1st XV - Match centre

Harbury
Coventrians
C Milburn, S Smith, T Gear
Full time
D Rooney (2)
D Rooney
Sat 25 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 West (South)

HARBURY (22) v COVENTRIANS (17)

An excellent and thoroughly deserved victory

An excellent and thoroughly deserved victory for Harbury against opponents who had enjoyed an emphatic victory over them earlier in the season. The match was dominated by a strong wind down the pitch and away from the Clubhouse. Harbury began brightly and forced Coventrian's into conceding a number of penalties. From these misdemeanours Harbury gained useful field position and with the wind behind their backs pushed play deep into the Coventrian's half and from a good backs move a clever chip ahead was brilliantly picked up by flanker Chris Millburn who outpaced the cover to touch down wide out. Harbury added a further try mid way through the first half when from a loose maul lock Spencer Smith showed real determination to force his way through despairing tackles to score beneath the posts. Dave Rooney whose wide out attempt on the first try had drifted agonisingly wide but with the conversion in front of the posts the kick was easily added for a 12-0 lead. It seemed that wing Paul Evans had added a third but the referee was not convinced.

Coventrian's came back with a try before the break to reduce the half time deficit to just five points.

The second half very much favoured Coventrian's with the wind behind them and they capitalised on this with a well taken try to draw level at 12-12. Harbury drew ahead with a Rooney penalty and Tony Gear seemed to have put the match beyond their opponents when Tony Gear using his pace took a well judged cross kick exceptionally well and went round the cover to touch down for a superb try again converted. This took Harbury to 22-12. The second half seemed to go on forever and with over 10 minutes extra time played Coventrian's added a third unconverted try and trailing by just 5 points went for the kill. However, outstanding and determined defence kept the lines clear as Harbury emerged with a hard won victory.

Key moments

5:00
Try Christopher Milburn scores for Harbury
5:00
Conversion Dave Rooney kicks a conversion for Harbury
15:00
Try Seymour Smith scores for Harbury
15:00
Conversion Dave Rooney kicks a conversion for Harbury
30:00
Penalty Dave Rooney kicks a penalty for Harbury
70:00
Try Tony Gear scores for Harbury

Highlights

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79:00 Yellow Card
Luke Dunne is yellow carded for Harbury
70:00 Try 22 - 0
Tony Gear scores for Harbury
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 17 - 0
Dave Rooney kicks a penalty for Harbury
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Seymour Smith scores for Harbury
15:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Dave Rooney kicks a conversion for Harbury
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Christopher Milburn scores for Harbury
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Dave Rooney kicks a conversion for Harbury
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As it happened

  • Harbury
  • Coventrians
  • 0
  • Christopher Milburn Try 5:00'
  • Dave Rooney Conversion 5:00'
  • Seymour Smith Try 15:00'
  • Dave Rooney Conversion 15:00'
  • Dave Rooney Penalty 30:00'
  • Tony Gear Try 70:00'
  • Luke Dunne Yellow Card 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Alcester 20 77
2. Stoke Old Boys 19 74
3. Bromyard 18 72
4. Coventry Welsh 17 50
5. Harbury 20 38
6. Claverdon 18 38
7. Redditch 20 36

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