OLD LAURENTIAN 49 KENILWORTH CAVALIERS 20
WARWICKSHIRE 2nd XV CUP
Kenilworth exited the Warwick 2nd XV cup, starting and finishing well but the bit in the middle...............!
Kenilworth started the game well with centre Tim Wilson prominent in a number of runs one of which resulted in a penalty slotted by fly half Lewis Phillips and an early 3-0 lead. Back came OL's and after a series of penalty infringements close to the Kenilworth line they opted for a line-out and the good decision resulted in a catch and drive and an unconverted try for a 3-5 score in favour of the home side. Back came Kenilworth immediately with their own sequence of penalties which mirrored the OL's when a try came from a catch and drive from a line-out, touched down by Rich Allen. A superb Phillips conversion and it was 10-5 to the away side with 15 minutes played. The game then flowed between both halves and Ken's missed a penalty. A few minutes later OL's were successful with their penalty attempt and it was 8-10. OL's were now in ascendancy and were camped on Kenilworth's line. A try saving tackle by Max Povey did not stop the flow and to make matters worse prop Mark Wylie was yellow carded. A 5m OL scrum was defended well but the pressure finally told and OL's scored a (disputed) unconverted try in the corner and gained the lead 10-13. Soon after this Kenilworth lost lock Rich Allen to a blood injury, being replaced by Ian Phillips. Back came OLs and a superb forward charge and good backs play ended in another score in the corner, superbly converted and a 10-20 half-time score line. To make matters worse Kenilworth's fly half Lewis Phillips was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on during the try, reducing Kenilworth to 13.
Despite being only 13, Kenilworth started the second half well but a loose clearance ended up with the OL's winger catching the ball, running a fair distance and offloading for a decent OL converted try and a 10-27 score-line. Kenilworth were now on the rack and OL's were playing some decent rugby and another unconverted score resulted, 10-32. Kenilworth were now back to their full compliment of 15 but this did not stop a now rampant OL scoring another converted try and the score was now 10-39 with 55 minutes played. Kenilworth were not giving up the fight and responded well and winger Cory Joy was just stopped short of the line, illegally said the ref, and an OL yellow card. Kenilworth kicked for the line-out but it came to nothing. A period of end to end rugby then ensued and on 65 minutes a superb piece of play by Kenilworth, arguably the best move of the day, resulted in superb try for Ryan Spriggs, not converted and a 15-39 score-line. However Kenilworth's joy was short lived as straight from the kick off OL's scored for15-44. Kenilworth would not lie down however and pressed hard but hearts were broken again when OL's scored another unconverted try for 15-49. With the game coming to an end Kenilworth had the final say when scrum half James Nicol picked the ball up from a scrum and ran half the length of the park to score and a final score-line of 20-49.