Post by Jamie Crawford on Nov 7, 2019 15:42:38 GMT
Among other signings is ex-Carnegie No.8 Ryan Burrows who was thorn in the Knights’ side when we played them last season. (It turns out that Griff tried to sign Burrows but Cov offered more money.)
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Round 5, Butts Park Arena, Coventry Sat 9th Nov, 2019 - 03:00pm
Four games into the season sees the Knights ninth after two wins and two losses, Cov are third with two wins, one draw and one loss. Cov are the only team in the Championship to have won a bonus point in every game.
The Knights have scored 67 points (16.75/game) and conceded 97 points (49.25/game); Cov have scored 135 (33.75/game) and conceded 95(23.75/game). Their 135 points scored is the highest in the Championship, so defence has to be great on Saturday. Their scores thus far have been; Jersey 22-15 Coventry, Cov 26-19 Bedford, Carnegie 26-66 Cov and Ealing Trailfinders 28-28 Cov. The fact they played a new Carnegie team third and put 66 points past them skews their scoring but they drew with Ealing Trailfinders to put them just above Ealing in the Championship league table.
According to the Coventry Telegraph Cov hauled back a 14-point deficit in the final quarter at Ealing. They did this by, “Darren Dawidiuk (Hooker), Rory Jennings (Fly Half), Max Trimble (Winger) and David Halaifonua (Back Three) scored the tries for the promotion hopefuls, with Will Maisey (Fly Half) successfully kicking all four conversions.
This gave Cov a try bonus point as well as the draw. Apparently, “a turnover with five minutes to play led to a move down the left flank, culminating with Jennings offloading a cross-field kick to Halaifonua to score in the corner…”(Coventry Telegraph) Interesting to note that their local paper dubbed them promotion hopefuls, hence their massive investment in their squad.
Coventry rugby club obviously have aspirations for a great season because, “…Purdy will become Coventry Rugby’s sixth Gallagher Premiership signing, and the eighth player from either the Premiership or the Guinness PRO14 to sign on at the club….” (www.rugbypass.com)
Someone must be funding them well if they can sign six Premiership players plus install a new 3G pitch! This has been confirmed by the Coventry Telegraph article on their draw with Ealing Trailfinders.
Ex-Knights Jack Ram. Andy Bulamakau and his brother Junior now play for Coventry. All three players are South Sea Islanders and dangerous in attack. Additionally Coventry-born, ex-Knight Flanker Will Owen has returned to his home town and will be able to give them the low-down on the Knights’ coaching techniques and previous strategies. Plus don’t forget the six Premiership or PRO14 signings.
Among other signings is ex-Carnegie No.8 Ryan Burrows who was thorn in the Knights’ side when we played them last season.
Coventry Blues now play on an artificial pitch, “…lay the same surface used by Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park…” (www.coventrytelegraph.net) The pitch at Cardiff Arms Park is a 3G pitch.
Last time out the Knights battled it out to beat Bedford an unconvincing 22-018, let’s make Saturday our first consecutive league win of the season boys.
Griff said on our website, “Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths travels to Coventry on Saturday with no fear as the Knights look for consecutive Championship wins.
“Coventry have invested heavily in their squad, we are hoping to get some troops back, if not we go down with the same group of players that have been battling hard of the last few weeks.”
DONNY, DONNY, DONNY…