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Rollercoaster Ride. Right Result?


By AdminBTCov
January 18 2020

SOME may say that Cov are one of the most frustrating sides to follow in the league.

And on the evidence of today's performance they may well be right.

However, a win against a very fired-up, not to mention impressive, London Scottish side may just about have been deserved after what was a very, very poor first-half performance from the home side.

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Shaky in the set-piece, particularly galling after the magnificent effort against Nottingham pre-Christmas, and even shakier under the high ball, Cov were on the back foot for much of the half, going behind to a penalty after just three minutes.

Brief respite followed a few minutes later when Max Trimble crossed in the corner after a grubber sat up well for him, but that was about as good as it got for Cov in the first half, with Scottish scoring three tries to lead comfortably at the break.

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Half Time Coventry 10-22 London Scottish

An insurmountable hill to scale? Not a bit of it.

After the visitors decided to go for the sticks a few minutes after the restart, and increasing their advantage to a clear 15 points, somebody, somewhere decided to change things around a little, and on came eventual Man of the Match Scott Tolmie and tighthead Gareth Denman. And what a change it proved to be, with the home pack immediately turning the screw and winning the penalty - simultaneously waking up the grumbling, snoozing crowd of 2545.

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The first of Tolmie's tries soon followed, and then a superb line break from the recently added Pete White resulted in quick ball from another sub (Tiki Nayalo) for James Voss to crash onto at speed to carry it over for a superb score. Jennings converted both, and suddenly the game had become very interesting indeed at 24-25.

With the always-lively Pete White then outstripping the defence to score, Jennings' conversion attempt cannoned back off the left upright to leave Cov in the lead, but far from in charge at 29-25.

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All the great work, though, seemed to have come to naught when a gap opened up for Mark Bright to squeeze over at the flag, breaking Cov hearts as Scottish seemed to have done enough to steal the five points after all. Conversion missed, it was a one-point game, and still just enough time to do something about it.

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And how Cov did just that - with that man Tolmie again refusing to be repelled, and smashing the ball down with what turned out to be the very last action of the game, notwithstanding Will Maisey's well-struck conversion which opened the gap for a final score of:

Coventry 36-30 London Scottish

Tries: Tolmie (2), Trimble, Voss, White

Conversions: Jennings (3), Maisey

Penalty: Jennings

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Man of the Match: Scott Tolmie

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Rollercoaster Ride. Right Result?
Discussion started by Unofficial Coventry Rugby (IP Logged), 18/01/2020 19:21
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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2020:01:25:17:28:38 by AdminBTCov.

Camouflage
Camouflage
18/01/2020 20:01
After the break, Scottish sprinted back onto the pitch. Our lads almost walked on such was the morale in the dressing room. Luke Narraway would have been swearing at every one of them if he was in there. With the mass of individual talent we have, something finally woke them. Scottish were really up for it and eventually we were. Please lads, don't leave it that late against Hartpury.

Wazeroonie
Wazeroonie
18/01/2020 21:18
Quote:
Camouflage
After the break, Scottish sprinted back onto the pitch. Our lads almost walked on such was the morale in the dressing room. Luke Narraway would have been swearing at every one of them if he was in there. With the mass of individual talent we have, something finally woke them. Scottish were really up for it and eventually we were. Please lads, don't leave it that late against Hartpury.

Who cares what Luke Narraway would or would not have said, he left Cov in May 2018- months before Cov played their first match in the Championship. Also, i'm not that sure he was a shouty/sweary (to get a reaction) kind of coach:- would he have been given a role at a Top 14 French club if he was? Doubt it.

Anthony Allen (our current defence coach just so you know) I'm sure would have had a few things to say at half time, he maybe didn't shout or swear which you probably wouldn't have liked:- but I'm led to believe that at times as a group the team leadership and players take ownership of their mistakes and sort things out for themselves also.

Five points is five points, however we did it. Yes the first half was pretty diabolical, but I'd rather win like today than lose like last week.

HoboAl
HoboAl
18/01/2020 21:46
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Wazeroonie
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Camouflage
After the break, Scottish sprinted back onto the pitch. Our lads almost walked on such was the morale in the dressing room. Luke Narraway would have been swearing at every one of them if he was in there. With the mass of individual talent we have, something finally woke them. Scottish were really up for it and eventually we were. Please lads, don't leave it that late against Hartpury.

Who cares what Luke Narraway would or would not have said, he left Cov in May 2018- months before Cov played their first match in the Championship. Also, i'm not that sure he was a shouty/sweary (to get a reaction) kind of coach:- would he have been given a role at a Top 14 French club if he was? Doubt it.

