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Your News Coventry 57 Heriotís RC 12 Written by John Butler
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NOV

Friday 27th November 2009

Just what was needed! Freed of the rigours of the Championship, Coventry took it out on visitors Heriotís in a big way, a try count of 9-2 emphasising a very big gulf in class and expertise.

It was an evening the home players, coaches and supporters clearly enjoyed and rightly so. Heriotís had travelled down from Edinburgh clearly believing, having held an under strength Nottingham side to a narrow margin a week earlier in the British and Irish Cup, they were in with a realistic chance of surprising Cov. Any such thoughts were soon dispelled as the Butts Park men, playing in their refdand white strip built an unassailable 38-0 lead by the break. Game effectively over.

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To their credit Heriotís did come out after the break with an intent that they were not simply going to lie down and with Cov appearing to go off the boil slightly for a period, the contest briefly did become a little more even.

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Heriotís had simply no answer all evening to the power of the Coventry pack, the forwards dominating every phase, notably the set scrums and driving mauls. There were a number of key and awesome performances up front led by skipper Arthur Brenton, the forwards really looking as if they did believe in themselves as a unit. Mike Walls, enjoying a base and platform rarely available appeared to enjoy himself immensely, the powerful running of Phil Mackenzie also causing the Scots many problems.

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6 tries to the good at the break, the first coming as early as the 4th minute as Cov began their rampage. Simon Frewin with his maiden club try set the tone after the alert Walls took a quick tap penalty, others following from the powerful Scott Roberts (2),fly half James Thomas, also a maiden touchdown in an impressive first half performance, Henno Venter, how good to see the forwards executing a 5 metre push over and Phil Mackenzie, with Thomas adding four conversions, several of them from difficult angles. It could easily have been more, Will Hurrell with the line at his mercy knocking on as Heriotís took fully 20 minutes to enter home Ďí22íí.

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After half time, Heriotís did at least come in to the picture a little, centre McCall taking advantage of some easing off on 45 minutes to steal away for an unconverted try, whilst Sam Herrington received yellow at the same moment for a dangerous tackle. Indeed very late on flanker David Askew, who overall enjoyed a very impressive full debut, also spent time on the sidelines following a professional foul. Overall though, although not running in the tries with quite the same regularity, Cov still managed three more through Ollie Winter after a fine build up, Rob Dugard after a great 25 metre driving maul and finally Louis McGowan. Joey Carlisle, on as a second half replacement converted two.

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Heriotís did actually have the final say, replacement scrum half Tran scoring their second try from a quickly taken tap penalty with Goudie converting. It could not however hide what overall was a very big gap in standard between a Championship side and Scottish Premier One team. Cov though at the conclusion had every reason to feel pleased with a very good nights work and hopefully also a real morale booster.

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Coventry. Ollie Winter, Simon Frewin, James Lewis, Phil Mackenzie, Will Hurrell, James Thomas, Mike Walls, Scott Roberts, Ross Mc Millan, Jamie Hall, Arthur Brenton (Capt), Louis Mc Gowan, Sam Herrington, David Askew, Henno Venter.

Replacements; Jo Merrigan for Mc Millan, Kevin Davis for Roberts, Rob Dugard for Hall, Benji Dechartres for Brenton, Drew Locke for Ollie Winter, Ollie Grove for Mackenzie.

Coventry; Tries; Scott Roberts 2, Simon Frewin, James Thomas, Henno Venter, Phil Mackenzie, Ollie Winter, Rob Dugard, Louis McGowan.

Conversions; Thomes 4, Joey Carlisle 2

Heriotís. Tries; David Mc Call, Richard Tran. Conversion; Colin Goudie

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