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Your News Kenilworth 39 - Broadstreet 10

This was a long time in coming. Most Kenilworth supporters in the sizeable crowd could not remember the last victory of their First XV over Broadstreet. However, this emphatic win sent the boys from beside the banks of Coventry's Eastern Bypass, back to Binley Woods with their tails well and truly between their legs. What has been lacking in the home side's recent dismal run - a combative approach, quick ball, and the right options, put one of the contenders for the play-off place in Midlands One, away with aplomb.Tetchiness is invariably to the fore in this local derby, and it took just a minute for the first altercation. Thankfully, in spite of further sporadic outbursts of petulance and smidgens of blood, both sides ended with a full complement on the park.

The opening exchanges were shaded by Kenilworth. Signs of things to come soon began to emerge. Captain Pete Roberts surged clear, but threw a poor pass when he might have made the line himself. On 10 minutes, a charge down by Rupert Cooper and subsequent breaks by Gareth Renowden and James Hersey released Roberts for a try under the posts, which fly-half Chris Brown converted. Three minutes later, the lead was stretched by a Chris Brown penalty following illegal use of hands by Broadstreet. The Kenilworth No 10, who had a fine all-round game, then placed a clever chip over the defence. This led to a pick up by Hersey and transfer to Roberts, who obliged with his second converted try on the quarter hour. The visitors responded, and it took some stout defence, plus a few indiscretions, to keep them at bay. However, reward came on 20 minutes, with an unconverted try in the left corner, following a drive by their pack. Not to be outdone, the Ks immediately stormed back, a great run by Renowden seeing Roberts once more on hand to notch up his hat-trick, Chris brown again adding the extras. A few minutes later, a neat and decisive pick-up by Scott Clendinning-Fenton was followed by a brilliant cross-kick by prop Andy Lawrence that was chased, caught and touched down by the speedy Andy Whitehall. The conversion attempt by Chris Brown was narrowly wide. With each member of the K's pack giving at least as good as they got, and making quick ball available, the attacks flowed. Another astute kick ahead by Chris Brown was chased to near the Street line by Luke Brown, before being fly-hacked into touch. Nonetheless, no further points were added before half-time, when the score was 29-5.

A vigorous start to the second half saw Mike Smith, who was to become increasingly influential for the Ks, penalised for an illegal tackle. Then, a long sniping run by Renowden was finished in style by Whitehall, but the scoring pass was adjudged to have been forward. Subsequent exchanges were scrappy, abrasive, and punctuated by penalty awards. Broadstreet lost Eddie Simkiss to the sin-bin after 16 minutes, following one indiscretion too many. Ian Fergusson then replaced Roberts with Alex Taylor and Whitehall with Dave Clements. A sparkling Renowden break set up Hersey, whose great run culminated in an unconverted try on 20 minutes. Streets' only effective response, as it had been all afternoon, was to mount forward pressure. When they had driven towards the Kenilworth line, and been awarded a penalty 10 metres out, Cooper, a talisman in the lineout and loose, was yellow-carded. The Ks held out for most of his absence, but on the half-hour, yet another drive by the visiting pack resulted in an unconverted try in the left corner. For the last few minutes, Darren Dean replaced Matt Davies, whose experience had been invaluable. Another Chris Brown kick ahead and chase by Luke Brown nearly paid dividends, before in added time, Taylor punched a hole in the Street defence, before linking with Chris Brown, Hersey and Clements, the latter scorching away for an unconverted try, that made the final tally 39-10.

Kenilworth: Clendenning-Fenton, L. Brown, Hersey, Roberts (Capt.), Whitehall, C. Brown, Renowden, Collett, Davies, Lawrence, Phillips, Careless, N. Smith, Cooper, M.Smith. Replacements: Taylor, Clements, Dean.

Next Saturday (23rd February), Kenilworth take on Old Laurentians in a Warwickshire Cup Quarter-Final tie at Glasshouse Lane. Kick-off is at 2.15pm.

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