Last minute Warwickshire Cup final defeat for Kenilworth in Broadstreet double-header
By Jai Purewal
3rd Nov 2022 | Rugby
Broadstreet claimed the bragging rights and the Warwickshire Cup with the last play of the game at Glasshouse Lane.
The derby match with Kenilworth, described by Warwickshire RFU President Steve Wilkes as "a perfect showpiece of rugby in the county" doubled up as a league game and the cup final as the clubs wanted to limit the loading on their players.
After last week's frustrating loss on the road at Bridgnorth, Kenilworth were keen to get back to winning ways.
While some have questioned whether the Warwickshire Cup has lost its importance, Kenilworth were clearly eager to lift the title for the first time in their history.
But it was not to be their day and within ten minutes the home side had conceded two soft tries leaving them trailing 0-12.
Kenilworth had to hit back quickly or face a long afternoon.
Having slowly now started to find some flow, the home side spurned a couple of try scoring chances with the final pass being put down.
Kenilworth did eventually trouble the score board, the ball was moved neatly wide for wing David Opoku Fordjour to set-up fellow wing Ben Harrison. Fly half Tyler Price adding the extras to make it 7-12.
On the 20 minute mark Kenilworth levelled the scores with Opoku-Fordjour using his pace and finishing skills to score wide on the left wing.
Now in need of their own tide-turning moment, the visitors worked their way up field and took advantage of a defensive moment of madness from the Kenilworth men, the Broadstreet twelve taking full advantage to score under the posts. Kick good, score 12-17.
Kenilworth edged the next ten minutes of the half with the majority of possession, though struggled to unlock the stout Broadstreet defence. The Blue and Gold scrum was showing signs of getting the better of the visitors', earning one or two penalties to help take the pressure off at times.
Perhaps against the run of play it was Broadstreet who scored next, pouncing on a Kenilworth fumble and finishing off clinically. Kick missed, score 12-22.
The final score of the half came through the boot of Kenilworth fly half Tyler Price who knocked over a penalty that came off the back of sustained pressure from the home side, and also earned a yellow for the Broadstreet player to boot.
The second half saw Kenilworth with the majority of possession and increasing influence from the dominant scrum.
The home side created two or three scoring opportunities however during the first period of the second half but unfortunately missed the opportunity to further close the gap on the visitors.
With the visitors looking tired now, Kenilworth earned themselves another penalty which was duly dispatched by Price leaving the score at 18-22 as the game entered the final quarter.
With eight minutes to go, Kenilworth played their best approach rugby to create half a chance for fullback Sam Peppitt; that's all the Loughborough student needed as he waltzed his way past three would-be tacklers to dot down under the posts. Tyler's conversion saw Kenilworth take the lead for the first time, 25-22.
This game now reminiscent of last week's at Bridgnorth, was it going to be Kenilworth's turn to have worked hard to claw-back the opposition from their early lead and win the encounter?
As Kens kicked to the corner aiming to put the game to bed the ball fell to Broadstreet who launched a counterattack back towards their own ten metre line.
Kenilworth gave away a penalty at the breakdown, the visitors kicked to the corner, showed good nerve to execute their phases and scored with the last play of the game.
The conversion took the final score to 25-27 for a Broadstreet win.