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Coventry kick-start 2013 with a win

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 11:49

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Buy photos » Coventry powered their way to an impressive 20-point victory over Cambridge at the weekend. (s) Photo by Nick Meredith

COVENTRY Rugby Club head into this weekend's visit to Loughborough Students high in confidence after winning their first game of 2013 in convincing fashion.

Phil Maynard's side produced one of the best attacking performances of their season so far to overcome Cambridge 41-21 at Volac Park and move back into the top half of National League One.

It took the visitors ten minutes to claim their first of seven tries and it proved to be the best of the bunch.

A long Will Maisey pass created space for Greg Evans, Jacques le Roux and Tom Harris to combine, with the latter picking out Callum MacBurnie to send the centre clear to cross but the tricky windy conditions diverted Cliffie Hodgson’s conversion attempt.

The hosts hit back five minutes later when they got their noses in front in their first real attack of the match thanks to a Pat Tapley try which was converted by Elliott Bale.

But Coventry regained the initiative through Lewis Barker and Evans, and two more tries before the break put Maynard's side firmly in control at the mid-way interval.

First Brett Daynes sent Evans over wide in the left hand corner after several excellent passages of play and then Daynes himself crossed for try number four which earned Coventry a bonus point right on half time.

The difficult wind defeated both of Hodgson’s wide angled conversion attempts, but at 22-7 Cov were in total command and playing some of their best rugby of the campaign.

Coventry picked up where they left off after the re-start and stretched their lead further when Harris got himself on the score sheet and Hodgson this time was able to convert.

Cambridge remained true to their attacking style but were hit on the counter on 52 minutes. An attempted chip by Bale bounced straight to Jacques Le Roux who set off from half way charged over the line for try number six. Hodgson converted for a 36-7 score line.

The hosts did mount something of a late rally when John Hale and Tom Fidler scored late on during which time Coventry were reduced to 13 men after the referee had yellow carded Daynes and Bronson Ross for what were claimed to be persistent offences.

But it was Coventry who had the final say in injury time after replacement hooker Davy McGregor crossed for his maiden try. But once again the wide angle just defeated Hodgson’s conversion attempt.

There was still time late on for Cambridge to press for another but they could not find a way through.

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