RUGBY UNION: KENILWORTH continued their strong start to the 2017/18 season with a 36-5 victory against Old Silhillians, writes Sophie Freestone.
In their fifth outing of the season, Kenilworth secured a bonus point, scoring five tries to leave them in third place.
Old Silhillians, returning to Glasshouse Lane for the first time since the two sides last met during the 2015/16 Midlands 1 West season, started the match brightest, scoring a try after a well worked move.
The windy conditions made adventurous rugby incredibly difficult.
While they worked themselves into good field positions, handling errors meant Kenilworth were unable to convert their opportunities into points.
That all changed after 23 minutes however when the ball made its way to captain Bobby Thompson after a great steal at a five metre lineout.
The powerful openside then barged his way through the Old Silhillians defence to score his side’s first try of the match. Alex Selby impressively landed the conversion in the challenging conditions to nudge his side into a 7-5 lead.
It took until the 58th minute before there were any more points put on the board though.
They came courtesy of a penalty from Selby, who was once again successful with his kick to extend his side’s lead to five points at a windswept Glasshouse Lane.
That seemed to be the turning point with Kenilworth scoring four tries in quick succession to secure a bonus point victory as Ed Hannam and prop Dan Roberts crossed over to ensure Kenilworth sit in third place following the 36-5 victory.