Newbold Colts 33 Kenilworth Colts 15
After surrendering top spot on points difference to Kenilworth, Newbold were out to prove a point and also take back the mantle of league leaders. Starting with the sun behind them the lads seemed to leave all the pre match build up in the changing room. Kenilworth started much the stronger team and applied good pressure which led to the opening try of the game in the corner when last ditch defending was not enough, after missing the conversion Newbold got their game together.
After some quality handling Declan George went through under the posts and an easy conversion was left for Ethan Wookey to blast over to take the lead. More good work from both forwards and backs saw the ball go wide and Harry Harness took flight, galloping down the wing to go in at the corner which was expertly converted by Ethan and Newbold were looking good.
A flurry of exchanges lead to a Kenilworth penalty just outside the 22 and they took this chance to draw close. From the restart, pressure from Newbold’s tight 8 saw the opposition knock on and at the resultant scrum the ball was flashed across the backs and Owen Evans barnstormed his way over rounding off under the posts for Ethan to convert again, Kenilworth seemed down but they were most certainly not out and to their credit came forward all the time, this galvanised the lads and with some exquisite work from scrum half Declan he leapt through the defence to score his second of the day giving Ethan another easy shot at goal which rounded off a great first half for the home side.
Injuries caused some changes at half time and the continuity seemed to suffer slightly but not the defence, sheer grit and determination from the whole squad kept the Kenilworth boys at bay until they finally breached the line with a great converted try of their own. This gave them some impetus and they were now gaining the upper hand until a fantastic move in the backs gave Richard Suddens his chance to round the defence for the last score of the game and quelled any hope of a comeback.
Great rugby played by both teams, just what you would expect from the top two sides in the league.