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On another sunny September afternoon, and after a tremendous win last time out against Sutton Coldfield, a much changed Cavs side descended on the cow patch with a side consisting of many young colts who were making debuts, along with a few senior regulars. Alas the young charges could not match the more experienced visitors, final score Cavs 7 Newbold 2s 40.

With the 1s playing against the arch enemy Leamington for the first time in a while, during the warm up it seemed that minds were half a mile up Glasshouse Lane rather than on the pitch. But a dominant start to the game seemed to dispel that myth as the kick off was chased, turned over, and only two sets of good tackles stopped the man of the match Adam Turner from scoring from one of his mazy runs. Then, from the resulting open play and completely against the run of play, a Newbold break through the centres ended up with a try underneath our posts.

This seemed to galvanise the Cavs who flew up at the Newbold forwards from the kick off and having turned the ball over, went through the phases until good forward play led to Rob Maisey going over in the corner, with Nick Prince (Prinny) knocking over the conversion. Unfortunately that was as good as it got in the first half as Newbold continued to take advantage of poor tackling and lack of concentration around the break down, running in several tries.

The 2nd half was a better performance than the first, but injuries and more tackling issues left the final score at 7-40 to Newbold; a score that could have been a whole lot worse.

A bad day at the office, but valuable experience to the new guys, particularly Lloyd and Jack who put in good shifts. Now comes the enviable task of beating Sutton twice in three weeks in the first round of the cup hopefully with another positive outcome!

Kenilworth 42 Leamington 3

A glorious late September afternoon at Glasshouse Lane promised a fast, open game between these two local rivals; facing each other for the first time in 6 years. The pre kick-off instructions to both captains by the visiting referee suggested that the man in the middle had done his homework and was aware of the significance of this fixture in days past.

The early exchanges were tentative and both sides were guilty of not making the most of some good early possession. Encouragingly for Kenilworth, early set-piece play suggested that the home side would enjoy an advantage in this area of the game but some early penalty decisions did much to nullify this benefit. From one such scrum, Nunn the Leamington half-back, judged his move well to intercept Renowdens pass to move Leamington into Ks territory and a promising attack developed. As the ball was moved wide, James Wadey showed great anticipation to intercept the pass and break the Leamington line thundering 20 metres before opting to give the honours to Harry OBrien supporting well on his right shoulder for a try in the corner. Tom Kendal continued his good run of form with a well-judged conversion from close to the touchline.

The try seemed to lift Kenilworth and the next 10 minutes were almost all spent in the Leamington half but all too often the attack came to an abrupt end due to a whistle rather than an error from the home side. With the penalty count becoming an issue Kenilworth were finally awarded one of their own and Kendall made no mistake to extend the lead to 10-0 with a quarter of the match played.

Leamington now upped their game and put together a series of good moves but all came to naught as each attack ended with largely unforced errors. One such attack was turned over well be Thompson and Renowden turned defence into attack with a good line break and the ball eventually found its way to Whitehall who ran all of 50m to touch down close to the posts. Another successful conversion by Kendall brought the score to 17-0. Again Leamington responded well from the kick-off with another strong surge into the Kenilworth half but eerily it was Wadey again who read the game well intercepting the attacking ball and charging up the pitch. This time he had Openshaw on his left shoulder who not only secured the offload but, with a deft chip-kick over the oncoming defender, brought play all the way to the Leamington 22m line.

In the remaining minutes before the half, Kenilworth continued pressing for an additional score but becoming increasingly frustrated by some unfathomable decisions. But eventually the pressure did tell; with the Ks attack faltering, Whitehall took matters into his own hands and took off up the left wing beating defenders en route to a fine score to leave the half-time score 25-3.

The second half began in much the same way as the first half with Leamington keen to take the ball on but let down by a final pass or other unforced errors. And, worryingly for Kenilworth, the penalty count continued to climb against the home side and the latest infringement put Leamington 10m form the Ks line. Again the promising attack was turned by Renowden, well supported by Todd, the ball finding its way to Beckett who took off with customary speed towards the line only to be stopped by an outstanding last-gasp tackle by winger Raby. Kenilworth were now steadily increasing the tempo of the game as they sensed a real opportunity to close the game out and spent long periods in the Leamington half.

