KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
KENILWORTH 2s 17 LUTTERWORTH 2s 7
Kenilworth's 2nd XV started off their season with a 17-7 victory against Lutterworth 2s on Saturday afternoon in what was an outstanding competitive game, writes Andy McKenzie.
In their first outing of the season, tries from Ed Rogers, Finn Nicholas and Sam Richards were enough to beat the well-drilled Lutterworth side.
After a last minute cancellation the previous week by Old Laurentians, Kenilworth were disappointed but also keen to get on the pitch for the first time since winning the Warwickshire 2nd XV Shield in March. There was a number of new faces in the match day squad including several former Kenilworth Colts who have successfully made the step up to senior rugby.
Lutterworth started off well with some strong carries from their centres but were unable to penetrate the Kenilworth line with brothers Tommy and Rhys Jones staying solid in defence and putting in some big hits.
Kenilworth were first on the scoreboard after putting together several phases of play resulting in a try from number eight Ed Rogers.
On the day it was a fantastic performance from all of the 21 players used and the highlight was the skills, work rate and aggression shown by the younger players.
Joe Stickley was composed and confident with ball in hand, bursting through the Lutterworth line several times with great foot work and ran in a try from around the Lutterworth 22 but was unlucky to have it disallowed for a much delayed foot in touch decision.
In the back row Jacob Line and Ben Brown hit everything that moved and maintained an immense work rate throughout the game. Finn Nicholas played well in the front row with the experienced Ross Lowthian and Will Blackmore and was dominant winning scrums against the head.
Nicholas capped off his performance with a well deserved try in the 2nd half diving over from close range. The introduction of Sam Richards, Ben Roberts and Hector Smith at the half provided some much welcomed fresh legs on a hot day.
Kenilworth’s last try was scored by Sam Richards, the replacement back row who powered over from short range in the 2nd half after some good work from the Kenilworth backs to gain favourable position for the pack to pick and go close to the line. Man of the match went to both Jacob Line and Joe Stickley for their outstanding contributions.
The 2nd XV now look forward to next Sunday (22nd September) when they visit Broadstreet 2s to contest the semi final of the Warwickshire 2nd XV Cup.