Anthony Allen (our current defence coach just so you know) I'm sure would have had a few things to say at half time, he maybe didn't shout or swear which you probably wouldn't have liked:- but I'm led to believe that at times as a group the team leadership and players take ownership of their mistakes and sort things out for themselves also.

Five points is five points, however we did it. Yes the first half was pretty diabolical, but I'd rather win like today than lose like last week.

Warzone I tend to agree.
But having been to Ealing Ampthill and now..
Alright we won but I am not tasting sweet grapes tonigjt. Next week will be really tough at Hartpury. I will be there but not realky looking forward to it. We are in a rut and there is a lot of faults around our basic play.

But only our second season and this is a tough lesgue and every team deserves respect. London Scottish were very good today and I thought 12 and 14 really stood out for them.

Great entertainment for about 14 as a seadon ticket holder.

Wazeroonie
Wazeroonie
18/01/2020 22:31
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HoboAl
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Wazeroonie
Quote:
Camouflage
After the break, Scottish sprinted back onto the pitch. Our lads almost walked on such was the morale in the dressing room. Luke Narraway would have been swearing at every one of them if he was in there. With the mass of individual talent we have, something finally woke them. Scottish were really up for it and eventually we were. Please lads, don't leave it that late against Hartpury.

Who cares what Luke Narraway would or would not have said, he left Cov in May 2018- months before Cov played their first match in the Championship. Also, i'm not that sure he was a shouty/sweary (to get a reaction) kind of coach:- would he have been given a role at a Top 14 French club if he was? Doubt it.

Anthony Allen (our current defence coach just so you know) I'm sure would have had a few things to say at half time, he maybe didn't shout or swear which you probably wouldn't have liked:- but I'm led to believe that at times as a group the team leadership and players take ownership of their mistakes and sort things out for themselves also.

Five points is five points, however we did it. Yes the first half was pretty diabolical, but I'd rather win like today than lose like last week.

Warzone I tend to agree.
But having been to Ealing Ampthill and now..
Alright we won but I am not tasting sweet grapes tonigjt. Next week will be really tough at Hartpury. I will be there but not realky looking forward to it. We are in a rut and there is a lot of faults around our basic play.

But only our second season and this is a tough lesgue and every team deserves respect. London Scottish were very good today and I thought 12 and 14 really stood out for them.

Great entertainment for about 14 as a seadon ticket holder.

I'm liking my new name - Warzone. (Sm100). I wish I'd thought of that instead of my boring name.

Like you I'm not basking in the glory, but 5 points was achieved none the less. The replacements made the difference when they came on, should they have been on from the start? One for RW and coaches to consider maybe.

In my opinion Newcastle will not lose a game, Ealing and Pirates will probably take up the next two places. Yes some people maybe think we should be better than we are from a how we play point of view, but from 4th to 11th every team is capable of beating each other on their day. Like you say it is a tough league, sometimes teams have to grind it out when in a bad place or not feeling it like today. Probably should have done it last week. The three games lost and one draw so far were all away from home (4 away games played) so those'yips' still haven't been exorcised.

abdabs99rugby
abdabs
19/01/2020 01:45
Highs and lows of being a cov fan today. The lows were low...watching the pre match warm up you could see things weren't right... Every up and under from Pete White was dropped and we took that feeling onto the pitch. Scottish were so more up for the game from the off celebrating every ball and penalty won. Halftime I could see no way back. However White, Maisey and Tolmie transformed the pace and intensity and our greater fitness and squad depth ultimately won the game for us. Feel a little for Scottish as I had same drive home last week after victory was stollen from us but we must learn from this and pick the best team from the outset other wise pirates will take us to the sword next time around.

PaulRossborough
PaulRossborough
19/01/2020 08:31
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abdabs
watching the pre match warm up you could see things weren't right... Every up and under from Pete White was dropped and we took that feeling onto the pitch. Scottish were so more up for the game from the off
I noticed this... there was a lack of intensity, precision and generally not looking up for it. The number of times the ball was dropped in drills was way too high. The switch was flicked when the front row replacements were made however and from then on, it was mostly very good viewing

All views expressed in this post, are my own

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AdminBTCov
19/01/2020 14:58
Pictures added.

abdabs99rugby
abdabs
19/01/2020 16:12
Maybe the sacking of Walshe didn't help?

Tip
Tip (JJ Teeling)
19/01/2020 17:06
Allegedly

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AdminBTCov
21/01/2020 10:06
Offy Report and Tries vid links added.
Oh, and prediction league updated.

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