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High-flying Kenilworth RFC prove too strong for the battling Berkswell & Balsall RFC

Berkswell & Balsall RFC 5 Kenilworth RFC 15: High-flying Kenilworth prove too strong for the battling Bs

Berkswell and Balsall slipped to a 10-point defeat to high-flying Kenilworth.

The first half was a scrappy affair with both teams struggling to find any rhythm with the ball in hand. With the majority of the half being played between the two 10-metre lines, defences were on top in the first 40.

Both showed attacking intent, but handling errors let them down. Kenilworth were the first team on to the scoreboard, a simple penalty in front of the posts when Bs were penalised for not rolling away.

The second half was an exhilarating affair in comparison to the first, with three tries scored. The home side started brightly, but a lapse in concentration allowed Kenilworth to play with width and when Bs ran out of numbers, Kenilworth scored in the corner.

Conceding ignited Bs who started to play with pace and width. After continued dominance at the set-piece, Bs set up a trademark driving maul which ground into the Kenilworth 22. Bs then put width on the play and a few phases later, young second row Jack Parker ran in unopposed from 10 metres.

The Berkswell revival didn’t last very long, as Kenilworth were able to take the game out of reach with 10 minutes left, generating quick ball after a number of strong forward carries to break through to score under the posts for 15-5.

In the closing stages, Bs battled hard for a losing bonus point but came up short.

 

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