Kenilworth fight the odds at Buxton to come out victorious
It was a wet and windy autumn afternoon, what we could call typical UK weather, when the ladies set off to Buxton. It transpired that a lowly pheasant decided to hitch a ride but came to an untimely death as it flew into the windscreen of the coach which the ladies were travelling in. Other than the pheasant, no other creatures came to any harm and the ladies re-grouped, got rescued by another coach, and away they went.
Having arrived in a very wet and muddy Buxton, the ladies were determined to put the afternoon’s events behind them by playing like they had never played before. Ken ladies kicked off and it soon became apparent that Buxton were a little hesitant around the ball, Kenilworth used this to their advantage, taking every opportunity they got and some clever rucking by the forwards in front of the 5 meter line saw Powerful Prop Rebecca Hill go over the line. Shortly after, Buxton had a lucky break and quickly responded with a try of their own and at the stage, Kenilworth realised that they couldn’t afford to let things slip. Score 5-5
Excellent work from debutant Clare Roberts saw her steal the ball from a driving maul, execute a brilliant offload to skipper Sarah Munday who went over the line to score under the posts, converting her own try. The Buxton defensive line was solid, with Buxton nearly always making every tackle count but Kens saw the breaks and took them whenever they could, resulting in several more tries. Kens put everything they had been learning in the previous weeks into practice, the line outs were finally taking shape, with jumper Kirsty Smith stealing opposition ball a number of times.
Dogged work by the Ken Forwards saw more clean ball come out from the back of the rucks nearly every time, leading to Kenilworth having possession 70% of the time. Brand new player Elena Dacullo who only picked up Rugby in July scored a hat trick, skipper Sarah Munday also came away with a hat trick, converting 4 of tries in total.
Kens kept on charging through whenever they could, keeping the ball tight and in field. This game was a great opportunity for Kenilworth to try out players at different positions, one of such as Mog Giacomelli-Harris playing inside centre for the first time who remained dominant in the midfield and even making over the line to score a try. So did No 8 Caroline Spence and Open Flank Janine McComiskey. Taking the final score to 58-5