Coventry ran away with the victory on Boxing Day, showcasing their quality as they scored five tries to leapfrog their visitors Nottingham in the league table.

As soon as James Martin got over the line to open the scoring in the first ten minutes, Coventry never looked like surrendering their lead. Patrick Pellegrini and Tobi Wilson both got on the scoresheet before Nottingham got off the mark through David Williams after half an hour.

A successful penalty from Pellegrini right before half time extended the home side’s lead to 15 points heading into the break.

Alex Rae’s team came out for the second half and picked up right where they left off, as after Ellis Mee was sent to the sin bin they capitalised on their extra man to drive a maul over the line for the bonus point score.

Nottingham got their second try of the game with a driving maul of their own soon after though, with Jack Dickinson pushing his way over the line.

However, Coventry hit back almost immediately, as Martin broke through the Nottingham defensive line to go half the length of the pitch and score his second of the game.

Scott Hall bundled his way over the line after a nice attacking move to score a consolation try for the Green and Whites in the last ten minutes, but Pellegrini had the last word, slotting a penalty in the final minute to put a bow on a big win for Coventry.

Nottingham still sit nicely in fifth place in the league, but don’t play again until they welcome London Scottish to the Bay on the 12th of January. Coventry, meanwhile will be on the road on New Year’s Day as they face off against Bedford Blues at Goldington Road.