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[24 OCT 98] COVENTRY RUGBY NEWS
Coventry (9) 26
Orrell (6) 14
[ALLIED DUNBAR PREMIERSHIP TWO]

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 handling.

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.
 

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CWN / Sport / Rugby / Coventry RFC / 24 Oct 98

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