Following the excellent victory against Stratford Colts under lights last Friday, our attentions turned towards an away trip against Daventry Colts, as side that we had comprehensively beaten last season at Under 16s and one that is struggling this season. It is very hard to "get up" for a match when you know the opposition is not as strong as some teams we play against during the season.
With this in mind, we were able to send a team of 17 lads over to Daventry to take on their Colts, supply the 2nds with 5 lads and still have about 10 lads unavailable through injury, work and holidays – oh, the luxury of a decent-sized squad!!
This match report could easily degenerate into a "we was great, they was poor" type of summary, but that simply wasn’t the case. For all the poor results that Daventry have experienced this season, they played with remarkable courage and spirit and at times had the upper hand in rucks and scrummaging, where we seemed ponderous and lethargic by comparison. We need to have all eight forward working simultaneously in unison and can’t afford to have "passengers", who are waiting for someone else to do the hard graft. In comparison, Daventry were aggressive in the loose, driving us off our own rucks, where we simply didn’t arrive in sufficient numbers or as aggressively to secure our own ball.
Some of our scrummaging technique left a lot to be desired, where the large Daventry front row managed to get under our props and stopped us from being effective and this is something that we need to work on in training.
Having said all this, there were superb passages of play from Kenilworth, which included length of the field moves, which more often than not resulted in tries. There were, however, a few tries left out on the park, where for the 2nd week, blatant overlaps were ignored and greed crept in. This is always difficult when one side is plainly more superior than the other, but if the basics of drawing a man and passing had been observed, several other tries would have been scored.
Captain Ed Hannam, starting in his customary position on the open-side, continued his remarkable scoring record by notching up four tries in this match to take his total for the season to twelve. This in itself is a fantastic achievement and with a little more vision, will be able to help his team-mates start their scoring records.
Max Wiggins, at blind-side, pounced onto a poor back-pass from a scrum in the home side 22 and managed to charge the kick down and score. Further tries by Henry Weston and a barn-storming run taking 5 people out for a try by Steve Tomlinson took the half-time score to 36-0.
Sean Martin then took over the scoring for two tries from the base of the scrum, both 22 metres out and scattered the home defense all over the place.
Cameron Fisher, who had come down on the train that morning from Doncaster and was a little "quieter than normal", then added a fine try down the left wing. Will Field finished the game off with the last try, which was an excellent example of hands as they should be and people running onto the ball. All in all, Cameron Fisher converted five of the eleven tries scored, with several wide out conversion attempts.
This game was always going to be a no-win situation, because we were expected to win well and that is what the scoreline says. However, there were several areas that we didn’t perform at our best and we have to get these right to be able to compete with the big boys and keep our remarkable run going – this being our rucking (use of everyone in making it dynamic fast ball) and a vision and awareness by all to know when to draw a man and pass to someone in a better position. Our best tries on the day were where we did this and not where we ignored others. It was a competent performance, but we can and will do better.
KJRFC Colts - Head Coach