Woah, we’re half way there…Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Oh, we’ve got to hold on, ready or not You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got Woah, we’re half way there Woah, livin’ on a prayer Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear Woah, livin’ on a prayer Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer We’re up to the half…

Ice-cold Winter proves too hot for Ampthill

63-14. It was a scoreline to warm the hearts of every Coventry supporter fortunate to be at the BPA yesterday afternoon. Cov dominated every area of the game and come 4.45,  Ampthill hadn’t just been beaten, they’d been dismantled, piece by ineffectual piece. Harsh if you’re an Ampthill supporter, but I’m just saying it as…

Rosslyn Park’s 4G pitch….away day support

A crowd of 840 were at the Rock to witness Cov’s eventual 7 try demolition of a Park side that put up some sterling resistance in the first half, only to fall apart in the second. Though things might not have gone quite to plan for the home side on the pitch, off it they…

Hull 20 – Coventry 63…a good performance but there still so much more to come

20-63 Coventry’s performance today will have done nothing to lessen the excitement that has steadily been building over the summer, especially following some encouraging performances in the pre-season friendlies. Nothing whatsoever… Coventry were simply too strong for a determined and resolute Hull side that in the end just couldn’t cope with the speed and power…

Cov resurgence attracts national coverage…Cliffie H

If you want to know ’bout the bishop and the actress If you want to know how to be a star If you want to know ’bout the stains on the mattress You can read it in the Sunday papers Sunday paper Sunday papers, don’t ask no questions Sunday papers, don’t get no lies Sunday…

Training ground update #2

Thursday night might well have been an evening of comedy back at the Cov clubhouse, but just 4 miles away over at Massey Ferguson’s playing fields there wasn’t much laughter to be heard as the Coventry squad, together with some of the Academy players, were put through a gruelling training session that pulled no punches……

Coventry v Ampthill – a real team effort (all 20 of them)

29-19. Four tries, a bonus point and another one of the top teams in the league that has come to the BPA full of expectation and left with nothing other than the realisation that Coventry is probably a far stronger side than its current position in the table suggests. Coventry, the perennial underachievers, are beginning to show some signs of…

Training ground update…Cov looking sharp

Words can make you pay and pay Four-letter words I cannot say Panty, toilet, dirty devil Words are trouble, words are subtle Words of anger, words of hate The Tom Tom² Club – Wordy Rapping Hood – (aka Jubb, Poole, Wheatcroft  and Howe) It looks as if Coventry are certainly up for the challenge of Ampthill…

Cov fans in La La-tu Land as Makaafi signs and three more retained.

It’s hard not to be excited about the arrival of Tongan born Latu Makaafi (or Maka’afi?) given his reputation as a hard-hitting, physical and uncompromising back row forward. Blessed with strong running and handling skills, he is also a player who is going to score tries and with 39 in 111 games for Doncaster in…

Taking the lead…older heads on older shoulders

One of the recurring themes in post-match reports and weekly ‘Coach’s Views’ is the lack of experienced heads on the pitch, especially in the kinds of situations we saw on Saturday when the more senior players just needed to bring the players together and change the direction of the game, slow down the pace (or step it up as required),…

The Championship – taking the risk or playing it safe?

Ever since the advent of  the league rugby back in 1987, Coventry has struggled to come to terms with competitive rugby at a national level. Of the 29 completed seasons that have elapsed since then, we’ve spent just one in the equivalent of the Premiership, 20 in the Championship and eight in National 1 (including the…

London Welsh…avoiding Schadenfreude…what it might all mean for Cov…Esher

So crisis-torn London Welsh now  ‘cease to exist as a professional club’ and have been denied permission to play in the Championship forthwith… Clearly yesterday’s news that the RFU has refused to extend the temporary licence that they granted Welsh just before Christmas will be of considerable interest to Coventry and, indeed, to several other clubs who…

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…

On the tenth day of Christmas…

Just the top three places in Coventry’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ Award 2016 left to reveal…and there are some pretty big names missing from the from the 9 places already decided. No mention, as yet, of Messrs. Wheatcroft, Boulton, Grace, Dyer, Fenner, MacBurnie, Rundle, Litchfield, Stokes, Poole, Conquest, Trimble, Hircock, Snyman, Bone, Povoas…. Whatever the outcome…

Nothing succeeds like success…catering for bigger crowds…

Success breeds success. The more a team wins, the more support it attracts. And whilst there’s nothing new in that, it certainly is true of Cov at the moment as it seems they are already beginning to benefit from their improved performances of late, including the draw at Darlington a couple of weeks ago which by all accounts was…