19th Oct, 2017

Coventry Bears taste heavy defeat in Oldham

Coventry Editorial 11th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEARS head coach Tom Tsang admits his side were punished for making too many mistakes after finding themselves receiving end of a 46-6 defeat at Oldham Roughyeds in Round Three of the Challenge Cup.

For the second week in a row the Bears travelled to the Whitebank Stadium and suffered another heavy defeat with Oldham taking full advantage of a number of errors.

The hosts led 26-0 at the half-way stage and a Matt Cooper try early in the second half, which was converted by Stephen Coleman, renewed hope of a fightback.

But Oldham went on to score another 20 points to claim a comfortable win and progress in the competition.

“I thought similar to last week we went for long periods where we matched Oldham set for set, but any little mistake we made they made us pay.” said Tsang.

“They have a very strong pack who all know their role very well.

“I’m disappointed though as we didn’t help ourselves with our discipline and although Oldham deserved the win, at times we made it easy for them with sloppy unforced errors.

“We now have a few weeks off before the start of the league so will be working hard to make sure we learn from the last two games against a very good side.”

Bears will now prepare for their first fixture in the Kingstone Press League One at home to Oxford on April 3.

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