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Your News Birmingham & Solihull 6 Coventry 21

Saturday 14th November

Open and pretty, this was never going to be one of those occasions. The team and coaches knew and believed that it was the result which mattered above all else and in that respect there was never the remotest doubt there would be any other outcome.

In appalling conditions which did little to help either side, it was Coventry who always looked in command, even if some of their efforts again fell down due to errors creeping in at the wrong moment. The cornerstone of the victory was a fine performance by the forwards, notably in the set scrums where the hosts had little answer, their cause not being helped by a yellow card handed out to experienced lock forward, Davidson at a critical time in the second half.

Birmingham and Solihull, who tackled and harried bravely throughout, could not have had a crueller start losing head player coach, Earnshaw within two minutes with a dislocated shoulder. At that point Joey Carlisle landed his first penalty to gain a lead Cov were never to lose. A Carlisle chip eight minutes later almost put Romain Plantey in at the corner, before another Carlisle penalty on 13 minutes from 25 metres put Coventry 6-0 clear. The Blue and Whites, playing their change kit then lost Ben Russell with a cut to his head.

Bees hit back, a first entry into the Cov 22 ending with Hunt slotting a penalty into the strong wind. Already though there was ample evidence of Coventry supremacy in the set scrums and that domination paid off after 25 minutes. After the first scrum close in almost saw the home side pushed back over their own line, from the reset Birmingham and Solihull infringed again, referee Kitt ruling the back row had broken binding before awarding a penalty try converted by Joey Carlisle. The on loan fly half landed another penalty almost immediately for not releasing, Hunt for the Bees kicking his second penalty in injury time.

16-6 at the break but with Coventry destined to face the elements and with skipper, Jamie Miller off the field with a knock to his ribs. The match situation might just have been different had Hunt not fluffed badly two penalty attempts within 7 minutes of the second half getting underway, Davidson then receiving his yellow for elbowing Romain Plantey.

On 51 minutes however came Cov’s second try, the beginnings having a bizarre twist. Home full back, Hunt in attempting to clear was forced backwards after Ollie Winter had only just been held, Hunt’s attempted clearance going over his head for Fangatapu Apikotoa to just reach it before it went dead. The Carlisle conversion attempt into the wind sailed just wide.

By now pressure was really all one way with Cov however not able to find another route through. Bees themselves applied late pressure but it never really looked like paying dividends as Coventry held on for a comfortable win and four priceless points. Not pretty but job most certainly done.

Written by John Butler

Coventry. Ben Russell, James Lewis, Phil Mackenzie, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Romain Plantey, Joey Carlisle, Mike Walls, Scott Roberts, Ross McMillan, Jamie Hall, Arthur Brenton, Louis McGowan, Henno Venter, Richie Bignell, Jamie Miller (Capt)

Replacements; Kevin Davis for Roberts, Rob Dugard for Hall, Ben Dechartres for McGowan, Ollie Winter for Russell, Chris Lewis for Apikotoa, Sam Herrington for Miller.

Coventry. Tries; Fangatapu Apikotoa, Penalty try. Conversion; Joey Carlisle 1. Penalty goals; Carlisle 3

Birmingham and Solihull. Penalty goals; Simon Hunt 2

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