RUGBY UNION: KENILWORTH Ladies’ perfect start to the season continued on Sunday with a comfortable 57-0 victory over Old Northamptonians, writes Sophie Freestone.
The crushing win kept Kenilworth top of the league, and winger Phoebe Howles was in fine form – bagging a standout hat-trick while winger Sophie Henry and centre Felicity Baldwin each earned a brace.
In ideal rugby playing conditions, Kenilworth wasted no time in taking the lead when Caroline Spence bagged the home side’s first try of the afternoon.
Kenilworth were back on the scoreboard four minutes later when Beth Woodward forced her way through a gap to touch down under the posts – earning Kenilworth a 12-0 lead.
Soon after, Kenilworth added their third try when Sophie Henry scored her first of the afternoon.
Player of the match Phoebe Howles then bagged her first try prior to the end of the first half while Howles soon made it 27-0 prior to half time.
If the first half proved to be tough for Old Northamptonians, the second was to be worse.
Baldwin bagged Kenilworth’s sixth try through Baldwin before a seventh was added – again by Baldwin – with only 44 minutes on the clock.
Howles then wrapped up her hat-trick mid-way through the second half while further touchdowns for Janine McComiskey, Helena Allison-Moore and Sophie Henry wrapped up an impressive 57-0 win against their newly promoted rivals.
The Ladies are next in action on Sunday, when Old Northamptonians welcome them to Billing Road for the first round of the Women’s Intermediate Cup.