KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Kenilworth’s Colts rose to the challenge of their rivals, crossing the whitewash twice and keeping OLs out for a very significant 12 – 0 victory, writes Phil Morris.
The Colts travelled the short distance to OLs Bericote Lane ground just as Storm Deidre struck the West Midlands. With just one league loss for the OLs side this season, Kenilworth knew this would be a tough game of rugby.
Kenilworth kicked off as lashing rain and high winds swept across the field of play. Kenilworth maintained good early possession and applied the greater pressure in the opening minutes. Then, ten minutes into the game Jack Rawlins seized on an interception and secured the opening try, successfully converted by Dan Sibley’s boot. 7 – 0.
The next ten minutes saw both sides fighting hard and both teams struggling with the conditions. Kenilworth’s defence held firm as OLs explored their options, successfully closing down the home team’s advances. Henry Wood received the ball from a Kenilworth scrum, found a gap and scored Kenilworth’s second try, Sibley’s conversion kick narrowly missing the posts. 12 – 0.
At the half time whistle both sides retreated indoors due to the extreme weather conditions.
OLs kicked off for the second half and both sides pushed hard, trading attacks and kicks. The conditions continued to influence play, with handling errors increasing and neither side could find a way through though with no further points scored.
It was a superb display of commitment from Kenilworth against one of the league's strongest teams. A defensive masterclass it was great to see points scored in a game with few opportunities, in truly hideous conditions.