TRIES from Joe Buckle and Max Trimble guided Coventry to a third win of the season against visitors Doncaster Knights on Saturday.
The 18-6 result pushed Rowland Winter’s side up to third in the RFU Championship, putting them in good stead ahead of Sunday’s trip to leaders Newcastle (3pm).
Sam Oliver kicked visitors Doncaster into the lead with a fourth-minute penalty, but crucially missed a second attempt from long range, while Coventry’s Rory Jennings also squandered the chance to level the game with a kick of his own.
Coventry rallied and eventually put points on the board with the first try of the afternoon. It came as a result of a lineout in which Buckle was put through to score in the corner on his first league start.
The hosts found dominance in the scrum and won a series of penalties, one of which was kicked between the posts by Will Maisey.
Oliver then kicked a penalty of his own in response, reducing the deficit to two points before the break.
Doncaster were given some extra incentive after the restart as a result, playing some good rugby but failing to find their way to the try line.
Jennings planted a long-range penalty over the posts to ease some pressure on the hosts, before Trimble extended the lead agains with a try following a kick in behind the Knights defence from White.
The Coventry rearguard stepped up to the plate to keep out the Knights and prevent any chink in their armour as more well-earned points were secured.