With the wind making conditions for flowing rugby
difficult, both sides found it hard to get the ball moving quickly, and after a scrappy
first ten minutes the score remained 0-0. It was new boy Steve Worthington in at
scrum-half who opened the scoring for Coventry as he jinked his way over from 15 yards.
Newmarket responded quickly scoring twice in five minutes to take a 10-6 lead. As in
previous weeks going behind really seemed to stir the Bears into action, Wayne Box scoring
his first and second tries for Coventry as they started an unanswered five try blitz, one
of which came from another Bears debutante, Cheimeka Eribenne when he scorched in from 60
yards. On the stroke of half-time however, Newmarket did manage to score making the
interval score 34-16.
The second period started well for the Bears, Danny Malin going over to add to his 2
first half tries, in completing his hat-trick and with a successful afternoons
kicking, Malin managed to equal James Cathcarts points record in a game for
Coventry, 26, and would of beaten it if taken all the kicks. Alex Van Der Walt deservedly
taking a kick beneath the posts, the South African again putting in a gritty, determined
and skilful display. The game then ebbed and flowed, bears scoring through the impressive
Francis Slater (2), Cheimeka Eribenne, rounded off a brilliant move. Ben Shepherd scored
to take Coventry into a 60-24 lead, at this point the Coventry defence
uncharacteristically went to sleep and Newmarket were rewarded for their persistence with
two late tries an a drop-goal.
Coventry Bears face Great Britain students on Sunday (3pm at Coundon Rd). this promises
to be an excellent encounter with fast rugby and bone crunching tackles guaranteed. At
only £2 per adult and children going free, this is an occasion not to be missed.
Report by Chris Norman.
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Chris Norman 01203 442772
Ron Banks 01203 455856