COVENTRY’s director of rugby Rowland Winter has expressed his disappointment following Saturday’s narrow 19-14 defeat away at rivals Birmingham Moseley on Saturday.
First half tries from Ed Sheldon and former Coventry player Jacques Le Roux, both of which were converted by scrum-half David Brazier, had put the home side 14-0 in front at the break.
A spirited second half fightback followed with Coventry cheered on by a large away following and South African lock Brendon Snyman claimed his first try for the club while Tony Fenner got in on the act to as the visitors levelled things up.
But with minutes remaining Moseley lock forward Harry Hone was able to score what proved to be the final try of the match to consign Coventry to their first defeat of the season.
“I’m disappointed with the result, but probably more disappointed with our performance in the first 20 to 25 minutes,” said Winter.
“From that point onwards we showed our dominance in the scrum and at the line-out, and I’m not entirely convinced that we had the reward we deserved from either set piece.
“I’m pleased that our set piece came up against one of the better sides in the league and did so well, but we probably should have got more out if it today.
“Winning the second half was what I asked them to do at half-time, but we had left ourselves too much to do. The slow and sloppy start cost us.
“We kind of gifted them the first two tries and left ourselves chasing the game which isn’t the thing to do in this weather.
“Losing a game at this stage of the season isn’t a problem. We’ve got to respond, and I expect a backlash next week against Macclesfield at home. We’ll learn some lessons, and from that first 20 minutes on, we were by far the better side.”