Is there enough depth to the current squad, possible recruitment and those Hersham Boys…?

Hersham boys, Hersham boys
Lace up boots and corduroys
Hersham boys, Hersham boys
They call us the Cockney cowboys

Sham 69 – Hersham Boys

As  I start writing this post both the official Coventry Rugby website and the unofficial Messageboard are down.

Unlike myself, as I’m quite upbeat…

…bum bum.

Whilst I imagine both are undergoing some sort of update at the moment, it is frustrating not to be able to access reports of the game or, more interestingly, the usual weekly report from one of the coaches regarding Saturday’s performance against Hartpury. They are always of interest but this week’s will be particularly so. (nb – the website is back up and the match report and coach’s comments are there to be read. Many thanks, again, to JW for keeping us so well informed. Last season had the website been unavailable for a couple of days I don’t think too many people would have worried, or possibly even noticed – just shows how much better the communication is these days). Continue reading “Is there enough depth to the current squad, possible recruitment and those Hersham Boys…?”

Hartpury College: a club with an identity crisis?…and an appreciation of the travelling supporters

When I was young
I never needed anyone

Hard to be sure
Sometimes I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure

All by myself
Don’t wanna be, all by myself anymore

Eric Carmen – All By Myself

 

According to The Rugby Paper, there were 677 at College Stadium (really?), Hartpury, to watch Saturday’s National 1 game against Coventry.

Now I’m not great at guestimating numbers, but I would imagine almost a third of those present were Coventry supporters.

Given yesterday’s gate was 384, yes 384, up on their average gate for the season  (according to Statbunker), then I’m probably erring on the side of caution.

And it’s worth just stopping to contemplate the significance of that for a moment. Hartpury have an average attendance of 293 (not including yesterday’s), with a season’s high of 500 prior to our visit, to watch a team running away with the league, playing some fantastic rugby in the process and with several players who are clearly destined for bigger and better things.

Yet a club like Cov, starved of success in recent times, more often than not, finishing in the bottom half of the table over the last six seasons and with Premiership rugby on its doorstep, can attract between 4 and 5 times that number on a regular basis. Okay, Coventry have a much bigger and more heavily populated catchment area on which to rely, but even so… Continue reading “Hartpury College: a club with an identity crisis?…and an appreciation of the travelling supporters”

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas Le National 1….

Sometimes reality can be a bit of a bummer.

5 games unbeaten, supporters talking about the remainder of the season with increasing confidence, performances improving significantly over the last few games…

…and then along comes Hartpury College.

And with Hartpury, along comes the reality check.

However good we are and, in terms of National 1, I saw nothing in the game to make me believe we are anything but a top 3 or 4 side at the moment, we have a long journey ahead of us if we are to reach the levels that Hartpury achieved out on the pitch yesterday.

And not just reached…maintained for the duration.

We must aspire to reach those levels – (and well done to Covkid for saying as much…). We’ve heard talk several times over the course of the season about producing an 80 minute performance. Well, yesterday we certainly saw one.

Sadly not from us though.

To bastardise Pierre Bosquet’s infamous quote:

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas Le National 1….

Before we get too despondent, having watched a pretty decent percentage of Coventry games both home and away in the last 6 years since we dropped into National 1, I don’t think any of the promoted sides during that period have been as strong or as clinical as Hartpury College have been since September… Continue reading “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas Le National 1….”

Back to college for Cov…

college
Hartpury v the rest?

After a couple of weeks away and having missed what appears to have been two very decent Cov performances since the Christmas break, I’m really not sure what to expect this afternoon.

We’re all very aware of Hartpury’s unbeaten run and any team that’s won 18 games on the trot must be clear favourites, either home or away, and with Coventry only managing two wins and a draw from their travels so far this season, well on paper it looks a pretty uneven contest.

But this is Coventry, and Coventry are seldom predictable. Continue reading “Back to college for Cov…”