Southam 7 – 67 Kenilworth
On a cold, grey morning with a cutting wind blowing across the pitch, conditions were challenging for our match against a powerful and quick Kenilworth team. With the wind in their backs and having adapted well to the conditions, Kenilworth quickly racked up a number of tries. Our Year 9 team struggled to get to grips with them in the scrum or in open play, failing to get much of the ball, and often giving it away quickly when they did. After a punishing and cold 1st half the score was 47-0 and spirits was low.
Too their tremendous credit, though, our boys picked themselves up and with a few replacements coming on, gave a much better account of themselves in the 2nd half. The forward line, lead by some forceful running from Jack Latus, managed to get good possession and push play back into Kenilworth territory. We started to threaten their line, and after what seems another thwarted attempted, Luke Padmore picked up a clearance kick at Full-back, breaking through a number of tackles in a powerful, mazy run to score under the posts. Will Eadon slotted over the conversion, to get our first points on the board.
With our scrum and line-outs starting to win better ball, we did threaten the Kenilworth line further, but also left gaps in our own defence, that were exploited a number of times by the impressive handling of the Kenilworth backs. It was a tough match, in challenging conditions, but all-in-all our boys deserve praise for the way that they continued to battle on and will come back stronger for the experience.
All the best for your next match against Coundon Court.