Kenilworth through to second round of the Cup
After last week’s upset, Kenilworth were determined to show what they were made off especially as they were playing on home turf. With lots of support and, of course home advantage, Kens ran out with so much confidence this week and the ladies really wanted it
The whistle went and within the first five minutes, lock Ada Ajoku took a short pop off the scrum half, stormed past several tackles whilst dishing out strong hand offs, took the ball to ground on the five meter and outside centre Gemma Gilleece was on hand to execute what Ajoku started by going over the line, with insider centre Sarah Munday converting. Nearly straight after, an incredible break from the scrum half Penna with support from Flanker McComiskey saw Kens No 8 score (unconverted) to take the score to 12-0.
Things had begun to settle now, Cannock have got a few speedy backs so Kens game plan was to stop the ball from getting to them. Ken Ladies got quicker off the mark around the breakdowns, turning over the ball whenever possible, excellent hands down the back line saw the ball get to Gilleece who once again, goes over to score under the post, kicker Munday has got her kicking boots on today as she converts. Score 19-0
A fatal error in front of the posts, sees Cannock get a penalty, opting to kick, taking the score to 19-3. Ks go back up as if they mean it, and this pays off. Ks kick off, Cannock catch but are unable to hold on, another brilliant break by Spence gets the ball out to the back line, which sees Winger Pheobe May score in the corner, not converted. Only 2 minutes later, excellent rucking by the forwards ensure that Kens secure that ball every time, Prop Mary Sugrue finds herself in the back line and she drives across the line taking the score to 29-3. HT
Both teams are back after HT, Kens are now in a very comfortable position and hope that they don’t get complacent. The support play is great, and Kens maintain possession, Munday sees a break in the defensive line and she’s able to get through to put it under the posts, she also converts her own try, taking it to 36-3. For the next few seconds after the kick, Kens take their eye off the ball, Cannock see an opportunity down the wing and they use it to score but don’t convert; score 36-8.
Kens go back and are determined not to let any more in, Penna is very alert and steals the ball from the breakdown, Kens drive the ball up the park, Fly half Yoli Sempere sees a gap, goes low through the gap and scores under the post, another conversion by Munday and Kens increase their lead, 43-8. It seems as if history is repeating itself in the space of 3 minutes, another steal by Kens sees Sempere go over again.
Score is now 48-8, it’s only 3 minutes left on the clock when Kens backs execute what was perhaps the best switch to date, Cannock are fooled by this, the ball gets out to experienced Flanker McComiskey who goes over in the last few seconds, Kens are unable to convert, whistle goes and Kens finish 53-8.
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