September 28th, 2016

Coventry get back to winning ways at home to Loughborough Students

A RUN of three sraight defeats in National League One came to a welcome end for Coventry after they beat Loughborough Students 37-12 at ther Butts Park Arena on Saturday.

The sticky conditions refused to deter Coventry who played an attacking brand of rugby and more than deserved their valuable bonus point.

Despite making a positive start, Coventry foundselves behind in the 13th minute when a Loughborough turnover led to a well-worked unconverted try for Wil Edwards.

However it did not take long for the hosts get their noses in front thanks to a Peter Weightman try which was converted by Cliffie Hodgson and a second try followed on 28 minutes courtesy of Alex Woodburn.

The hosts were on top and their efforts were rewarded with a third try. After turning down a simple three points, Coventry opted to kick the ball into touch and the line-out led to Devlin Hope crossing and Hodgson added the extras for a 19-5 lead.

Hodgson added to the lead two minutes after the break with a penalty and the result was all but put beyond any doubt when Jacques Le Roux scored Coventry’s fourth try of the match from close range to secure a bonus point for the Scott Morgan’s side.

Coventry’s efforts were rewarded with one final try which was scored by Weightman who made the most of some excellent work by the Coventry forwards and Hodgson this time was successful with the conversion.

Matt MacPherson crossed to score a late try for the visitors, which was converted by Tom James, but Coventry had the last say through Hodgson who scored his second penalty of the match on 82 minutes to wrap up a comfortable win.

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