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Glorious return for Maddocks.

DONCASTER 14 COVENTRY 17 COVENTRY survived a late scare to record their second Championship win of the season in a tense affair at Castle Park.

After taking the lead through returning prop Dai Maddocks, Cov failed to make a number of chances count and were relieved when home kicker Ali Warnock missed a 40-metre penalty on the final whistle in the tenth minute of added time.

Coventry made a flying start, going in front after four minutes when they dispossessed Doncaster in midfield and moved the ball sharply to Romain Plantey to run in his maiden league try.

Fly-half George Crook converted before Warnock opened Doncaster's account with a 35-metre penalty.

Crook made no mistake with a kick from 38 metres to give Coventry a temporary lead at the end of the opening quarter, but they then let in flanker Adam Kettle to set up a try for Steven McColl, who replaced injured fly-half James Brooks.

Warnock missed the straightforward conversion to leave Coventry with a tenuous 10-8 lead at the break.

Doncaster came out guns blazing for the second half, and penalties from Warnock after 46 and 51 minutes swept them in front.

But Coventry weathered the storm, and after a penalty miss by full-back Ben Russell, the forwards finished off a sweeping break involving Nathan Jones and Ben Pons, with Maddocks burrowing his way over from close range for the winning score, and Russell adding the conversion.

SCORERS: Doncaster - try: McColl; penalties: Warnock (3).

Coventry - tries: Plantey, Maddocks; conversions: Crook, Russell; penalty: Crook
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Date:Oct 11, 2009
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