Coventry Welsh 17 Woodrush 36
Midlands Three West (South)
WOODRUSH began their away league campaign in winning fashion with a bonus point victory at their newly-promoted hosts on Saturday.
A young Woodrush side were without numerous regulars but, under the guidance of newly-appointed coach Keith Beech who has made the move from Alcester, the visitors started the game brightly down the slope.
With the wind at their backs, they applied pressure immediately. Energetic lock forward Jordan Harvey-Gill opened the scoring from a fine drive narrow from good scrum possession which Carl Bucknall converted easily.
First receiver Fran Pugh followed up with a dart through the line on 12 minutes wide out and the Rush found themselves dominant and in control.
A sweeping move from left to right found James Evans in space and he brushed off three tackles to score from 60 metres out close to the posts, which Bucknall easily chipped over.
Welsh battered back though their strong but ageing pack, yet Woodrush again found space and Tom Waters darted through following several waves of attack to seal the scoring bonus point after half an hour.
The heavens then opened and the game became much more error-strewn and the sides turned round with Woodrush 26 points to the good.
With the conditions now with them, the home team kept the ball tight and managed to grind out a score from a driven lineout to give themselves some hope.
However, a similar tactic after the kick-off saw strong away defence and the spilled ball fell into the hands of Evans who sprinted the length of the field to score between the posts.
Further forays up the sharp slope by the impressive away pack resulted in a penalty kick by Bucknall which extended the visitors’ lead.
The remainder of the game involved a red card for Welsh which was the least of it from a Woodrush perspective and could have been at least two more.
Welsh bagged two more tries but had stopped playing rugby for much of it and the visiting side were content to take the bonus point spoils.
This was a good win for the Rush on the road and a strong platform to build from. There is more Coventry opposition in the form of Dunlop on Saturday at Icknield Field.