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Wednesday 07 November 2012 Updated: 07/11 16:08
Kenilworth 34 Old Laurentians 31
TITLE-chasing Kenilworth signalled their intent with an excellent victory over the Midlands Two West (South) leaders at Glasshouse Lane on Saturday.
Some great interplay in attack and a superb defensive display was rewarded with a scoreline that ultimately flattered the visitors.
OLs dominated the opening stages but were restricted to a solitary penalty.
Kenilworth, having weathered the storm, hit back with a swift move involving Andrew Whitehall, Jimmy Middleton and Simon Tyler which was forced into touch five metres short of the line.
The home forwards launched a further attack from the ensuing lineout and wadey went over for a try which Harry O’Brien converted.
Shortly after the alert Gareth Renowden intercepted a pass and ran 30 metres unopposed to double the home score.
Virtually straight from the restart, Nyle Beckett appeared at centre and stepped inside to break the OLs line but the try came at a cost as the scorer pulled up with a hamstring strain.
The lead was increased midway through the first half when OLs transgressed near the halfway line but back chat saw the penalty moved ten metres further and O’Brien duly slotted it between the posts.
OLs responded in fine fashion by totally dominating the next ten minutes but they could only manage to convert two penalties, the second of which saw Gibson yellow-carded for lying on a ruck.
Good work from the Kenilworth backs ended with Whitehall and Sheehan linking well to send Tyler over for the bonus point try.
It required a try-saving tackle to prevent Wadey touching down following a deft kick towards the corner from fly-half Cresswell.
OLs finished the first half strongly and were rewarded with an unconverted try plus a penalty which reduced the arrears to 31-17 at the interval.
The visitors remained on top at the start of the second half and a spell of sustained pressure resulted in a converted try which reduced the lead to seven points.
Kenilworth hit back and as they attacked the line OLs conceded a string of penalties which eventually led to a sin-binning.
The hosts piled on the pressure and won a penalty which O’Brien duly converted to provide some breathing space.
It took some outstanding defence to keep OLs at bay in the closing stages and although the final move of the match resulted in a converted try it was not enough to prevent Kenilworth from claiming a magnificent win.
Kenilworth, who are now just one point behind the leaders, switch their attention to the RFU Intermediate Cup when they entertain Leighton Buzzard this Saturday (2.15pm).
James Wadey gets to grips with an Old Laurentians opponent during Saturday’s splendid victory. (s)
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