RUGBY UNION - Coventry pegged back by Harlequins in thrilling draw - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Coventry pegged back by Harlequins in thrilling draw

Coventry Editorial 18th Sep, 2023 Updated: 18th Sep, 2023   0

WILL Rigg scored two tries as Coventry Rugby surrendered a 14-point lead in a thrilling 21-all draw with Premiership opponents Harlequins.

Rigg crossed either side of half time while Ryan Hutler also touched down with Pat Pellegrini kicking three conversions at Twickenham Stoop.

Quins rescued a draw courtesy of Matas Jurevicius late try after earlier scores from Nathan Jibulu and Connor Slevin with the latter converting all three tries.

The result means Coventry sit third in their Premiership Rugby Cup pool, three points behind Gloucester and level with Harlequins.

Harlequins scored the game’s first try after just four minutes when Jibulu crashed over after reacting quickest to a loose ball at a lineout with Slevin adding the extras.

However, Coventry responded three minutes later as Rigg finished underneath the posts under pressure from several Quins defenders as Pellegrini kicked the resulting conversion.

And the visitors completed the turnaround on 32 minutes when Hutler scored an interception try from 50-metres out as Pellegrini kicked the simple conversion.

Coventry extended their lead at the start of the second period when Rigg crossed for his second try and Pellegrini converted after several tap-and-go penalties close to the Quins line.

Harlequins reduced the deficit with an intercept try of their own on 53 minutes as Slevin ran in unopposed before converting his own score.

The home side lost both Bryn Bradley and Tom Lawday to the sin bin with Coventry unable to add to their lead despite playing against 13-men for seven minutes.

And Quins eventually drew level with two minutes left to play as Jurevicius crashed over and Slevin converted while Coventry’s replacement prop Elliot Chilvers was sent to the sin bin as the game finished all square.

Coventry are next in action away at Hartpury on Saturday, September 23 with kick-off at 3pm at Alpas Arena.

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