Nott This Time...


By AdminBTCov
December 23 2018

...but close. Cov, looking for that still elusive first away win, showed a bucketful of grit and determination in the Lady Bay rain and mud,

but ultimately came up just short of shaking that monkey from their collective backs.

With Will Maisey taking the visitors into a 6-0 lead with two well-judged penalties, Cov just missed extending the lead when Rob Knox's longer-range effort sailed wide.

Cov's overall performance was certainly improved over previous away efforts, with chances to take the win, including appeals for a penalty try being turned down, even though a home player saw yellow when a rapidly advancing Cov maul was unceremoniously brought down.

Nottingham responded well to Cov's early lead though, weighing in with a couple of tries, one converted, and a penalty of their own, to give them a respectable cushion at 15-6.

So often this season, this sort of bodyblow has taken the wind out of Cov sails, and the mountain has been insurmountable, but not this time. Maisey, again stepped up to slot not one, not two, but three penalties to bring the away side level.

However, as time ticked by, that was not to be, and Mr Wigglesworth blew with both sides having earned a couple of points each.

Honours even then, but I suspect Cov will be happier with their share than much-fancied fourth-placed Nottingham, who almost certainly would have anticipated a four or five point haul.

Final Score: Nottingham Rugby 15-15 Coventry Rugby

Coventry Scorer: Maisey (Five penalties)

Yellow Card: Stokes

Weather: Well, it's Christmas, so let's say warm, dry and sunny eh?

Crowd: 1515

Pictures: Nick Meredith

Coventry Official Match Report: HERE

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Nott This Time...
Posted by: Unofficial Coventry Rugby (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 17:21

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Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: tom snr (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 19:20

the draw guarantees Cov 7th place even after the remaining Round 10 fixtures are completed. Overall a 45% success rate which I feel is better than first expected. should give Cov a boost for 2nd half of season.

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: AdminBTCov (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 19:57

Totally agree Tom. The only way is up now.

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: HoboAl (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 20:21

It wasn't pretty but kept it tight and a dogged performance. Sometimes that's just what you have to do

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: OldNick (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 20:37

Quote:
HoboAl
It wasn't pretty but kept it tight and a dogged performance. Sometimes that's just what you have to do
Absolutely.
I got the idea at 15 all that both teams were determined not to lose, and that that triggered the tennis match. Given the conditions it was amazing hat neither side knocked a high ball forwards.

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: HoboAl (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 20:54

It felt like a big step forward and felt like a win to me. I enjoyed the drive home.

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: Moosemagic (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 21:53

For me Cov played well enough to win, a draw though gives us a moral victory. Still feel we need a bit more guile when camped on the opposition try line.

Phil Reynolds

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: Ben duckworth (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 22:54

Quote:
Moosemagic
For me Cov played well enough to win, a draw though gives us a moral victory. Still feel we need a bit more guile when camped on the opposition try line.

Iíd have to disagree with you there Phil, I thought a draw was probably a fair result, both teams cancelled each other out a couple of times, but I never felt that Cov would score a try IMO, Notts defensive was very good once set. But I did feel like if Notts gave away a penalty in there own half then Cov would get 3 points because of your kicker (who is very good). In order for Cov to win games like that they have to score some points when the opposition is down to 14 men, I noticed when you played them in the cup they went down to a sin bin and you didnít score any points in that period, and the same happened today. In order to win games that this level, you have to capitalise on it.

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: Duckham walked on water (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 23:47

A mixed day at the office! At 15-6 down with Notts backs threatening to cut us open and us devoid of ideas and choosing a few poor options, I would have gladly settled for 15 all. But pleasing to see Cov re-group, step up a gear and throw themselves back into the fray with renewed vigour, such that it squeezed Notts out the game and we ended the stronger. We didn't threaten the whitewash, but tackled and pushed Notts back to set up the goals that were meat and drink to Will. Mark's demand a couple of weeks ago to "Build a total" proved totally correct today.

HOWEVER, why were we in that position given the amount of ball and field positions we had in the first half? We had already spent a fruitless 80 mins here a couple of weeks ago trying to roll Notts over the line with very limited success and it seemed we were trying to do the same again. I know it was wet and stick it up the jumper seemed the order of the day, but Notts faced the same conditions yet their backs found ways to be pacy and slick and threatening - we were just rather blunt and one dimensional in attack, and I know we can be better than that. So satisfied with a draw, but frustrated we didn't get that elusive first away win.



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Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: titchywinger (IP Logged)
Date: 23/12/2018 23:53

Full credit to both sides who produced a decent game in grotty wet conditions. I don't think either side dropped a high ball all afternoon. Cov started the better and led by two penalties before Notts came back strongly to lead at half time. Notts started the second half looking much sharper in the backs and the writing looked on the wall for Cov when Notts scored a converted try to make it 15-6 to the hosts. Cov would not lie down though and pretty much dominated the last 15 minutes, earning 3 penalties which Will Maisey converted.

A draw was probably a fair result at the end of the day. Heck, even the ref drew with himself, seemingly favouring Cov for the first 20 minutes, Notts for the next 40 and then Cov for the final 20. We all love the man in black.

What a great atmosphere there was in the big marquee with lots of Santa hats, crimbo jumpers and some rather large hirsute"ladies " strutting on the dance floor. A great day out. Oh, and by the way, how good were the bar staff in that marquee? Top notch.



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Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: Moosemagic (IP Logged)
Date: 24/12/2018 11:20

Quote:
Ben duckworth
Quote:
Moosemagic
For me Cov played well enough to win, a draw though gives us a moral victory. Still feel we need a bit more guile when camped on the opposition try line.

Iíd have to disagree with you there Phil, I thought a draw was probably a fair result, both teams cancelled each other out a couple of times, but I never felt that Cov would score a try IMO, Notts defensive was very good once set. But I did feel like if Notts gave away a penalty in there own half then Cov would get 3 points because of your kicker (who is very good). In order for Cov to win games like that they have to score some points when the opposition is down to 14 men, I noticed when you played them in the cup they went down to a sin bin and you didnít score any points in that period, and the same happened today. In order to win games that this level, you have to capitalise on it.

Fair comments Ben. Have a great Xmas.

Phil Reynolds

Re: Nott This Time...
Posted by: AdminBTCov (IP Logged)
Date: 24/12/2018 14:06

A few match pics now added above.

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