Rugby Union

Army Lose Out By A Point In Thrilling Coventry Encounter

A 22-21 loss at the Championship side comes just three weeks before the Army's Inter Services rugby union opener against the RAF.

The British Army have lost to Championship side Coventry by just a point in an exciting match at Butts Road.

A 22-21 loss is the Army's final pre-season match in England before their Inter Services opener in Gloucester.

Head coach Major Burnie Burnard said his players have given him "plenty to think about" before he names his Inter Services squad next week.

Coventry took the lead inside the first ten minutes when Paul Walls went over in a bit of space in the Army defence.

However, the military side hit back quickly with two tries in as many minutes.

Jon Daveitanivalu's juggling hands allowed him to hold on to the ball long enough to score and James Dixon converted the kick.

Jake Richards was next over after a stunning Army break with Dixon scoring again with the conversion.

The Army's Jon Daveitanivalu nearly dropped the pass, but recovered to score the Army's first try of the match.

James Martin took advantage of an Army mistake to score, but the Forces side led 14-10 at half-time.

In the second half, Coventry showed their class and took control of the contest with two early tries.

Morgan Dayes and Louis Brown scored with Dan Lewis only converting one of the kicks.

Harlequins player Lloyd Wheeldon came off the bench for the Army and scored a stunning individual try on the break to reduce the deficit.

Dixon made it three from three with the conversions, but it wasn't enough as the Army lost by a point.

They are now planning a warm weather training camp in Portugal, before returning to the UK to face the RAF at Gloucester on 4 April.