Southam 55 - 17 Kenilworth
Southam do President Tim Perkin proud
This was a must win match for Southam to stay in the league and the Southam lads were up for it, coming away with a defining team victory and with lots of outstanding performances, leading to more than than half the team being considered for Man of the Match.
In front of a large crowd attending Tim Perkin's President's lunch and with the sun on their backs, Southam started brightly and soon put on some pressure to secure an easy penalty on the 22 for captain Will Grindal for kicking through at the ruck.
Soon after the restart Kenilworth cleared and wing Sam Bench collected on the Southam 10m stepped the first defender, then accelerated outside along the touchline, beating the defence and cutting back for a try under the posts, converted by Grindal. Kenilworth started to get back into the game and after 20 minutes, kicked a penalty deep into the Southam 22 and from the lineout rolled and drove and got a bit of luck as Southam stripped the ball, it fell loose and the Kenilworth centre picked up for an easy try. 5 minutes later fly half Tom Grimes cleared deep to the Kenilworth full back, he rounded a weak Southam kick chase and weaved through the Southam forwards and into the Southam 22, Grimes stopped him, but he laid off in the tackle for a soft try. Southam upped their game and finished the half stronger, centre Harry Hewson picked up scrappy ball on the halfway, skipped across pitch and put a long pass out to Bench, with seemingly no space, he broke two tackles and then stepped the last man for another try under the posts, converted by Grindal. Southam were awarded a penalty from the restart, for the Kenilworth No.6 sliding in studs up as Bench went over, Grindal took the penalty from the halfway and added another 3 points. As the half finished Kenilworth lost the ref and lost a player for mouth, Grindal had another attempt from 55m and this just fell short. From the dropout, wing Joe Tresenden broke back from the halfway into the Kenilworth 22, drew the defence and fed Grindal, Grindal made a show and go, accelerated through the gap for the try, which he then converted to give his team a convincing lead at half time.
HT 27 - 10
Kenilworth came back hard at the start of the second half and Southam defended strongly for 15 minutes, they broke out through Bench, who made it up to the halfway, where another Kenilworth player was yellow carded for mouth. Southam got down into Kenilworth 22 from a penalty and from the lineout drove in the centre, the ball was lost, but quick thinking Grimes was up fast and intercepted the Kenilworth full back and crashed over for the bonus point try, converted by Grindal. 26 minutes in, Kenilworth put in some good phases to get their only points of the half as the drove and recycled from a 5m lineout and over for a converted try. 4 minutes later Tresenden appeared off his opposite wing, coming around from behind at outside centre and finding open ground all the way through for a try under the posts, converted by Grindal. As the half closed, the ball came free on the halfway and Tresenden hacked it on up to the Kenilworth line, the ball just would not sit up for Tresenden and good support from wing forward Elliot Cook secured it the floor as it ran loose. Southam regrouped and drove on, Grindal crashed and was stopped on the line, Southam recycled and hooker Sam Deeming was driven over for a well deserved forwards try, converted by Grindal.
FT 55 - 17
After the previous weeks lacklustre performance, Southam came back with an emphatic response with their 2nd highest total of the season against 3rd placed Kenilworth. This puts them in a good position for staying up, but to be absolutely sure they need a win in next weeks final game, home against Barkers Butts.
Man of the Match had a lot contenders, but captain Will Grindal takes it with an 25 point individual haul.
Next weeks fixtures:-
Saturday April 21st 1st XV - home v Barkers Butts KO 3pm
Also the final Dinosaurs Day of the season from 1pm
Sunday April 22nd - 2nds v Lutterworth 2nds at Rugby Lions in Cromwell Cup final KO 2.15pm