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Kenilworth come a cropper in cup; RUGBY UNION: Spotlight on the latest Midland League action.

KENILWORTH tumbled at the first stage of the Warwickshire Cup, tamed 21-17 by Sutton Coldfield in a see-saw duel at the Roger Smoldon Ground The Midlands One outfit made the early running, precise tactical kicking by fly-half Alan Rowlands proving invaluable on a wild and windy afternoon.

No.8 Hesy Fakatou punished some sloppy defending to snap up an early try, a brace of Rowlands penalties made it 11-0 and a pushover try gave them a commanding lead at the interval.

But the visitors responded to a half-time blast from Mat Davies, Tristan Wati rounding off a powerful forwards drive before some slick passing set up Adrian Hales for a sprint to the posts - Aleks Stanojevic's conversion slashing the deficit to 16-12.

Sutton looked vulnerable as Mike Rust, Seb Assefuah and Spencer Brown produced threatening assaults and Kenilworth nosed in front when Wati's tireless work yielded a second try.

But that prompted a furious result from the home side's muscular pack and although Kenilworth threw on fresh legs, including Davies himself, persistent home pressure paid off with another pushover try just before the final whistle.

Earlsdon absorbed a splendid hat-trick by Silhillians' jet-heeled winger Nic Powell to ease into the second round of the Warwickshire Cup.

His first two tries, the first converted, sandwiched an Earlsdon purple patch that saw fly-half Chris Scott upgrade his own barnstorming try but drop his kick a metre short when full-back Rhys Roberts crossed in the corner.

All-square at the break, Earlsdon regained their lead when Roberts steered home a cool drop-goal.

But Powell then sprinted through to log his third try and the visitors seemed to be running out of inspiration until No.8 Chris Zutic fielded a clearance and outpaced the Silhillians cover to grab the winner 15 minutes from time.

RUGBY St Andrews reached the Midlands quarter-finals of the EDF Senior Vase with a 45-0 flourish against Southam.

The visitors were missing nine first XV regulars and, while Saints were also far from full strength, they cruised into a 23-0 interval lead and maintained that momentum against the elements. A penalty try supplemented scores by Mark Brightwell (2), skipper Karl Chaplow (2), Kallum Goodfellow and Gary Fletcher, Brightwell chipping in with a conversion while Fletcher kicked a conversion and two penalties.

Old Leamingtonians caved in after a competitive first half-hour to suffer a 36-10 defeat against Burntwood.

OLs drew first blood with a welltaken penalty by Adam Canning and later hauled themselves level at 10-10 when Canning cleverly created a try from Paul Salvin and added the extra points.

It looked anybody's game at that stage, but OLs' tactics and technique suddenly deserted them and the visitors took ruthless advantage by running in four more tries.

COVENTRY Welsh saw off a tenacious Tenbury side 29-13 to claim their place in the next phase of the Midlands Junior Vase.

Trailing 10-3 despite Luke Horan's early penalty, Welsh levelled at the interval when Matt Carrier ploughed through for a converted try. And they dominated the second period, good handling moves setting up touchdowns for Simon Stubbs, Chris Neal and Chris Holman - Horan converting all three before rounding off his personal contribution with another penalty.

Coventrians were eliminated 3-0 by Wellingborough Old Grammarians, an early penalty proving the all-important score in a tense battle at a dark and stormy Black Pad.

OLD Coventrians Colts will face Burton or Stourbridge in the fourth round of the National Colts Cup after ousting Worcester Wanderers 13-5 - tries from skipper Jordan Distin and Under-17 prop Andy Greer sandwiching a Luke Lowe penalty.

The Midlands Under-18 selectors have named a revised party for this weekend's training session which is designed to produce a fi-nal squad for the annual Divisional Festival at Leeds in the New Year. The 30 players involved at Loughborough Grammar School on Sunday include Warwickshire duo George Hardy (Warwick School) and Rob Smith (Old Leamingtonians).

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 25, 2009
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