Kenilworth U14 5 Nuneaton U14 33
By Leah Hoebee
Hat Trick hay day for Nuns at Glasshouse Lane.
Max Exton bagged himself 3 as Nuns got their third win on the bounce on Sunday, this time on the road dispatching Kenilworth in style in round 2 of the Warwickshire cup.
Nuns made a solid start and immediately put the home defence under the cosh as the forwards linked well with the backline to make ground, a clean line break in midfield by centre Thomas Bishop was brought to a halt by the covering defence but speedy recycling meant they could do nothing to stop supporting No 8 Max Exton from 15 meters as he dragged two would be tacklers over the line with him for his first. Harry Hoebee improved the score with his conversion from wide out. 7-0
Nuns line speed was causing the Kenilworth’s attack problems and when Tom Bishop made an bone crunching tackle on his opposite number just outside Kenilworth 10 meter line. The visitors pounced on the loose ball and moved it out to the left through Tom Sumner who found the ever present Exton in support to bulldoze his way over for his second, Hoebee’s conversion unsuccessful this time.
12-0 Kenilworth settled into the game a little and enjoyed a good 10 minute spell of possession in Nuns territory after a superb break blind by their right wing relieved the pressure. However after several forays into Nuns 22 the home side were unable to break through the visitors dogged defence. The stiff breeze made a clean exit unlikely so Nuns showed some great composure from a clean line out as fly half Josh Frew-Smith decided to run the ball out, beating the first defender on the 22 he drew the second before slipping a superb off load to Skipper Sumner who out sprinted the Kenilworth cover for 75 meters for a wonderful try between the sticks which Hoebee had no difficulty converting giving Nuns a 19 point lead.
19-0 Hoebee was soon back in the action as from the restart Charlie Bell gathered nicely and fed the oncoming openside who beat a rushing defender to run in under the posts, duly converting as Nuns had a 26 point lead at the break.
26-0 an ill disciplined second half by Nuns allowed the home side plenty of possession and field position to work with. A misunderstanding of the tackle and ruck laws meant Hoebee and the official were getting frustrated at the breakdown, after the 5th time of coming off his feet at the ruck the ref had no choice but to give him a yellow card and a 5 minute cool off.
Kenilworth made the most of their numerical advantage and were soon on the score sheet with a well worked try that went unconverted. 26-5
The half ebbed and flowed as nuns awesome defensive work was undone by poor and often illegal rucking making any kind of continuity difficult for both teams. It was nuns, however, who had the last word, and who else but Exton after prolonged pressure in Kenilworth 22 saw him finish as he started with a great pick up from the base and beating the defenders to the line. Hoebee potted the simple conversion giving Nuns a convincing win away from Home.
33- 5, Man of the Match was awarded to Tom Bishop who came in for the injured Court, his strong running and defensive work causing real problems for Kenilworth all day. It would be unfair not to give mention to Nuns pack, a powerhouse of an engine room with Bray, Kharman, Gray, Carol and Rourke proving they are a force to be reckoned with and the back row of Bell, Hoebee and Exton soaking up the challenge and freedom of the loose forward.
Kyle Woodward had a great day at 9 his decision making a delivery allowing Nuns backs the space they needed to operate. A real testament to the spirit of this groups is that all 3 injured players, Court, Noon and Masser we on the line to support their Team.
Match day report: Nick Bishop.