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Coventry 11 Leeds Carnegie 15

Written by John Butler

Monday, 16 February 2009

Regular attendees to the Butts Park Arena are not being disappointed. First there was Doncaster and now Leeds. True, the unbeaten leaders now have 22 straight league wins under their belt, but they surely cannot have been given a bigger fright than this one.

On a heavy pitch which was a great leveller, Coventry’s "22" were truly magnificent in producing quite simply their performance of the season. After conceding 8 points in the opening seven minutes, Cov spectators could have been forgiven for thinking, ah well they are the league leaders, so maybe damage limitation is what we are looking at!

Banishing away any such thoughts or ideas , the Coventry squad stuck manfully to their task and by half time were still very much in touch at 6pts – 15.

Nobody however could have predicted however what was to follow.

Put quite simply, Cov must have dominated 90 % of the second half as they tore into Leeds in a fashion which totally delighted the home crowd, but which also made the visitors look a pretty ordinary side and a very relieved one at the final whistle. Given the lift of a try from Jaguar man of the match Mike Walls on 49 minutes, Cov did absolutely everything other than one critical point and that was to seal what would have been a fully merited and deserved victory. Yet, despite that ultimate disappointment, the home crowd loved it.

Early signs however were not promising, for after Chris Whitehead had made a telling midfield burst, it was Leeds applying early pressure who moved in front. There was though an element of self destruct in the lead up to the opening score, a knock on and penalty given away leading to Leeds kicking to the corner. From there a forwards drive saw the ball released for Blackett to squeeze in at the corner. Di Bernado missed the conversion, but a successful penalty shortly afterwards put his side 8 points clear. Not good at this point if you happened to be a Cov supporter.

Myles Dorrian then pulled back three points with a head on penalty after good driving forward play saw Leeds infringe at the ensuing ruck.

After Carl Burgess had received a strong lecture from the referee, Leeds moved further in front on 24 minutes, flanker Rowan storming in for try number two converted by Di Bernado. Little did we know at that point it was to prove to be the leaders last score of the match.

Shortly before half time visiting captain Mac Donald received a yellow card as Leeds cynically killed the ball at a ruck leaving Myles Dorrian with a similar kick to his earlier attempt, although Cov were still grateful to go in only 9 points down at the break after Ollie Winter was penalised in injury time from which the visitors failed to capitalise on.

What was to follow however was arguably the best 40 minutes a Coventry squad have produced so far at the Butts Park Arena. Right from the word go, they simply tore into the Leeds side and after Mike Walls, in for the injured Nathan Jones had come mighty close, the scrum half was not to be denied as he darted over from a close in penalty. Unfortunately Dorrian’s conversion attempt sliced wide.

It was a prelude however to a quite superb second half which saw Leeds never once reach the home ‘’22’’.

As Cov battled with increasing confidence, Dorrian was just wide with a 37 metre penalty attempt on 70 minutes and then four minutes later Laurie Mc Glone lost possession with a clear overlap begging as the Blue and Whites launched yet another raid. Still more pressure was piled on the visitors, in injury time Dorrian breaking superbly into the 22 before desperate defence pulled him down, George Dixon, who’s work rate in common with the rest of his colleagues had been impressive throughout also breaking superbly.

There is not the slightest doubt on hearing the referee’s final whistle Leeds were more than a little relieved. Sure,they had beaten Cov on two previous occasions this season, but they were mighty close to losing this one and their long unbeaten record. Yes there was home disappointment, but also a lot of pride in what the squad had achieved. A losing bonus point was the very least they deserved, only Exeter had achieved that against the Yorkshire side this season.

Coventry. Ben Russell, Kurt Johnson, George Dixon, Donovan Sanders, Ollie Winter, Myles Dorrian, Mike Walls, Rob Dugard, Chris Whitehead, Rudi Brits, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Henno Venter (Capt), Jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone

Replacements; David Lyons for Herrington, Ollie Atkinson for Burgess, Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, Ricky Whitehall for Brits, Tommy Hayes for Sanders, Darren Clayton for Miller, Tom Slater for Johnson.

Coventry. Try; Mike Walls. Penalty goals; Myles Dorrian 2

Leeds Carnegie. Tries; Leigh Blackett, Jacob Rowan. Conversion; Alberto DiBernado, Penalty goal; DiBernado

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