8th Apr, 2020

Winter warns of complacency as 'below par' Coventry earn 24-point win

RUGBY UNION: COVENTRY boss Rowland Winter warned his side of complacency despite beating Caldy 38-14 to move ten points clear at the top of the National League One table.

Winter’s men are now ten points clear of nearest rivals Ampthill & District and Darlington following ten games, during which Coventry have dropped just one point.

Though Winter admitted though it was good to secure another five points, he was frustrated with the quantity of unforced errors by his side and admitted they lacked accuracy and patience.

He said: “We targeted five league points, which we have achieved. But our overall performance was below par and not at our normal high standards.

“We didn’t get into our normal flow, partly down to a higher amount of unforced errors which created a stop-start game, and we lacked our normal accuracy and patience in both attack and defence which will be an area to focus on as we build up to Old Elthamians.

“There were short periods where we put some good phases together and created pressure on Caldy, which resulted in a few exceptional tries, and some really strong defensive sets.

“But, no disrespect to Caldy, we didn’t really get out of second or third gear all day and we made life difficult for ourselves.

“If we’d kept things simple rather than getting too complicated we probably could have moved forward a lot quicker.”

Winter believes the introduction of some new combinations in midfield and at half-back added to the introduction of returning players from injury made his side ‘rusty’.

He added: “We still got six tries and five points, and I’m happy with that.

“We’ve still got 20 games to go, we’ll continue to take it a step at a time and not get carried away.

“This was one of those games we’ll draw a line under and move on to next week and a fresh challenge.”

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