22nd Nov, 2019

Late revival earns a point for Coventry at Trailfinders

Ben Tyler 5th Nov, 2019

COVENTRY Rugby hauled back a 14-point deficit in the final quarter at Ealing Trailfinders to take a point in a 28-28 stalemate in the RFU Championship.

Darren Dawidiuk, Rory Jennings, Max Trimble and David Halaifonua scored the tries for the promotion hopefuls, with Will Maisey successfully kicking all four conversions.

Ealing took advantage of an early penalty to head for the corner and score the first try of the afternoon through Kieran Murphy, with the extras then added.

The visitors levelled through Dawidiuk, but it wasn’t long before the hosts went back in front through Matt Cornish’s converted score.

Jennings crossed the whitewash soon after to bring the scores to 14-14 at the break, though Ealing went back in front to continue the trend of the match through Rayn Smid after Harry Casson’s breakaway.

Casson added a fourth converted try for his side just after the hour mark, leaving Coventry with a tough ask approaching the latter stages of the game.

But came back Coventry in fine style, reducing the deficit thanks to Trimble, who raced over the try line following good work by Jennings.

Momentum lay with the visitors, so there was little surprise when a turnover with five minutes to play led to a move down the left flank, culminating with Jennings offloading a cross-field kick to Halaifonua to score in the corner.

With little time for either side to find a winner after Maisey’s successful conversion, the honours were shared.

The result keeps Coventry third in the table, ahead of Saturday’s (3pm) clash with Doncaster Knights at Butts Park Arena.

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