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Hartpury College 50 - 19 Coventry


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By Russ (Site Editor)
January 25 2017

Cov are back down to earth with a bit of a bump following an excellent result against Blackheath.

This is perhaps more a reflection of the quality of Hartpury than of the ability of the Coventry squad.  Hartpury haven't lost all season, but at least Cov pushed them hard - it's difficult to see anyone beating them on this kind of form.

More sterling work by the Coventry Rugby Supporters' Club ensured that a large Cov following was there to cheer the lads on, but injuries and yellow cards took their toll and in the end Hartpury ran out deserved winners.

Personally I've no bitterness towards Hartpury, but their dominance of the division and the madness of only having one promotion spot and no play-offs means that for most teams in National League 1 the season is effectively over.

Anyway, as ever the whole story is told best by John Butler on the official site, and John Wilkinson and Paul Smith in the Evening Telegraph.

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Hartpury College 50 - 19 Coventry
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25/01/2017 10:29
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Sam Skennel
Re: Hartpury College 50 - 19 Coventry
Sam Skennel (IP Logged)
25/01/2017 17:07
Personally I've no bitterness towards Hartpury, but their dominance of the division and the madness of only having one promotion spot and no play-offs means that for most teams in National League 1 the season is effectively over.

Russ - you're right and the RFU are now saying the following:

The impact on promotion and relegation is covered in RFU regulation 13.2.8. Its effect on our clubs can be summarised as follows

Quote:
Championship
no club will be relegated
National 1
top of league will be promoted to the Championship
bottom two clubs will be relegated to National 2

National 2
top team in each league will be promoted
second placed teams in the two leagues will play off and the winner will be promoted to National 1

Which means that Richmond (or whoever) are safe and there's essentially no change to the other leagues, other than to say that Nat 1 will be one team light in the new season, a there's no change to how clubs get promoted from Nat 2

 
John Butler
Re: Hartpury College 50 - 19 Coventry
John Butler (IP Logged)
25/01/2017 21:00
Not sure what you mean Sam Skennel.
As I read it, National One will still have the same number of clubs next season.
They are relegating two clubs not three from NL1. ie one less than usual.
2 clubs coming up from NL2 North & South, PLUS,as before the winners of the second placed play off.
That still makes for the same size Division 1

 
Sam Skennel
Re: Hartpury College 50 - 19 Coventry
Sam Skennel (IP Logged)
26/01/2017 09:55
Good point John - must read more carefully before posting. And to have had less gin.

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