Hannam the star of the show as Kenilworth's winning start goes on - The Leamington Observer

Hannam the star of the show as Kenilworth's winning start goes on

Leamington Editorial 23rd Sep, 2019   0

KENILWORTH’S perfect start to Midlands 1 West continues, after a 36-14 victory over Whitchurch at Glasshouse Lane.

The visitors were not coy in making their intentions known when scoring a converted try five minutes in, putting Whitchurch seven points up.

A penalty from Ed Hannam was successfully kicked between the posts to reduce the gap to four points, though he was unable to deliver the same accuracy with a second penalty awarded shortly after.

He quickly atoned for the initial disappointment when crossing the whitewash after breaking away from a maul from close range, putting his side ahead for the first time in the game.

Hannam was at the centre of all of Kenilworth’s good play, going close to a second try of the game before being denied on the line by a Whitchurch defender – who threw the ball out of play to earn a yellow card.

The first scrum of the game resulted in another penalty for the hosts, from which Kenilworth forced a line-out and subsequently scored, following Connor Burnet’s sprint between the posts.

Leading 15-7 at the break, the hosts went further in front when Gareth Renowden profited from a quickly-taken penalty to score a converted try.

Both sides pressed to try and tip the balance of the game, but it took until the final ten minutes of the game for the scoreline to be altered.

Fortunately for the hosts, it was in their favour, as Renowden intercepted a pass, raced past a defender before scoring a bonus-point try, extending the lead to 29-7.

Whitchurch fought back to cut the deficit to 15 points when scoring their second converted score of the game, though it was Kenilworth who had the last laugh – as Jack Scott wrapped up proceedings with the hosts’ fifth try of the afternoon.

The win makes it three from three for Kenilworth, a record they hope to extend on Saturday (3pm) away to eighth-placed Droitwich.


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