold to the chest the home side prepared with a full 20 minutes warm up which meant that unfortunately there was not time for keep ups and by which time one or two of the lads who had enjoyed some Christmas cheer the night before were already feeling it.
The opening quarter of the match was fairly frenetic with both sides feeling each other up, I mean out. It was Kenilworth that got the better of the early encounter with Nicholson already prominent in what to be a great performance by the big man- nb to the Stratford player for taking him out in the line out….probably choose someone different next time! By half time the home side had settled into their rhythm. Bowden and Povey were steering play with confidence which brought others into the game. Kenilworth scored 2 tries in the first half, the first a well worked team try that took play to just outside the opposition 22 before ‘lush handling’ from Llewellyn and a ‘tidy’ line from Muncaster saw the latter dot down under the sticks. Try converted by Povey. Our second try was more about individual skill than team play. Having caught the high ball and rounded the first couple of defenders, second row Lane, out- paced the cover defence to bag a try of his own. Povey doing the honors again. Stratford did score a try from some sloppy play by K’s, half time score 14- 7 ish.
The second half saw the gulf between the two sides come to the fore. As the visitors tired and began to fall off tackles; Purewal, Lothian and man of the match Jenkinson (playing out of position) were now prominent. Muncaster followed his first half try with a second before it was the turn of now back row, Phillips (Jones off, Phillips to 6, Wylie into the row) to bag his brace of tries. The second was the pick of his double, Phillips galloping up field with options both sides and the defence seemed to part like a knife through butter (did well to avoid more risqué analogies) for his second and the team’s 5th and final try.
Final score 31- 12. All in all a very satisfying victory, let’s hope the 2nds can take this momentum into the New Year. I have asked the bearded one for a new set of knees, lungs and hands at times- though I did get another through the legs in on Saturday…..forward…..you’re have a laugh ref. Merry Christmas everyone.
And for those who would welcome an opportunity to get out of the house over the festive period why not come down and play in or support the Over 25s vs Under 25s on Boxing Day. More details to follow on the website. Anyone wishing to play please contact Ross Lothian (unders) and Jai Purewal (overs).
Ken 2nds: Rowlett, Jones, Jenkinson, Purewal, Andrews, Povey (3 cons), Bowden, Llewellyn, Lothian, Muncaster (2 tries), Phillips (2 tries), Lane (try), Grew, Burnham, Nicholson. Reps: Wylie, Howells, Badger