WARWICKSHIRE 2ND XV CUP, first round
OLD LAURENTIANS 2’s 7 KENILWORTH CAVALIERS 41
A superb six try win for Kenilworth Cavaliers in blustery conditions at Old Laurentians to progress in the Warwickshire 2nd XV Cup. A great team performance but special mentions go to Rhys Llewellyn, Tom Watts, Tommy Jones and Nick Prince.
Kenilworth faced a strong blustery wind in the first half and for the first ten minutes they were pinned in their own half, defending well. The first incursion into the OL’s half proved successful with good interplay between Jai Purewal, Rhys Jones and Adam Clifford sent centre Tim Wilson over for the first try, converted by Nick Prince. OL’s returned on the attack but began to get on the wrong side of the referee, conceding many penalties, including being marched back not once, but twice at a Kenilworth penalty. Kenilworth No8 Tommy Jones was prominent both in defence and attack. On the 20 minute mark Kenilworth lost a scrum against the head on the half way line but scrum half Adam Hadwin did not give up and managed to hack the ball through, not once but twice, before pouncing on it over the line for K’s second try. Prince failed to convert and Kenilworth lead 12-0. Kenilworth went further ahead on the 35 minute mark when Kenilworth were awarded yet another penalty which was kicked to touch. Second row Mark Powell secured the lineout ball and Jai Purewal took it on before offloading to Tommy Jones to score under the posts, Prince converting for a 19-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Kenilworth were now playing with the wind but it was not the strong blustery wind of the first half, rather a gentle breeze. OL’s continued to get on the referee’s wrong side and Kenilworth were awarded many penalties. More back chat resulted in a further 20m concession on one and from a Nick Prince kick into the corner Kenilworth almost increased their lead. However OL’s were now coming into the game and ironic cheers from the home crowd greeted an OL’s penalty. However Kenilworth held out and went looking for another try, this coming following great play between Mat Gibson and Tommy Jones which sent substitute Jonny Openshaw in under the posts for another converted try and a 26-0 lead. Kenilworth did not give up their quest for more tries and another came on 70 minutes from another line-out which Tommy Jones broke from before carrying the ball and sending Tom Watts in for an unconverted try and a 31-0 lead. Kenilworth were now camped in the OL’s 22 and were awarded a number of penalties which ended in another yellow card following more back chat. The pressure finally told when the Kenilworth backs spread the play across the field, only to bring it back and spring Tommy Jones in for his second try, converted by Prince and a 38-0 lead. OL’s were now playing for some pride and after a period of pressure final crossed the Kenilworth line for a converted try on 75 minutes. The game was then played out and, rather surprisingly Kenilworth were awarded yet another penalty just inside their own half which they elected to kick, and failed. Soon after they were awarded another penalty in front of the posts which they took to complete the scoring at 41-7 and an impressive away win.