Sale ended yesterday…

50-0 is certainly a significant scoreline… But of even greater significance, perhaps, is yesterday’s 47-21 scoreline in the Harlequins v Jersey friendly, a game in which Quins fielded a very strong side including the likes of Care, Robshaw and Brown. Jersey only managed to score 6 more points against Cov last week and in the…

Friendlies Season 3 – Episode 4: the one with the double header

I’m starting to get quite excited at the prospect of the first of the season’s double-headers this weekend, with first on the Development side playing Broadstreet with a 12.30 pm start, followed by the first team hosting Sale FC  at the usual afternoon kick off time of 3.00 pm. As far as I know, if…

Hard done by Moseley lose to Blaydon…the run in to the end of the season

Oh dear. Blaydon 25 – 12 Moseley. Blaydon were at the races and won… …Moseley fell at the first hurdle. Yesterday, it seems as if Kevin Maggs’ worst fears were yesterday realised. Without 5 players following the England Counties game against Scotland Club XV on Friday,  Moseley made the long journey up to a resurgent Blaydon. The…

Home and away…

What a turnaround. Suddenly the top teams begin to look ordinary as Coventry, unbeaten in five games, become the form team in the league and start to show signs of what might have been had they managed this level of consistency from the start of the season. The back row look a yard quicker than they did back…

Moseley, ‘Derby ’til I die’ and we have only ourselves to blame…

Yesterday was a sad day for Moseley…or Birmingham Moseley as we’ll have to get used to calling them come June onwards. The rebranding of the club is an attempt, apparently, at creating a wider appeal across the city and to generate more sponsorship, although I doubt many who follow local rugby will see Birmingham Moseley as anything but…

Blackheath…

The final 13 minutes or so were as tense as anything this season. And that’s including the home game  against Richmond in January, when Cov defended their lines so valiantly to deny the opposition any opportunity to score, in so doing earning themselves a hugely creditable, and eerily similar, 20-20 draw. A Rob Knox try on 69 minutes had brought…

Blackheath, Moseley and Creative Parallel…

So today is to be my last away game of the season, having made the decision that with nothing really to play for, Wharfedale is probably a bit too far for a day trip. I always enjoy travelling, whether it be with friends as it was a couple of weeks ago or by public transport as is…

Anyone else feeling any guilt, awards’ day and comedy evening

The end of the season is fast approaching. An if I’m honest, I’m not quite sure how to feel about it. After all the disappointments we’ve had this season, in some respects it just can’t come quick enough. I’m getting to the stage now where the remaining games are almost (almost, mind you) secondary to the news that has…

Defending the indefensible and Rob Conquest

Watch Coventry play like they did yesterday and you begin to wonder why just so many of the squad are soon to be in receipt of their P45s. UB40’s 1981 anthem for the unemployed could well do with a 2016 rewrite, with the title updated to reflect the Cov’s current predicament …not longer ‘One in Ten’, instead it’s ‘Eight in…

What if and if only…

The Cov Dog must still be barking this morning. Fed and watered yesterday evening and having slept the sleep of the contented, it will have woken this morning eager for more. Let off the leash in the afternoon, it snapped and snarled at the heels of a Darlington team than grew increasingly frustrated as the game went…

DMP et al.

I always feel much happier when Coventry release the team news on a Thursday afternoon, rather than delaying it until Friday. An early announcement suggests that the coaches aren’t waiting on news from players who might be carrying an injury and as a result could suffer an adverse reaction on Friday morning, following Thursday’s evening training session….

‘An exciting future’ – comparatives or superlatives?

Glad to see that Jon Sharp seems to have taken a leaf out of Rowland Winter’s book and announced the imminent departures of four Coventry coaches through the most appropriate channel  – the club’s own website. I’ve always felt that news of any significance should  go through the website as that way supporters have the…

Carry on camping

Inevitably, most of the news coming out of the club at the moment is the result of the fallout from the announcement back in late January of the appointment of a new Director of Rugby – speculation over the new coaching set up, the names of players retained and released and details of Rowland Winter’s…

Cinderford and a place in the sun…

Cause there’s a place in the sun Where there’s hope for ev’ryone Where my poor restless heart’s gotta run There’s a place in the sun And before my life is done Got to find me a place in the sun A Place In The Sun – Stevie Wonder Before the game yesterday I had reason…

A make up, not a break up…for the time being

I’ve succumbed. And I blame John Wilkinson… After the Esher game, I’d prepared myself mentally for a three week break from watching Coventry, accepting as I did that Blaydon was too far to travel by public transport. I knew that I’d have a nervy afternoon sitting by the computer, switching from website to another  trying to get regular…