By Tony Sollis Wednesday 12 September 2012 Updated: 12/09 17:36
Kenilworth 44 Dunlop 29
Midlands Two West (South)
KENILWORTH’S bid to secure an instant return to Midlands One West began in fine style on Saturday as they overcame fellow relegated side Dunlop at the Jack Davies Memorial Ground.
Both sides looked nervous in the early stages with a number of errors being made as the new season got underway.
Dunlop looked the slightly more cohesive in the first quarter, making inroads in the wider channels and only an excellent tackle from Kendall, who was to have an influential game from full back, prevented a score.
It was Kendall who provided the first points of the game with an excellent penalty from just inside the Dunlop half but the visitors soon responded with one of their own.
The hosts, who travel to Droitwich on Saturday, gradually began to find their feet and Kendall kicked another penalty before Renowden and Collett crossed for two converted tries.
Kendall also added the extras when Openshaw galloped over down the right as Kenilworth took firm control.
The bonus point try arrived before the break when Tyler finished an excellent move to take the score to 32-3 but Dunlop had the final say of the half with a converted try.
Holton’s debut try got the second half scoring underway for Kenilworth but they went on to concede a number of unnecessary penalties which led to two Dunlop tries, one of which was converted.
Beckett stamped his mark on proceedings after gathering a loose ball on halfway and using his pace to sprint away from the defence and score, Kendall’s conversion made it 44-22.
Dunlop had the last word when their right winger finished well after a series of drives towards the Kenilworth line.
KENILWORTH Cavaliers opened with a 50-31 success against a Rugby St Andrews XV.
Saints opened the scoring with a converted try but Kenilworth soon got themselves back on level terms.
By half time Saints had opened up a 24-15 lead but Cavaliers came storming back after the break.
They took their chances well in the second half with the forwards making their presence felt and the backs opening up well.
Saints did score one converted try in the second half but there was no stopping Kenilworth who powered to victory.
Dave Jones, Adam Hadwin, Rich Hall, Lloyd Philips, Ed Hunter, Andy Fox and Nick Prince scored Kenilworth’s tries with Prince also adding six conversions and a penalty.
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