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Old Eds send KCs tumbling to defeat
10:56am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sportsview
Nuneaton OEs 42 Kidderminster Carolians 19 A strangely subdued KCs were comprehensively beaten by a well organised Nuneaton side who, on the day, were better in all departments and thoroughly deserved their Midlands Two West (South) bonus-point win.
The visitors put themselves under pressure from the start when they dropped OEs kick-off to concede a scrum and the hosts went ahead in the third minute with a simple penalty by their scrum-half after KCs backs were caught offside in front of their posts.
Centre Laurence Hughes then charged down a clearance kick but OEs were first to the loose ball and were able to clear their lines.
The hosts then appeared to come in from the side at a ruck to secure the ball and they used the possession to good effect to score a converted try under the posts.
Two minutes later a combination of good handling and questionable tackling enabled their left winger to go over in the corner for a 15-0 lead in the 15th-minute. Nuneaton looked likely to score from a free kick in KCs 22 but a Nick Martin interception saved the day.
The visitors then lost fly-half George Morgan was forced off with a rib injury.
Veteran scrum-half Mark James came on with Chris Pinner moving to stand-off.
A KCs tackle which was deemed dangerous allowed the hosts’ scrum-half to rack up another three points but with 35 minutes played KCs at last got on the board thanks to some quick thinking by Pinner. His tap penalty caught Nuneaton napping and he put flanker Rob Phillips in for a much needed try. Pinner’s conversion reduced the deficit to 18-7.
However, there was still time before the break for OEs left winger to cross again and extend their interval advantage.
KCs of a comeback were raised five minutes into the second period hopes were raised when Tom Maher was driven over from a line-out. But they were quickly dashed as Nuneaton replied with two tries.
Midway through the half OEs’ prop was yellow carded and KCs took advantage when Alex Baldwin crashed over from another quickly taken penalty and Pinner added the extras. Nuneaton, however, had the last word when their solid scrum produced good ball for their backs to run in a sixth try.
A second yellow card for the hosts came too late and Carolians quest for a four-try bonus point ended when they knocked on at the final whistle.
KCs will be looking to get back on track on Saturday when they host Stafford in the Intermediate Cup.
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