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Coventry maintain winning feeling in 2013

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 16 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 09:12

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Loughborough Students 6 Coventry 27

National League One

SPURRED on by a large away contingent Coventry produced another fantastic performance to pick up only their third away win of the season.

The visitors kicked off into the elements but had the slope advantage in the opening period.

And it was Loughborough though who struck first with fly half Andrew Hall landing a penalty in the third minute.

Phil Maynard's side began to show their attacking intent and on ten minutes Cliffie Hodgson slotted a 37-metre penalty into the breeze after the Students were caught offside.

This was followed by a storming break by Jacques Le Roux, who gained 40 metres to set up the position from which Hodgson slotted a second penalty to put Coventry ahead.

Hall missed a difficult penalty for the hosts before Coventry manufactured the only try of the half scored by Callum MacBurnie and successfully converted by Hodgson.

Loughborough reduced the deficit thanks to Hall's second penalty of the match shortly after the re-start but that was as good as it got for the hosts as Coventry stepped it up a gear in the second period to record their second successive victory in 2013.

Maynard's side increased their lead just after the hour mark. Brett Daynes was awarded the try after a scramble on the home touchline and once again Hodgson converted for 20-6.

By now all the impetus appeared to have gone out of Loughborough's attacks and as the game headed past 80 minutes there was still time for the visitors to score one more try.

A line out was stolen by the impressive Hodgson who surged forward and crossed for try number three which the South African converted to give him 17 personal points from the match.

The result pushes Maynard's side up to seventh in the table ahead of this weekend's home clash against Rosslyn Park at the Butts Park.

Team: Hodgson, Harris, MacBurnie, Stevens, Evans, Miasey, Barker, Steenkamp (Hobbs), Price, Ross, Poole, Morgan (Woolford), Daynes, Harrop, Le Roux.

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