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Coventry Bears bounce back with victory at South Wales Scorpions

Steve Carpenter 22nd Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEARS got their Kingstone Press League One season back on track thanks to 42-14 victory on the road at South Wales Scorpions on Sunday.

A second away win of the season pushes the Bears up to ninth in the table having played 11 games so far in their first full season as a semi-professional outfit.

The hosts got their noses in front early on with two tries through Yannic Parker but on 12 minutes the Bears woke up.

Billy Sheen picked up a good pass from Dan Parker to go in under the posts while Stephen Coleman converted to make it 10-6.

And soon after Richie Hughes added another as he forced his way over from close range with Coleman adding the extras to take the Bears into the lead.

The Bears looked to be gaining momentum as Jamahl Hunte scored in the corner and on 34 minutes the lead was extended further when Billy Sheen scored again after a great break from Chris Barrett and Coleman converted the extras to put the Bears 12 points ahead.

The scoreline stretched to 26-10 at the mid-way stage thanks to Tom Hall who cruised through the line to add to the Scorpions woe.

The second half proved to be a much scrappier affair as the Scorpions’ ill discipline got the better of them with a player yellow card early on.

On 65 minutes prop forward Kenny Kelliher charged over on the left and although the conversion attempt was missed, the Bears had moved 30-10 ahead.

Scorpions scored a third try against the run of play thanks to Andy Joy but any hopes of a dramatic comeback were ended when home player Brad Hill was red-carded for a double infringement.

And the Bears took advantage as prop Jack Francis charged over before Morgan Evans beat three players to score on the left. Dan Parker was successful with both conversions to wrap up a comfortable win for the Bears.

“It was good to get our second away win,” said Bears head coach Tom Tsang.

“It was a scrappy performance but much improved once we got into our grove and our middle unit dominated and gave us great go forward.

“We finished some good tries but now need to keep our momentum and back this up with a strong performance next week against Oxford.”

This Saturday Bears are on the road again when they travel to Oxford while the club’s reserve side are also in action against Oxford Cavaliers at the same venue.

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