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A GOOD way to return from the mid-season break was director of rugby Rowland Winter’s assessment of Coventry Rugby’s 52-5  win over Old Albanian.

Cov scored eight tries, taking them past the 100 mark for the season, as they recorded their 16th straight win and are now 18 points clear at the top of National League One.

“There were a couple of things I was really pleased about, and the scoreline, 50-odd points, when you look at what we did at their place is a nice return,” said Winter.

“It’s disappointing that we conceded a try to them, we were a bit sloppy and fell asleep for that small period of time, but we had a number of players in that team who have picked up really valuable game time, and we’ve rested two or three of our senior ‘old boys’ who will be raring to go next week when we have a really tough game against Blackheath.

“We didn’t really get into top gear, but we weren’t allowed to because of the stop-start nature of the game which wasn’t allowed to flow, so for us to get 52 points and eight tries from a game like that, and the first game after Christmas, is really good.

“The boys have come back after the break with a fantastic attitude and trained really well – they all want to play their part in this journey, they all want to get on the pitch, and they won’t let anything let them down, so they’re raring to go. We’ve got 14 games to go, starting at Blackheath, and I’m sure they’ll train hard again next week.

“Selection has been tough all year, but we’ve got to work with that and make sure we pick the right people for the right game and make sure we’ve got the right combinations on the pitch. Today we had some different combinations that didn’t necessarily complement each other, but it was a good opportunity to look at them and develop a few things.”