KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
After the disappointment of losing against Shipston by a single point before Christmas, Kenilworth got back to winning ways on a cold and wet day at the cow patch, doing just enough to come out winners 15-14.
Kenilworth started the brighter of the two with a powerful run from new player Rob Lester bouncing off defenders and taking Kenilworth well into the Sils 22. Some basic hands in the backs finished off by Dan Retter who touched down in the corner to make it 5-0. No conversion. Kenilworth added another 3 points shortly after when a Silhillians player was penalised for an offence at the breakdown. Retter slotting over to make the score 8-0 with less than 10 minutes gone.
A few missed tackles allowed Sils to have some time with the ball, a lot of it in the Kenilworth half. One particular attack was stopped by impressive winger James Lilley who made a fantastic recovering tackle, got to his feet and turned the ball over. The Sils player being penalised for holding on to the ball.
With the ball back in Kenilworth hands it wasn’t long before Kenilworth scored again. Second row Jordan Cox out of nowhere saw space and took the ball around 30 meters handing off several defenders to bring Kenilworth to within 10 of the Sils try line. Rob Lester finished off the attack, running through several players and crashing over under the posts. Converted by Retter to make the score 15-0 at half time.
That was all the points Kenilworth could manage on the day as the 2nd half was mostly Silhillians. Two converted tries brought the score to 15-14 with 10 minutes remaining. Looking to extend the lead, Kenilworth attacked once more and James Lilley touched down out wide only for the try to be controversially disallowed for a foot in touch.
It was a relief to hear the final whistle and Kenilworth keep the pressure on table toppers Leamington.
Mentions this week to top try scorer Dan Retter who played at full back for the first time. Dan scored again and made some fantastic kicks from hand to keep Kenilworth moving up the field. Also to Jacob Line who came on at half time and gave Kenilworth the energy and aggression that was lacking in most of the 2nd half. Several big hits and a turnover being crucial to securing the win.
Overall Man of the Match was given to James Lilley. James has only played 5 games of senior rugby but has improved with every one. He made some fantastic runs, tackled well and was unlucky to have his try disallowed.