Another League Defeat for Kenilworth

Kenilworth 24 - 42 Bournville

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016 09:45pm
Kenilworth, Warwick
By Willie Whitesmith
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  • Warwickshire Cup Semi on Sunday @ Broadstreet
  • A kicking course on 19th Oct, hence NO TOUCH
  • Wal Prescott game, Friday night, 7pm
  • 200 Club Re-Launch on 11th Nov


  • Another league defeat, 24-42, for the first XV against Bournville last week but what might have been with us leading 21-3 after twenty minutes with tries from Rhys Jones, Mikkel and Bobby. However Bournville stepped up a few gears and ended up scoring six tries fopr their bonus point win. The report on the game is on the web site with some superb piccies from Stuart Hayward-Higham. There are also top quality video highlights on GlasshouseTV – accessible through

A tale of two halves for Kenilworth as Bournville taste success at Glassshouse Lane

It was a fifth defeat of the season for Kenilworth on Saturday as they suffered a 42-24 home defeat to Bournville despite racing into a 21-3 lead after just 21 minutes, writes Sophie Freestone.
Kenilworth’s first try of the match was scored by winger Rhys Jones who latched onto a grubber kick from full back Jamie Mapletoft after the ball was shipped wide with just eight minutes played. Hickman’s conversion gave the hosts a 7-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes.
Bournville closed the gap to four points with quarter of an hour gone, thanks to a penalty from fly half Alex Warner. Kenilworth responded immediately however, with a try from flanker Mikkel Andresen. A superb mid-air catch gave the hosts an excellent field position in attack and the ball eventually made its way to Andresen who danced his way over the line. Hickman successfully added the extras to give Kenilworth a 14-3 lead with just 17 minutes played.
The hosts were again on the scoreboard just four minutes later with another well worked try that was finished off by number eight Bobby Thompson, after the back row who also started the move. Thompson broke away from the back of a Kenilworth scrum just outside their own 22 before passing to Gareth Renowden who broke upfield. Quick ball created space out wide on the left and good hands from Thompson allowed him to cross on the left. Hickman converted the try to give the hosts an impressive 21-3 lead with just 21 minutes on the clock.
The second twenty of the first half saw possession swing between both sides before Bournville began their comeback after 32 minutes. Some quick hands took the ball out to winger Warren Oliver who chased his own kick to score on the right. Warner added the extras.
Bournville’s second try of the afternoon followed shortly afterwards, with prop Alex Willis powering over from a 5m line out. Willis once again converted the try to take Bournville to within four points of Kenilworth to make the score 21-17 as half time approached.
Hickman and Warner exchanged penalties in the opening ten minutes of the second half before  Bournville took the lead for the first time with 54 minutes on the clock. The visitors pounced on loose ball from the base of a 5m scrum from Kenilworth before hooker Ashley Knight burrowed his way over the line for a 25-24 lead.
Kenilworth’s defence held firm for the next 15 minutes before Bournville capitalised on a poor line out from the hosts with Drew Harper crossing after 70 minutes to secure the try bonus point. Warner’s conversion made the score 32-24 to the visitors with just under 10 minutes to play.
That lead was extended just five minutes later after the ball was well worked across the field from a line out just inside the Kenilworth 22 to put James Whybrow over in the right corner.
Bournville were then on the scoreboard just two minutes later to finish the match with a superb team try from inside their own half. James Whybrow was once again on hand to make the final score 42-24 to Bournville.
The defeat means Kenilworth currently sit at the bottom of Midlands 1 West with just one win in six games. Their next fixture is a Cup semi final against Nuneaton at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday before they return to league action on Saturday 22
nd October away from home against Burton.

This result, and others, means we have now slipped back to the foot of the table. Our Cavaliers lost 0-45 at Banbury (who have won all of their five games to date). The only good result last week was the win by our Ladies in a Cup Competition at Five Ways OE’s (a league higher), 26-10. The report on this game is also on the web site. 

  • This weekend (Sunday 16) our first XV are playing their Warwickshire Cup semi final with Nuneaton who are currently playing in NL3 midlands where they are [censored] fourth with four wins out of six. Last week they lost 28-56 away at Sheffield. In their ranks they boast ex Kenilworth players Daz Dean, Nick Smith & Elliott Brown. Lee Cassell is also their backs coach. The game is being played at Broadstreet with a 3pm kick off and £2 entry


  • On Sunday afternoon (16) our Ladies are at home in a league game against Dudley K, kick off


  • On Saturday (15) our threes have their first run out of the season at home to Shottery, kick off 3pm on the main
  • On Friday 21 Oct our Pirates will be playing Old Coventrians Vets in a game to mark the memory of Wal Prescott. The bar will be open from 6pm for the 7pm kick off. st
  • Please remember the club now has BT Sport at the weekends and this includes Premiership Rugby & European Cup Rugby (with Sky) on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Sky will also be the platform for the up and coming Autumn Internationals at Twickenham. 
  • Another of our Sponsors is The Almanack. They have kindly agreed to reward members of Kenilworth RFC with a discount on any wine purchased. Details of this offer are on our web site,  and all you have to do is show them your Membership card.
  • On Wed 19 Oct Tom Kendall is holding a kicking class on the main pitch and all prospective kickers are welcome to attend. Because of the kicking class there will be no touch rugby that night. th
  • On Wed 26 Oct there is a Rugby Awareness Seminar at Broadstreet and this is open to everyone. Full details are on the home page of the web site. th
  • On the 29 Oct we are holding a Pirates Lunch before our home game with Crewe & Nantwich and if you fancy attending this then contact Bruce Doe on
  • On 11 Nov there will be the first 200 Draw of the season and more info on this will be provided nearer the time. It is a Friday night and you could have a pint and glass of wine waiting to see if you have won up to £1000! Full details are on the web

15th Oct                         3’s v Shottery, 3pm
16th Oct                         v Nuneaton, cup semi final, 3pm, Broadstreet
16th Oct                         Ladies v Dudley Kingswinford, 2pm
19th Oct                         Kicking Class, 7pm: NO TOUCH!
21st Oct                         Pirates v Old Coventrians, 7pm, in memory of Wal Prescott
29th Oct                         v Crewe & Nantwich, 3pm: Pirates Lunch
30th Oct                         Silhillians v Cavaliers, 2.15, War Cup, round 1
5th Nov                           Cavaliers v Old Laurentian 2’s
11th Nov                         200 Club Draw
12th Nov                         Warwickshire Cup Final
19th Nov                         v Hereford
26th Nov                         Cavaliers v Banbury       
10th Dec                        Christmas Lunch (v Newport)
17th Dec                        Players Christmas Party


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