16th Jul, 2019

Kenilworth lose winning streak against table topping Droitwich

RUGBY UNION: KENILWORTH’S unbeaten run in the league came to an end on Saturday with a comprehensive 41-0 defeat away to Droitwich, writes Sophie Freestone.

Unbeaten since September, Kenilworth found themselves 17-0 down inside the opening 30 minutes.

A trio of tries from Brad Cook helped the hosts build their early advantage while Bobby Scott-Walker added one conversion.

The second half saw Droitwich extend their lead immediately with a try from Ruben Staite on the left with 42 minutes on the clock.

Kenilworth subsequently kept the Droitwich attack at bay for 15 minutes before Staite added a second by the posts with the final quarter approaching to give his side a 29-0 advantage.

With the match entering the final fifteen minutes, Droitwich continued to pressure the Kenilworth defence.

Their efforts were rewarded when Mark Strutt crossed on the left for his side’s sixth of the afternoon.

They completed their try-scoring after 75 minutes when another five metre line out resulted in a try for Rob Poke, with Scott-Walker once again adding the extras for a 41-0 victory.

Next up for Kenilworth is a derby against local side Earlsdon on Saturday.

Kick off at Glasshouse Lane is 2:15pm.

Elsewhere Kenilworth Ladies secured a 34-17 win in a friendly against Towcester Roses.

Patricia McMahon (2), Cath Lyon, Rebecca Lane, Sophie Henry and Gemma Gilleece were the try scorers with Rebecca Lewis adding two conversions.

The Ladies are back in league action on Sunday as they travel to Rugby Lionesses for their penultimate fixture of 2017.

Kenilworth Girls are also performing well, fielding two sides at the Berkswell & Balsall’s recent tournament.

With the Kenilworth Cougars coming up against the Kenilworth Kittens, it was the Cougars that came out on to to progress to the semi finals against Yardley with a 7-3 victory.

An 8-4 victory for the Cougars saw them reach the final, a match they won 8-5 against Evesham to finish as the tournament’s overall winners.

Meanwhile Kenilworth Colts suffered a bruising defeat against rivals Old Leamingtonians.

The Colts lost 43-5 against a well organised Leamington side.

The hosts were quick out of the blocks, putting 24 points on the board within the first 20 minutes.

Despite a more physical start to the second half from Kenilworth, the score after 50 minutes was 43-0.

Kenilworth’s efforts were rewarded at the end though when Jack Rawlings scored the club’s only try as the game ended 43-5.

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