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A Couple of Toughies

By AdminBTCov
October 29 2019

It's been a down and up season so far.   A slightly disappointing loss in the Channel Islands, followed by a decent enough win over near-ish neighbours Bedford, and a solid one over Leeds built quite nicely on pre-season and the Championship Cup block.

Now, and without discounting the visit of Doncaster, who always present a stiff challenge, we have arguably the toughest couple of away matches in sight.

Ealing on World Cup day promises to be interesting for all sorts of reasons. Mike Gooley's club has not really had the kind of start to the season it would wish for if it still harbours designs of winning this league this season. Yes, they've won two of their three games, but not necessarily in as convincing a fashion as they would perhaps like (in one particular instance at least), and, maybe crucially, have failed to pick up bonus points in two of the three.

Cov, for their part, ran Ealing fairly close in the cup, gaining a bonus point in the process. Certainly that caning at the BPA earlier in the year never looking like being repeated.

The old chestnut of not being familiar with an artificial pitch's characteristics won't be discussed this weekend either.

So, can Cov do it? I'd like to think so, but pragmatism rules for me. I'd be very happy with a bonus point of some kind to be honest. Two would be a delight.

Newcastle in a couple of weeks time will be an even bigger test on current form, and one can only imagine that they'll be further bolstered by returnees from points south, so perhaps there's even less reason for optimism?

Or is there?

We may well have a couple of big guns back by then. One from down under, and one from up the M69. And David Halaifonua will have had a couple of games to settle back into the Greene King rhythm.

So, can a refreshed back division make the most of the possession handed to them by Cov's pack – which is having its best season for a while, particularly away from the occasionally 'work-in-progress' lineout?

And who do you leave out?

Knoxy? Big, strong, straight-running, and with a hefty boot to, er, boot?

Stokesy? Four tries on Sunday kinda says no, doesn't it?

Max Trimble? Two tries a week or so ago, and could've been more. Hmm.

Fenner? Too versatile to overlook easily. When on his pre-injury form, could you afford to not have him on the bench at the very least?

The answer is, I don't know, and thankfully I don't need to. Good problem for the Main Man to have though, come selection day. Nice, given all that, to have a bench of eight this time too.

Still, plenty of time yet, and the small matter of a World Cup Final has to be resolved before any of the above. Fascinating times.

Gwarn England.

Gwarn Cov.


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A Couple of Toughies
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02/11/2019 23:12
One of the toughies down and a great share of the spoils today. A great 3 points gained and how good is it to see Cov in 3rd place in the table and the only team to score a bonus point in every game as well as the highest points scorers in the division. Keep it going Cov.

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