RUGBY UNION - Kenilworth come away with try bonus point in high-scoring Stourbridge defeat - The Leamington Observer

RUGBY UNION - Kenilworth come away with try bonus point in high-scoring Stourbridge defeat

Leamington Editorial 14th Feb, 2024 Updated: 14th Feb, 2024   0

KENILWORTH RFC suffered a 52-35 home defeat against title-chasing Stourbridge in a high-scoring contest.

The home side came away with a try bonus point after Alex Cox, Lewis Kavanagh, Fin Nicholas, Charlie Hudson and Kai Pittam all touched down at the Jack Davies Memorial Ground.

And the result means Kenilworth sit 10th in the Regional 1 Midlands table.

Stourbridge scored the game’s opening try on 15 minutes following an attacking scrum inside the Kenilworth 22.

And the visitors struck again soon after with a fine try which included several deft offloads after Kenilworth conceded a penalty deep in the Stourbridge half.

Stourbridge appeared to take the game out of Kenilworth’s reach before the interval with their third converted try from a sweeping move after the home side made another unforced error.

However, Kenilworth responded with their first try on the stroke of half time as captain Cox dotted down and Mark O’Connor kicked the conversion after good work from Edward Hannam and Max Robinson.

The away side stretched their lead in the second half with an unconverted try after Kenilworth infringed at the breakdown.

Stourbridge crossed again five minutes later with a break from midfield which created a two-on-one chance against the Kenilworth full-back.

And two further Stourbridge tries ended the game as a contest although Kenilworth showed plenty of fight in the final quarter to reduce the deficit.

First, Kavanagh used every inch of his height to reach over and score the home side’s second try of the match .

And Nicholas was next to cross after O’Connor kicked a penalty deep into the Stourbridge half before the latter converted well from out wide.

Another Stourbridge try followed before Hudson scored Kenilworth’s bonus point try from a catch and drive at a lineout with O’Connor adding the extras.

And Kenilworth had the last laugh when Pittam burrowed his way over the line late on and touched down the home side’s fifth try from close range with O’Connor converting.

Kenilworth are next in action away at Burton on Saturday, February 24 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Battlestead Croft.

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