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Your News Rotherham 28 - Coventry 27

A very unsatisfactory result for Coventry, despite scoring 3 excellent tries at a rather dank Clifton Road. Not for the first time this season, Coventry have only themselves to blame, with too many unforced errors in turnovers and penalties conceded.

An early 1pm kickoff, before a sparse crowd, saw Coventry playing against a strong crosswind in the first half. After just 2 minutes Kurt Johnson was penalised for not releasing the ball, an afternoon he would rather forget, as it occurred a further 4 times to him. Tom Barlow kicked the resulting 35m penalty for an early Rotherham 3 point lead. Matters soon became worse as an unforced turnover led to pressure on the Cov line, as the ball was finally moved outside, Gregor Hayter was on hand to score in the corner. Another excellent kick by Barlow gave Rotherham a 10 point lead after just 6 minutes.

Yet Cov immediately fought back on 8 minutes, as the home side were penalised just inside their own half, Nathan Jones took a quick tap penalty, raced 25m through not existent tackling, allowing Donovan Sanders to cross close to the posts. Myles Dorrian kicked the conversion to make the score Rotherham 10 Coventry 7.

Despite an 30m break by Jamie Miller, a penalty was awarded to Rotherham just inside their own half. With the advantage of the wind Barlow kicked the 52m penalty making the score 13- 7 to Rotherham. Almost immediately Cov fought back with scrum pressure on the Rotherham line, resulting in Dorrian kicking a penalty after 13 minutes to close the gap to 3 points.

Coventry had to withstand home pressure, with a let off as Rotherham dropped the ball over the line. Yet Rotherham were not to be denied, after 2 long runs from the impressive Jon Skurr, one chance was finally finished off by Mike Whitehead. Barlow converted again to make the score Rotherham 20 Coventry 10. A Dugard break almost led to a Cov try, but the resulting penalty by Dorrian made the score 13 to Cov. The half finished in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, as Dugard went over the top in front of his posts, and Rotherham took great exception to this. After lengthy discussions with the officials, Coventry received the penalty, with Dugard yellow carded for the original offence, but Rotherham also had Brad Hunt and Hayter yellow carded for retaliation. This finished the first half with the score Rotherham 20 Coventry 13, still anyone's game.

The 2nd half saw Coventry with the benefit of the strong wind, as well as a one man advantage. An excellent break by Ben Russell led to continual pressure on the home line. Eventually a close in scrum allowed Laurie McGlone to break away and force himself over by the posts, for Dorrian to convert again, making the score 20 points each.

Once again a penalty for not releasing, led to intense Rotherham pressure on the Cov line, and poor tackling allowed the illusive Jon Feeley to scoot over in the corner. For once Barlow missed the kick, giving Rotherham a 25 to 20 point lead approaching the final quarter.

Coventry were now seeing plenty of possession and running it from all areas of the ground. A searing 40m break by George Dixon after 64 minutes led to another excellent try by Sanders, again converted by Dorrian to give Cov the lead for the first time at 27 points to 25.

With the game continuing to ebb and flow Rotherham finally got their nose again with 6 minutes to go with another penalty kicked by Barlow. Coventry tried everything to run in a try and deep in injury time a Dorrian penalty from 48 m narrowly drifted wide. On 86 minutes Kurt failed to pick up a scoring pass which really summed up his afternoon.

Final score Rotherham 28 Coventry 27.

Firstly praise to Henno Venter for his 100th appearance, Rudi Brits for his return to action in the 2nd half, and Ben Russell for his MotM performance, especially in attack.

The losing bonus point was a disappointing result, in a game, that was there for the taking. Wrong options and unenforced errors contributed to the team's downfall. The somewhat angry and glum faces of the coaching team said it all.

Coventry. Tries; Donovan Sanders 2, Laurie McGlone.

Conversions; Myles Dorrian 3.

Penalties; Dorrian 2.

Rotherham. Tries; Gregor Hayter, Mike Whitehead, Jon Feeley.

Conversions; Tom Barlow 2.

Penalties; Tom Barlow 3.

Coventry. Ben Russell, Kurt Johnson, George Dixon, Donovan Sanders, Oliver Winter, Myles Dorrian, Nathan Jones, Laurence Ovens, Chris Whitehead, Rob Dugard, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Henno Venter, jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone.

Replacements. Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, Laurence Sanderson for Ovens, Rudi Brits for Dugard, Michael Walls for Nathan Jones, Tommy Hayes for Johnson, Gregor Thomas for Venter, David Lyons for Sam Herrington.

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