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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Tyne sent to Coventry as they embark on tough series of games

AFTER two weeks of twiddling their thumbs because of the weather, Tynedale hope to return to action tomorrow at Coventry.

It’s the start of a challenging spell for Tynedale, with four of the next five games away from home.

It’s 25 years ago this week that Tynedale enjoyed what many still regard as their finest hour, holding then first division Coventry to a 7-6 scoreline in an epic John Player Cup match.

Since those heady days, Tynedale’s fortunes have risen, while Coventry are no longer the force they were when England golden boy David Duckham graced their back division.

They are now both in SSE National League Division One, with Coventry doing slightly better at the moment.

The Midlanders have won the last three encounters with Tynedale, including a dramatic 23-22 win at Corbridge in October with a last minute touchline conversion.

The Butts Park Arena men are on something of a roll at the moment, having won three in a row against Cinderford (29-12), Cambridge (21-41) and Loughborough Students (6-27).

They have a good home record with six wins and a draw, their only two defeats coming against top two Ealing Trailfinders and Blaydon.

They have scored a total of 49 tries and have the best defence in the league, leaking a miserly 42 tries.

Their talented fly-half, Cliffy Hodgson is second in the National One points scoring table on 183, including 39 conversions and 26 penalties.

Tynedale play their rearranged match at Cinderford next Saturday, with the Saturday’s postponed home game against bottom club Cambridge rescheduled for March 16.

The next home match is against Rosslyn Park on February 16.