Kenilworth Colts v Southam Colts 14/02/15
At their last league meeting Kenilworth had been defeated by Southam so were eager for revenge this time, doubly so as it was a key Cup match. Southam were equally eager to win to avoid going out of the cup. Kenilworth kicked off and Southam quickly showed their strength and determination driving their attack forward. This resulted in a Southam line out on the K's 22. Winning their own line out Southam skilfully passed the ball down their line but could not break through the Kenilworth defence. In order to break the line Southam kicked the ball forward but it was collected by Harvey Joy before Southam could follow it up. Harvey used his diminutive size to scuttle through the Southam pack.
His tenacity in breaking a number of tackles before he was downed led to K's reaching the Southam 22 where they were awarded a scrum. Unfortunately Southam won the scrum and managed to breakout once again pushing the K's back. Southam again infringed and Kenilworth were given a Scrum this time inside their own 22. The ball was passed out along the backs to Andy Goode who broke through the Southam line and charged down the pitch. He was tackled at the Southam 10 meter line but was able to off load the ball to Sam Bailey who we3nt over for the first Try of the match, 24 minutes into the game.
Following the restart Kenilworth appeared to step up a gear, moving the ball up the field with a succession of rolling mauls. A Southam infringement at the third of these mauls resulted in K's being awarded a penalty which Zac Templeton duly put over the bar. It was the 32 minute and K's were now 8 – 0 ahead.
The second half got underway with Southam managing to push the Kenilworth line backwards. However, stout defending by Kenilworth kept the visitors out and a Southam knock on led to another Kenilworth scrum. Once again Kenilworth displayed a high level of skill working the ball forward with a number of excellent passes and very effective rucking at each breakdown.
Kenilworth were awarded a line out on the Southam 5 meter line and 9 mins into the second half Zac Templeton pushed over the line for the second try of the day, again, sadly, not converted. Kenilworth continued to thwart strong attacks by Southam, Kenilworth working as a coherent unit putting in some hard tackles and rucking with very good effect.
Whilst play flowed back and forth, Kenilworth appeared the more disciplined team and this was rewarded in the 20th minute of the half when second row Steve Evans ran the ball over the line. This time Harvey Joy was able to convert the try. Ollie Jones caught the restart kick and tore through a surprised Southam team to dive over between the posts. Kenilworth's fourth try, again converted by Harvey Joy. Ollie was again involved at the restart when K's managed to work the ball along their line and he was able to grab the ball at the ensuing ruck and run it over for the fifth try of the day, 24 minutes into the half. This time Harvey was unable to convert.
Southam were becoming increasingly frustrated and a scuffle broke out off the ball resulting in both teams having a player Yellow Carded. Shortly after the match ended in a resounding 32-0 win for Kenilworth, who will now go on to meet Old Leamingtonians in the next round. Meanwhile Southam have a week to regroup before meeting Kenilworth next weekend in the league.
Sam Bailey (24mins), Zac Templeton (9 min.2nd half) Steve Evans (20min) Ollie Jones (22min) Ollie Jones (24min)
Zac Templeton (1st half 32mins)