Last year this fixture produced a great game of rugby with Kenilworth winning 3 – 0. This year Kenilworth won again (with a bonus point) but it will not be a game long remembered, writes Pete Lindsay.
A decent crowd watched a first half stopped too often by penalties and mistakes by both sides. An early lead was established after 10 mins with prop Jake Dodd crashing over the line following a line out and a couple of phases from Kenilworth’s backs (0-5), Tom Kendall failing to convert. However the lead was short lived with Old Laurentian scoring soon after with a well executed move from their centre partnership (7-5). The Old Laurentian lead was further extended with a penalty (10 -5).
Kenilworth retook the lead after a good break from Dom Sheehan and an offload to Bobby Thompson (10 – 10). A successful conversion from Tom Kendall put Kenilworth back in to the lead (10 -12). Kenilworth continued to exert pressure on the Old Laurentian defence but continued to lose advantage with too many turn over balls. However continued pressure was inevitably going to lead to another Kenilworth score which came following a scrum and a solo break from Dom Sheehan to ‘ghost’ past the defence and score under the posts. A successful conversion by Tom Kendall put Kenilworth (10 -19) ahead. Kenilworth continued to play the majority of rugby in the Old Laurentian half but again too many mistakes prevented increasing the lead before half time.
The second half was certainly more entertaining from a spectator’s point of view, but the game never really got going. Old Laurentian were the first to add to their half time score with two penalty kicks (16 – 19) before Bobby Thompson went over for his 2nd try putting Kenilworth back in to a more comfortable lead (16 – 24), not converted. The lead was soon extended again with an interception try from Nyle Beckett who ran the length of the pitch to score. This time the conversion was successfully made by Josh Hickman putting Kenilworth in control at (16 -31). Old Laurentian did add to their score following further penalties and the sin binning of Jonny Openshaw, scoring a converted try (23 -31). However Kenilworth never had looked like losing the game and despite best efforts by continuing to lose their line out ball, Kenilworth won the game 23 – 31. Kenilworth came away with a 5 point win but will need to show more consistency in their play and reduce errors in future matches in order to maintain or better their league position (5th).