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Your News Coventry 31 - Newbury 7

Put quite simply, for the second week running, Coventry successfully achieved what they set out to do, record an important home win against a side below them in the Division and achieve a bonus point.

Having said that much, what cannot be disputed however is that again after so much dominance over a pretty ordinary side the margin in victory should have been so much greater. Newbury, a young side largely restructured during the close season frankly in the first half were very poor and by half time Cov in reality should have been all but out of sight.

To their credit the Berkshire outfit did show a little more resolve in the second half, what in fact could never be questioned was their defence, but overall it was game which overall Coventry in terms of position and possession dominated for 80 to 85 % of the time.

Why then was the margin of 14 – 0 at half time and still only 19 –7 after some 60 minutes ? Much of that could be attributed to Cov almost trying too hard with an over abundance of possession to break down stubborn but limited opponents. Far too many errors crept in to the extent that at one point it was some half an hour before the blue and whites were able to add to their first half lead. Post match, forwards coach Dave Addleton homed in on the possession factor whilst also agreeing that possibly another five tries scored would not have been out of context in relation to the overall match.

What was indeed re assuring amidst all that welter of possession was the improvement again showed in the line out play, whilst in the set pieces the Coventry eight proved right from the outset they were going to give their Newbury counterparts a pretty tough ride in that area.

Coventry got away to a positive start for after Myles Dorrian was short into the strong wind with an early 40 metre penalty attempt, Newbury were constantly pegged back and under continual pressure. The inevitable score finally came on 15 minutes, the assured Dorrian slicing through for try number one which he converted with ease.

Pressure on the ‘’ Berkshire Blues’’ continued unabated and after 24 minutes with Dorrian again in the build up, but this time twice, Donovan Sanders shot over for his third try in consecutive matches, Dorrian once more converting. Were the floodgates about to open ?

The trueful answer is they never really looked like doing so as Newbury continued to successfully thwart with dogged defence and Cov became increasingly frustrated. Finally on 65 minutes, Jamie Miller crashed over in the left hand corner, Dorrian missing the conversion, before three minutes later in one of their rare attacking sorties, Newbury hit back. Centre Hylton it was who crossed after replacement fly half Stevenson had cut straight through, Stevenson converting from wide out.

Coventry though were in no mood to concede further, Dorrian again and replacement Ben Pons for his maiden club try both crossing, Dorrian converting the first And as Rugby Director Phil Maynard commented finally, ‘’ and so on to Rotherham’’.

Coventry. Tries;Myles Dorrian 2, Donovan Sanders, Jamie Miller, Ben Pons. Conversions; Dorrian 3.

Newbury. Try; Jonny Hylton. Conversion; Ben Stevenson.

Coventry.Ben Russell, Kurt Johnson, George Dixon, Donovan Sanders, Ollie Winter, MylesDorrian, Nathan Jones, Laurence Overs, Chris Whitehead, Rob Dugard, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Henno Venter (Capt), Jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone

Replacements; Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, David Lyons for Herrington, Ben Pons for Miller, Greg Thomas for McGlone, Laurence Sanderson for Dugard, Tommy Hayes for Dorrian, Mike Walls for Jones.

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