As Leamington looked to ease the pressure with a scrum Renowden again got the drop on his opposite number and made another outstanding line break which again found its way to Beckett who did what he did all day quickly! Tearing up the right wing he found support inside him which split the Leamington defence and put Harry OBrien in for his second of the afternoon. The die was now cast and the only issue to be decided was the margin of victory and Kenilworth now entered their most dominant phase of the game. A fantastic break on the right wing resulted in superb handling between a number of players with Ross Lowthian taking the final pass with 15m still to go. The lone defender between Lothian and the line was displaced by the hookers final effort to score close to the posts. A last flurry near the Leamington line saw Renowden steal over for a try which was the minimum reward for his afternoons industry.

So a final score of 42-3 is the reward of a good afternoon's work, but there is much to work on- Ks took far too long to establish a rhythm to the game and impose their game on the opposition. The restarts, although well secured, were not converted into possessions which set a tone for the next phases of the game. We will surely meet sterner tests this season and these shortcomings may be exposed but that is to take nothing away from Leamington who played with real commitment and intent.

NOTE: Referee had score down as 47-3 and wanted this to be reported to RFU both Leamington and ourselves dispute this and say it was 42-3!

Kenilworth Colts 38 v Combined Old Leams/Leamington Colts 5

Away - 29/9/12

Kenilworth Colts travelled to Old Leamingtonians for their annual grudge match against a combined Old Leams/Leamington Colts side missing a handful of first choice players, but still managed to take 23 players over and give everyone decent game time, including supplying a couple of players to the hosts.

We welcomed back Joe Ballinger, George Harman, Olly Brown and Henry Weston after the National Cup game last weekend and, although Im led to believe that one or two had had a very late night on the Friday, which may have diminished their performances, their experience served the team well. We started the game with Max Wiggins and Tom Clitherow in the back-row and together with Dan Goode, who all acquitted themselves really well and rewarded all those lads that had trained well on Tuesday with a start to the game.

On a sunny dry day with a slight breeze going down the pitch, Kenilworth pack immediately gained good possession and after a good break down the blindside by Joe Ballinger and a series of good offloading and support, this opened up space for Ed Hannam to exploit for a try converted by Cameron Fisher, back playing at fly-half after his tennis finals. Sloppy defense in the backs then allowed Leamington to run through almost un-contested to bring them back into the game with an unconverted try.

Kenilworth managed to gain good quality ball, but continued to take the ball into contact instead of moving the ball wide and looked a poor side in the ruck, especially in the 1st half. A bright note was the running with ball in hand by Conor Barron, who regularly made great yardage and managed to offload the ball to his colleagues in support. From some quick ball (at last!!), the ball was moved wide to Ryan Hutchinson on the wing, who with space around him, barged through the defense to score another converted try, taking the half-time score to 14-5.

All the lads that hadnt been on in the 1st half, came on for the 2nd half this included Will Arnell and Will Field for their first games of the season. I am especially grateful to Jason Ford, who played for the opposition in the 1st half and gave a great showing when he pulled on a Kenilworth jersey in the 2nd half and also to Tom Clitherow and Max Wiggins, who shared the 2nd half for Leamington as well. Without this, we wouldnt have got a full game in, due to injuries to two Leamington players.

The 2nd half allowed us to put some pace on the game and produce far quicker ball and this resulted in 4 tries, of which two were converted by Cameron Fisher.

Will Arnell was first to touch down following good hands by the backs. The next try by Steve Tomlinson was a tribute to some quality offloading by the forwards and Steve up in support, barged over the line. Dan Rink then added his trade mark try with a barnstorming run, picking the ball up at running at pace at their backs, who didnt look keen to try to stop him (neither would I!!). The final try was scored by Yan Francis, who had been a menace to the hosts all 2nd half and his clever feet and speed took him over the line.

Several tries went begging through poor finishing, either people not grounding the ball properly, taking a silly option when others were in a better position to score or simply a poor pass/catch at the death. The score could have reflected a heavier defeat, but great credit to Old Leams/Leamington for hanging in there to the end. Their forwards put the Kenilworth scrum under great pressure in the 2nd half and their counter-rucking stole a lot of ball against their static opponents. All in all, a good win, but things can (& will) get better.

Next week, we have a home game against Newbold, which will give us a sterner test.

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