Late rally earns bonus in heavy loss

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A mixture of lacklustre play by some Wharfedale players, coupled with superb use of possession by Coventry, led to the hosts winning 53-26.

Wharfedale scored one try to Coventry’s six in the first half and trailed 43-5. The tries were scored by Gareth Turner, William Hurrell, Callum McBurnie, Thomas Poole, Dominic Lespierre and Matthew Paice. Cliffie Hodgson converted five. Taylor Prelle scored the only unconverted try for Wharfedale.

Wharfedale squandered what possession they had with a combination of handling errors and poor control at the lineout.

The bench was brought on at half-time and this led to a resurgence. Dale dominated territory and gained a valuable bonus point for scoring four tries. Tom Burridge and Scott Jordan (2) crossed as well as adding three conversions before Coventry scored 10 more points.