Kenilworth Rugby Club

Kenilworth lose top spot with heavy defeat at Lichfield

Lichfield 29 Kenilworth 0

League leaders Kenilworth made the journey to Cooke Fields under leaden skies to take on the Myrtle Greens but after 80 minutes in cold and wet conditions the home side were celebrating a bonus point win, and Kenilworth left for home without a point, writes Phil Morris.

Kenilworth kicked-off as supporters of both sides sheltered from the cold breeze and drizzle. Lichfield were immediately on the attack, moving the ball well and advancing relentlessly into Kenilworth’s half. Within five minutes of the whistle Lichfield had notched-up three points from a penalty kick. Kenilworth responded but their efforts were snuffed out, either by Lichfield’s defence or through errors. 

Lichfield’s attacking pressure was maintained and with 20 minutes on the clock they move the ball quickly and cleanly from a 5m scrum to score the opening try, and an eight-point lead. The balance of the first half witnessed both sides driving mauls, exchanging kicks and contesting in the scrum. Most of this played out in Kenilworth’s half though and although the whistle blew with no further score, Lichfield looked the more threatening side and, perhaps, should have been further ahead.

Lichfield started the second half with the same intensity, as the rain came down even harder under the floodlights. Their second try came from another scrum a few meters from Kenilworth’s line, with their captain adding the extras.  0 - 15. Aside from a couple of searching runs from Kenilworth, play remained largely under Lichfield’s control.  With ten minutes to go another great attacking move from Lichfield - from a poor clearance kick - added a further seven points to their tally at 0 - 22. With the inevitable outcome clear, Kenilworth arguably played their best phases of rugby in the dying minutes of the game. Sadly, it was too little too late and the hosts showed determination and resolve to secure a bonus point with a final converted and bonus point try and a 0 – 29 win.

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