8th Apr, 2020

Coventry bounce back from Blackheath loss to comfortably beat Bishop's Stortford

RUGBY UNION: COVENTRY head coach Nick Walshe was delighted to see his side back to winning form on Saturday as they defeated Bishop’s Stortford 36-10.

After suffering their first defeat of the season to Blackheath in their previous away fixture, Walshe’s men were keen to correct the wrong to right.

And they did just that in convincing style to stretch their National League One lead to 15 points, well clear of second placed Darlington.

Tries from Trimble, Knox, Stokes, Dacres and Tolmie guided Coventry to a bonus point win against their mid-table opponents, and Walshe was delighted to see Coventry return to winning form.

He said: “The reaction from our loss to Blackheath has been brilliant.

“It’s been about learning from what happened in that game and making sure we reacted the right way, and we have done.

“The boys were outstanding, and now we’ve got to keep it going.

“There’s no point having this one game away from home and then not backing it up.

“We’ve still got eleven games to go, we’ve got to go from week to week and keep backing up each performance.

“It was always in our own hands, even after Blackheath, and we’ve just got to keep working as hard as we can to make sure we do not have another performance like that one.”

Playing with the advantage of a stiff wind, Coventry weathered a lively start from the home side before opening up a 26-3 lead at half time.

“We prepared really well in the week, especially on Thursday, and we had a game plan,” said Walshe.

“We’ve come away to a ground where these guys have been really competitive, they’ve had some good wins and top sides have struggled and haven’t blown them away.

“But we’ve done that – we were really clinical, I’m very pleased with that.

“We wanted to not concede, but six tries to one and a bonus point win in greasy conditions is outstanding and we can’t be that arrogant to think we are going to come to places like this and not give away a try.”

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