Coventry ran up their fifth victory in succession to consolidate
their league position and the Second Division of the Allied Dunbar Premiership is becoming
a three-horse race.
Third placed Coventry's biggest test of the season will arrive next Saturday however
when they travel to play the league leaders Bristol, the former club of their director of
rugby Derek Eves.
A big examination was promised by Orrell and so it proved, but Coventry came back
strongly to finish worthy winners and will go to Bristol on a high.
Fly half Steve Gough was again in magnificent kicking form landing four penalties and
two conversions on a rain lashed afternoon, and a penalty try and another by
centre-threequarter Richie Robinson completed the scoring.
Coventry were behind after just three minutes when they were caught offside and Simon
Verbickas kicked a penalty goal for Orrell. The period developed into a kicking duel
between Gough and Verbickas although both sides could have scored tries with better
Coventry changed ends leading 9-6 and immediately launched an assault on the visitors'
line, but they were caught by a breakaway which saw Orrell's winger Kurt Johnson scoring
an unconverted try.
Verbickas landed another penalty and going into the last quarter Coventry were trailing
9-14. But they launched a magnificent fight back, despite losing skipper Julian Horrobin
with a nose injury, and ran out deserved winners.