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Match Report – Caldy 18 – Coventry 27
Despite three tries in the second half Caldy were unable to complete a comeback against Coventry. Caldy started the brighter of the two sides and were unlucky to go behind just minutes into the game when Australian Patrick Pellegrini scored a penalty after just two minutes which was quickly cancelled out by a Ben Jones penalty.
For the next quarter of the game Caldy dominated the visitors and were unlucky not to go over on several occasions.
With the home side not able to break through, the visitors struck after a lineout and the ball was driven over by Suva Ma’asi.
The Midlander’s got into their stride and scored a second try after 27 minutes when Lucas Titherington fed the ball to Shea Cornish.
Cornish scored again after an effective lineout and crashed over which saw Coventry gain a healthy 17-point advantage at half time.
The visitors came out firing in the second half and secured the try bonus point seven minutes after the restart when Will Rigg crossed after another successful lineout.
Caldy sparked into life with JJ Dickinson going over for the home side’s first try of the afternoon after 55 minutes.
With ten minutes remaining and Coventry having two players in the sin bin, Caldy turned the screw and after great play from Dan Bibby and Rhys Hayes, Elliott Gourlay went over for one of the best tries of the weekend to give a glimmer of hope to the home fans.
With five minutes remaining hope of an unlikely Caldy comeback grew when the ball swept wide to Louis Beer and after beating the winger he fed the ball to Gourlay for his second try of the afternoon.
The clock then became Caldy’s biggest opponent and despite a huge effort the team were unable to secure the losing bonus point in the dying minutes.
The League takes a break for the month of November and in its place is the Championship Cup with Caldy facing Ampthill in the first of back-to-back home games in Pool C of the competition with the reverse fixtures being in February 2023. The three pool winners and the best placed runners up will advance to the April Semi Finals.
With the clocks going back last weekend kick off on Saturday will be 2pm.
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