Nottingham lost their final pre-season game as Coventry
earned victory by a single point courtesy of a late
Both sides took the opportunity to give time on the field to as
many of their players as possible, with replacements (or
"interchanges" as the Coventry PA announcer insisted on calling
them) a constant feature.
Consequently it was difficult for either to establish any real
pattern, and much of the play was disjointed, but there were
positives for both.
Converted tries from Vilame Iongi and Brent Wilson saw the sides
go in at half time level at fourteen points apiece.
Three penalties took the Green and Whites clear at 23-14, but a
late try from the home side brought them back to within a couple of
The closing minutes were tense and anxious, and when Coventry
won a penalty they duly took the lead.
Nottingham threw everything into attack to try and force any kind
of score and win the game.
Two penalties came their way. From the first they opted for a
scrum retake but could not make it count. From the second they
opted for a kick at goal, only to miss.