RUGBY UNION - Rae feels Coventry were 'not clinical enough' in Ampthill defeat - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Rae feels Coventry were 'not clinical enough' in Ampthill defeat

Coventry Editorial 8th Nov, 2023   0

ALEX Rae believes his side were ‘not clinical enough’ after Coventry Rugby suffered a surprise 34-24 defeat at Ampthill last weekend.

Tries from Louis James, Jordon Poole, Ryan Hutler and James Martin put Coventry into the lead on the hour mark only for Ampthill to take the points with two late scores at Dillingham Park.

And Coventry head coach Rae felt his side had plenty of chances to score points but were unable to make their first-half dominance count.

Rae said: “We completely dominated the first half but weren’t clinical enough.

“Ampthill then got a charge-down and a hack-through try and we found ourselves behind at half time instead of being out of sight and in control of the game.

“Our game management was good and we applied plenty of pressure but then didn’t take our chances. Rugby is about scoring points and we didn’t do that.

“I have to give credit to Ampthill who scrapped, fought and found a way. I can’t really have any complaints in the end, they deserved their victory.

“We can’t just play in six-minute bursts, we have to be better than that. It was a massively frustrating afternoon but sometimes you need a setback to then take another step forwards.”

Coventry are next in action at home to Doncaster Knights on Saturday, November 18 with kick-off at 3pm at Butts Park Arena.

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