DIRECTOR of rugby Rowland Winter was delighted by the grit and effort shown by Coventry Rugby as they took away Plymouth Albion’s unbeaten home record.
National League One champions Cov edged through 24-21 in a tight game played on a Brickfields pitch that grew heavier by the minute in the wet conditions.
A Will Maisey penalty proved decisive after fourth-placed Albion had come from 21-7 down to draw level.
“Sometimes you’ve got to win ugly and on Saturday it was more important for us to perform like that,” said Winter.
“Plymouth had not lost at home for a long time, they’ve got a very proud record there and they’re a really tough side to break down.
“We were a little bit worried at half-time after conceding a try just before we went in and wondered where the energy levels were going to come from, but the boys stood up strong and slugged it out.
“We had some tired people out there, but our scrum dominance came through and I’m really proud of all the effort they put in.
Coventry have a week off from action before returning to the Butts Park Arena for a home clash against Rosslyn Park.