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Harris on hand to lift Cov.

BLACKHEATH 27 COVENTRY 27 WINGER Tom Harris bagged his second hattrick of tries in four games as Coventry picked up three valuable points from a pulsating National One game at the Rectory Field.

Leading 17-10 at halftime, Cov went behind twice in a see-saw second half before getting back on terms and holding on under intense pressure as Blackheath camped on their line in the closing moments.

"I've told the lads that I'm proud of that performance," said rugby director Phil Maynard.

"The lads put their bodies on the line today and to come away with three points is great."

Playing into a stiff breeze, Cov dominated the opening period to establish a 17-3 lead before conceding a penalty try from Blackheath's first threatening attack after 38 minutes.

Left wing Harris claimed an excellent opening try on 11 minutes after centre Jack Green opened up the home defence.

Danny Richards failed to convert but Cov continued to take the game to their hosts and the fullback went over for their second try, again unconverted, after 18 minutes.

Convert Sam Windsor replied with a penalty, but Cov went in for their third try on the half-hour when Brett Daynes finished off a spell of pressure, Richards this time converting. Daynes was injured in the process, Sam Herrington coming on as replacement, and Blackheath had the final word of the half when they were awarded a penalty try when a maul collapsed on the line, Windsor converting from under the posts. Blackheath came back out in a determined mood and tries in quick succession from front-row pair Jack Knight and James Cleverly put them in front for the first time at 20-17.

A Harris try, again unconverted, put Coventry back in front but three minutes later Alastair Vanner powered over for Windsor to convert.

Cov refused to buckle, however, and Harris ran on to a clever kick from Elliot Read to complete his hat-trick, Lee Audis missing the conversion as Cov's kicking woes cost them victory.

B'HEATH: tries: Knight, Cleverly, Vanner penalty try; conversions: Windsor (2); penalty: Windsor. COVENTRY: tries: Harris (3), Richards, Daynes; conversion: Richards.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 27, 2011
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