Rugby union
Woodrush win despite late wobble

By Liam Moakes 24/04 Updated: 24/04 15:15

WOODRUSH made heavier weather than was necessary of seeing off Saturday's visitors Old Coventrians but in truth were never troubled as they prevailed 30-24.

The hosts were never behind in this Midlands Three West (South) match and the scoreline makes the encounter look closer than it actually was.

Woodrush tore into Old Coventrians from the off and the visitors continually transgressed, which allowed Steve Smart to punish two of their conceded penalties to put Woodrush 6-0 up.

However, Old Covs came back on the break and narrowed the gap with an unconverted try before full back and captain John Board crossed for Woodrush and Smart converted.

Woodrush went further ahead when winger Lucas Hooper ran in unchallenged and again Smart converted.

Old Covs were determined to keep in touch though and narrowed the gap to 20-12 at the turnaround after sloppy tackling led to a score virtually under the posts.

Woodrush stretched their lead early in the second half when Smart scored a fine solo try and converted it himself before adding another penalty to give Woodrush what seemed to be a virtually unassailable 30-12 lead.

However, in the final quarter, as Woodrush's concentration lapsed, Old Covs scored two more tries - one converted - to give them fresh hope.

It was all too late though as Woodrush clung on for a well deserved victory, albeit with a three tries to four deficit, handing the visitors two bonus points.

Fourth placed Woodrush visit Pinley tomorrow looking to make up further ground on third placed Old Leamingtonians, whose loss at Kings Norton on Saturday leaves them just four points above Woodrush with three matches remaining.

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