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Wednesday 03 October 2012 Updated: 03/10 14:37
Kenilworth 42 Leamington 3
KENILWORTH made it three Midlands Two West (South) wins out of three by overcoming neighbours Leamington at Glasshouse Lane on Saturday.
The first meeting between the two sides for six years attracted a large crowd and the home side continued their promising start to leave Spa still searching for their first points of the season.
The early exchanges were tentative and both sides were guilty of failing to make the most of some good early possession.
Encouragingly for Kenilworth, early set-piece play suggested that the home side would enjoy an advantage in this area of the game but some early penalty decisions did much to nullify this benefit.
From one such scrum, half-back Sam Nunn judged his move well to intercept Gareth Renowden’s pass to move Leamington into Ks territory and a promising attack developed.
As the ball was moved wide, James Wadey showed great anticipation to intercept the pass and break the Leamington line thundering 20 metres before opting to give the honours to Harry O’Brien supporting well on his right shoulder for a try in the corner.
Tom Kendal continued his good run of form with a well-judged conversion from close to the touchline.
The try lifted Kenilworth and the next ten minutes were almost all spent in the Spa half but they were unable to break through a stubborn defensive wall although Kendall slotted over a penalty to extend the lead.
From the kick-off Nick Maxwell and Mike Kelly combined intelligently to put Spa in a commanding position right in front of the Kenilworth posts.
But the attack was turned over well by Thompson and Renowden turned defence into attack with a good line break and the ball eventually found its way to Whitehall who ran 50m to touch down close to the posts. Kendall again converted.
Spa responded well and Sam Nunn finally got the visitors on the score sheet with a well judged penalty, however, just before half time Kenilworth turned the screw and Whitehall ended a fine run up the left wing by scoring an unconverted try for a 25-3 interval lead.
Spa started the second period in positive mood. Nunn and Alex Carroll were getting the ball away quickly from the scrum, while Greevy and Craig Smith were working tirelessly to support the back line.
But the visitors lacked a cutting edge and were constantly let down by unforced errors from one of which it required an outstanding last-gasp tackle by winger Raby to stop Beckett.
Kenilworth gradually increased the tempo and Beckett neatly set up O’Brien his second try.
The home side enjoyed their best spell in the final quarter during which tries from Ross Lowthian and the industrious Renowden, against his former club, sealed a comfortable victory.
Kenilworth visit Kidderminster and Spa entertain Upton this Saturday (3pm).
Kenilworth Cavaliers suffered a 40-7 defeat against Newbold with Rob Maisey scoring a consolation try which Nick Prince converted.
Kenilworth Colts triumphed 38-5 at Old Leamingtonians/Leamington Colts.
Try scorers were Ed Hannam, Ryan Hutchinson, Will Arnell, Steve Tomlinson, Dan Rink and Yan Francis with Cameron Fisher adding four conversions.
Kenilworth on the rampage during Saturday’s local derby. (s)
Leamington’s player/coach Tom Greevy (far right) sets his defence to counter a Kenilworth attack. Photo supplied by Gina Ruyssevelt. (s)
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