Our opponents Barker Butts, have traditionally produced good Colts sides year on year and they had a very large and powerful U16s squad from last year, so we expected a very hard game.
Kenilworth started the game by completely missing the kick-off by Barkers and we immediately thought this wasn’t going to be our day. Quickly the forwards managed to dominate against the huge pack from Barker Butts, especially in the scrums, where the front row of Steve Tomlinson, Matt Gibson and Ollie Browne regularly forced the monster Barker props to go too low for comfort.
Quick tries were taken by captain Ed Hannam, following a great set of hands by the backs and Stuart Budd, after a number of quality phases of quick recycling, converted by Cameron Fisher.
Harry Rowley scored the next try for Kenilworth, after both Stuart Budd and Ed Hannam moved a long clearance kick quickly wide and showing blistering speed down the left wing, leaving everyone in his wake, managed to allow Cameron Fisher another easy conversion to take the score to 19-0.
Barker Butts pulled a converted try back using the blindside from 5 yards out, but Ed Hannam restored the advantage by scoring a great solo effort down the middle of the park, again converted by Cameron Fisher.
Barker Butts pulled another try back after good work by their scrum-half, but Dan Rink finished off a great game at No8, with a try which had pace, power and perseverance by riggling through two tacklers and the outsprinting the Barkers back division to put the ball down under the posts.
The team was well led by Ed Hannam and pack leader Sam Cullen worked his forwards well against the huge Barker’s pack.
This was a great first outing for the new Kenilworth Colts side, but we shouldn’t get carried away. Everyone who turned up got good game time and it was good to see all the players get onto the park at last. There will be greater hurdles to come, especially the National Cup 1st Round away match next Saturday against Burton, but a win against Barker Butts is always something to savour!!