RUGBY UNION: ROWLAND Winter is director of rugby at Coventry Rugby Club.
In his latest column for the Coventry Observer, Winter reflects on a frustrating weekend in which his side’s game against promotion rivals Darlington was postponed.
SATURDAY was a frustrating one for us. The pitch was frozen and we were all ready for the big matchday – players and supporters.
It’s frustrating as you put the time and work in throughout the week only for the weather to intervene. We’ve had our eye on the game against Darlington for a few weeks and it was an opportunity to end their home record and extend our lead at the top of the league table.
It’s an anti-climax, we were on the bus at the Butts Park car park when we received the call.
We did everything we could to get it on – offered to travel at our cost and leave the decision until kick off.
We asked for a Sunday afternoon game too.
But none of those ideas were an option. The officials said it was unplayable and the game will have to be rearranged.
The next opportunity in on Saturday, February 24.
The positives of that is it’s further down the season and we would’ve played 20 games by then. But it does mean we’ll have a run of fixtures from January 6 until March without a gap.
Because of that we’ll have to rotate and rest the squad.
A deserved Christmas break
The boys have worked hard since June. They’ve put the graft in, and that’s clear from our first 14 games this season.
Christmas will be a good chance for the team to touch base with home – time they haven’t had much of this season.
The mood over Christmas will depend on our result this Saturday against Moseley.
They’ll be a tough challenge and provide a completely different test to our game against them in September.
Birmingham Moseley have a lot of new players and the club’s results have picked up in the last seven games or so. We expect it to be tough at their place.
It’ll be a classic festive derby.