Kenilworth secure first away win at Broadstreet to extend winning run

By Jai Purewal

30th Jan 2023 | Rugby

Kenilworth recorded their first win on the road at Broadstreet with an impressive 22-37 victory (Image by John Coles)
Kenilworth recorded their first win on the road at Broadstreet with an impressive 22-37 victory (Image by John Coles)

Kenilworth extended their winning streak to six matches with an emphatic victory on the road at Broadstreet under the Friday night lights for the first time this season.

With the hosts taking the bragging rights from the last encounter, the Blue and Golds were out to exact revenge and earn the clubs first away victory over Broadstreet in the league. 

With skipper Bobby Thompson away on family duty, it was Mikkel Andressen who led the team out on a fine evening; the Broadstreet pitch near immaculate as ever.

The visitors were mindful of getting off to a good start, and did just that; early pressure in and around the home 22 providing the platform for Kenilworth number eight, Mike Ryan, to take advantage of some sloppy home defence at the breakdown, and bag his and his team's first try of the evening.

Full Back Will Morgan knocked over the kick - a theme of the day. Score 0-7.

Within five minutes Morgan's boot was again called into action. Messrs Boulton, Carey and Stone, supported by the powerhouse of Kavanagh and Randle wreaking havoc in the scrum lead to a penalty to Kenilworth, 42 meters out. Morgan slotted the kick with ease to make the score 0-10.

The first quarter of the game was all Kenilworth, with the scoreboard entirely in their favour, with another try nearly coming around the 20 minute mark.

Kenilworth dominated the opening exchanges and rushed into a commanding lead (Image by John Coles)

Jowett knocked the ball into the corner but the ensuing catch and drive was just held up, allowing Street to clear their lines and catch a breath. 

The home side regrouped and started to flow for the first time in the evening. Whilst Kenilworth were more than capable of repelling whatever their pack had to offer, the Coventry side were having more success in the wider channels.

In the Kenilworth half for their first time, an indiscretion at the breakdown (offside at the back foot) gave the home side their first chance of points. The kick was good, making the score 3-10 with 20 minutes gone.

With Kenilworth guilty of over chasing, Street counter-attacked from deep and following successive phases of play, the Street nine darted over from a five-metre scrum for an unconverted try. Score 8-10 with five minutes to the half. 

Soon after the restart, Street were again piling pressure on the Kenilworth try line. The Broadstreet pack battered the Kenilworth defence time and again, leaving the Kenilworth supporters clock-watching, hoping their side would hold out before half-time. Step up Ollie Stone who put his head where it hurts to affect the turnover and with that the half time whistle. 

The second half started as per the first; Kenilworth on top and threatening the Broadstreet try line.

In one such attack, the Street second row was adjudged to have intentionally dropped the rolling maul and was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

With the Street pack depleted, Kenilworth opted for the scrum and drove over for Mike Ryan's and Kenilworth's second try of the evening. Morgan's conversion kick taking the score to 8-17.

Friday's victory over Broadstreet was Kenilworth's first run-out under the Friday night lights this season (Image by John Coles)

Before the large travelling support had recovered from the joy of that scrum demolition, Kenilworth were scoring again.

Not to be outdone by the forwards, this was a try created by the backs. Neat approach play saw centre Jack Rawlins scorch through the defence and then show composure to float a deft pass to left wing Opoku-Fordjour, who took the play to within meters of the Street line.

It was now time for the heavy artillery, with galloping Doctor Chaz Hudson crashing over for Kenilworth's third try. Conversion again added by the metronomic Morgan. Score 8- 24.

Whilst the score line was heavily in the visitors favour, it always felt that Street, especially their backs, weren't finished. Nonetheless Kenilworth pressed on looking for the bonus point try. 

As the game moved into the final quarter, the Kenilworth backs weren't finished. Fly half Jowett broke through from distance and the final pass to Opoku-Fordjour was slapped down resulting in a yellow card and a penalty try for Kenilworth's bonus point score. 8-31.

Broadstreet were feeling the pressure and were penalised for talking back to the referee, Morgan stepped up and yet again the kick from 40 metres was good adding another three to Kenilworth's tally for the day. Score 8-34.

In the last phase of the game, Street woke up and notched a couple of tries and of course Morgan slotted another excellent penalty from wide on the left. Final score 22-37. 


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