22nd Nov, 2018

Fylde thrashing boosts Coventry's promotion hopes further

RUGBY UNION: PROMOTION to the Championship is looking all the more likely after Coventry Rugby defeated bottom club Fylde 47-3 at the Butts Park Arena.

Nick Walshe’s men lead the National League Division One by a huge 16 points with ten games left to play.

Saturday’s win wasn’t as easy as the result suggests though.

Coventry scored a huge 33 points in the final 20 minutes to earn a 44 point win, and it was the first of the late tries that Nick Walshe believes inspired his side to another bonus point win.

“The second penalty try was crucial,” said Walshe.

“It settled us down and gave us that little bit of a buffer going into half-time when we talked about keeping the ball more in hand and making headway.

“In the first half we tried to get some field position by kicking but Fylde’s back three covered well enough – I thought we lost that battle.

“I don’t know how many penalties they gave away and it was a bit frustrating that they didn’t get a card earlier because every time we got into their zone there was a penalty.

“They defended our maul quite well but our scrum was quite dominant at times.”

Walshe was pleased with Cov’s response to the half-time talk as they went on to score five tries in the second half and record a comfortable victory.

He said: “Seven tries in those conditions, on a pitch that was very difficult to play on, is a real credit to the boys.

“The second half was really good.

“It just showed the quality that we can play at even in those conditions.

“We knew our power game would hurt them, we just had to keep going forward and get some good momentum and they’d struggle with it.”

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