Coventrians v Harbury Match Report

Coventrians v Harbury Match Report

By Tom Kittendorf
15 January 2020
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On a rugby pitch a long long time ago..


A tough match against old foes with the game very much dominated by the inform Coventrians team who are challenging for promotion.

Their particular strength lay with their forwards who controlled the set pieces and placed the hosts pack under significant pressure especially at scrum time. The line outs and breakdowns were evenly contested. The wind was with the visitors from the offset and yet despite their dominance territorially it was 30 minutes before the break through. A series of attacks were contained through excellent defence. However, from a scrum 10 metres out the backs moved the ball to their excellent left wing who found just enough space to touch down wide out. The conversion was missed.

Although the elements were in their favour Coventrians choose to run the ball on most occasions. Surprisingly they made little use of the wind and slope to gain field position close to the home line. On the break of half time the backline moved the ball and once more found their elusive left wing who added a second unconverted try.

Harbury hoped that with the elements in their favour they too might have a more effective tool. Thwarted by a good defence and with field position much more in their favour, several good moves were not as effective as they might have hoped. A sound line out and rolling maul took Harbury within 10 metres of the goal line and lock Matt Knight took an excellent route towards opening the score for the hosts but his surge was stopped a metre from the line and Coventrians were able to force a scrum when he went to ground.

The best try of the match came from a lineout just short of the five metre line. Well won ball was moved quickly and the visitors open side flanker, who had been standing off from the line out choose a fine line and crossed for a well worked score, which was converted. The bonus point was achieved late into the match when a smart turnover on the Harbury 22 enabled the left wing to gain enough space to beat the retreating cover and touch down.

Harbury defended well overall but a lack of good ball from set scrums in particular stymed their useful back line.

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