RUGBY UNION: A DELIGHTED Rowland Winter feels Coventry could have scored more than five tries as his side recorded their fourth double of the season away at Cambridge.
Despite having two players yellow carded, the visitors ran out 36-27 winners to record a second successive win on the road in National League One.
Coventry led 22-5 heading into first half stoppage time thanks to a brace from Tom Howe, notching up his 11 and 12th try of the season, and Max Trimble also crossed, with Will Maisey converting twice and adding three points from a penalty.
Two early tries in the second period in the space of just three minutes by Rob Knox and a second by Trimble put the visitors in control again.
Cambridge threatened to stage a comeback Coventry managed to hold on for a fourth consecutive win in National League One.
“The performance was good in parts and when we worked hard we were the dominant side,” said Winter. “But when we took our foot off the gas or gave away silly penalties it, allowed Cambridge back in the game and they showed how dangerous they can be.
“But we’ve got a bonus-point win away from home, it’s our second away win on the trot and our fourth overall on a bit of a run, and I’m very happy with that.
“We scored five tries and we think we should have had more – we felt we should have had a penalty try right at the end, but the referee didn’t see it that way. We didn’t get any reward for our scrummaging all day, but that’s his style and that’s rugby.
“We wanted to start strongly. Cambridge have a reputation for coming out of the box pretty fast, especially at home, and we wanted to beat them to it and make sure we showed that we can go wing to wing and go through the middle of them, and not just rely on a dominant pack.
“Their pack did a lot better than in the game here, but we handled them well and we were just a bit sloppy in some areas that they pounced on.
”It was really down to when we switched off, so if we can stay switched on and keep 15 people on the pitch, there’s not a side in this league that we’re worried about.”