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WHAT a great start to the pre-season for Coventry – winners of the Olney 7s, and Will Maisey named player of the tournament!

Beaten 24-17 by Bees Rugby in their opening pool game, the A squad of Nile Dacres, Heath Stevens, Scott Tolmie, Brett Daynes, Pete White, Maisey, Rob Knox, James Stokes, Max Trimble, Alex Grove, Ben Palmer, Cliffie Hodgson and Tom Jubb upped their performance as the day went on to reach the final where they avenged last season’s defeat by Ilkley, coming out on top 36-24.

A narrow 14-12 win over Sherrards Assassins and a 31-17 victory against Bedford Ath Elites secured second place in their pool and a place in the quarter-finals, where a late, late try clinched  26-21 win and a semi-final against HW Green Dragon who were duly despatched 26-5.

The Development Academy Nighthawks squad competed well all day before going out in the semi-finals of the plate competition.

A fantastic day all round, congratulations to everyone involved, and thanks to all the Cov fans who travelled down and gave much appreciated support to the lads.