JUN 00] COVENTRY
Coventry Bears RL 12
Manchester Knights 48
Bears suffered their first defeat of the season in Manchester on
Saturday, with the Bears' coach being sensationally sent off for a
high tackle after only fifteen minutes.
The Bears had easily been the
best side up to that point. They had taken the lead when Ben Shepherd
forced his way over in the eighth minute, Danny Malin converted.
Then came the sending off and
from then on it was all over as a contest.
The Bears did show good spirit
and going into half time they were still in with a shout as Manchester
only led 18 – 6.
Tries early in the second half
stretched Manchester’s lead and at 36 – 6 Coventry again scored
through Richard Davies with a conversion by Alex Van Der Valt.
The squad kept their heads up
but Manchester took full advantage of their numerical superiority to
win the game by 48 – 12.
The defeat means Coventry have
slipped to fourth place in the National Composite table, and are
second in the Western Conference.
Pepperell, F Slater, D Price, B Shepherd, J Munro, D Malin, A Van Der
Valt, S Murray, C Mitchell, R Davies, M Wright, J Nicholls, A
Robinson, G Todd, N McCollin, C Southwell, N Kane
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