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Reserves Put Out Dragons Fire

Keighley Cougars 56-14 Coventry Dragons Match Report by James Smith (@JamesSmith_LTU)

Coventry Dragons made the trip up north to face Keighley Cougars reserves in a friendly before the first team faced York City Knights.

Cougars got off to a less-than-ideal start, as Second Rower Adam Barnet spun away from a tackle before touching over after only three minutes to open the scoring.

Poor handling from Calvin Barker set Jay Neath in from the free play and he scored a routine try to make the score 10-0.

Cougars eventually did break their duck, though. First team regular, Will Milner broke away and beat the full-back to narrow the scores to 10-6.

A few minutes later, Liam Darville put the Cougars in front with a brilliant breakaway try after being sent through by Aidan Scully.

For a while the game threatened to become scrappy until Graham Rawlinson ran from centre to touch down after slack defending from the Dragons which made it 18-10.

Minutes before half-time, a terrific kick from Liam Darville put Will Milner through to put down under the posts for 24-10.

The second-half started well for the hosts as the impressive Aidan Scully had the freedom of Keighley to score in the corner for 28-10.

Milner and Darville continued their impressive partnership as Milner broke down the centre of the pitch and helped Darville to a simple try and his second, making the scoreline 34-10.

Cougars then effectively resigned the Dragons to their first defeat in nigh on two years, another terrific kick helped Brandon Nassau to his first Keighley try coupled with a terrific touchline kick to make it 40-10.

Moments later, Man of the match Will Milner secured his hat-trick with more than a quarter of the game left as Cougars began to walk over their opponents.

Two tries in quick succession came. First, 16 year-old Josh Smith scored the pick of the tries and shortly after 17 year-old Bradley Clarkson opened his account for the club for 56-10.

Coventry gave the scoreline a more respective look, as George Carlton scored despite Graham Rawlinson’s best effort the thwart him to make the score 56-14.

This defeat was Coventry’s first in almost two years, and Cougars had a good run out before the visit of local rivals Halifax at Cougar Park on Wednesday.

COUGARS: Barker, McConville, Scully, Rawlinson, Smith, Milner, Darville, Kinnaird, Weatherill, Price, Nassau, Connell, Clarkson. Interchanges: Brown, Williams, Adams.

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