Seven tries, five points and not quite the perfect performance but not far off. Things are beginning to look pretty good for Coventry.
A second win in successive weeks, this one delivered with a free-running flourish that one could not help but admire, has lifted Mike Umaga’s men to eighth in National One and set them in good mood for next week’s Mission Improbable at Leeds.
That’s not to worry about now, however. First Umaga and his team should congratulate themselves on a job well done and while they will reflect that the scoreline could have been even more handsomely upholstered, the manner of their scoring — four for the forwards and three for the backs — suggested a team at ease with itself.
They were far too much for beleaguered Waterloo to cope with. This is a side who shipped 77 points against the Tykes last weekend and had Ben Russell’s radar not gone awry in the first half, they could have had another half century put past them yesterday.
As long as the Blundellsands outfit play like this with two to go down from National One Moseley’s Operation Survival looks half done.
But for Coventry this victory and the one over Newbury ten days ago has them looking forward rather than over their shoulder.
It was a success built on their dynamic back row — a well-balanced trio of Tom Johnson, John O’Connor and Will Johnson of deliciously complementary skills.
On this form the Johnson triplets, including winger Kurt, give Coventry a combination of pace and experience in the tight and out wide.
Despite their clear early supremacy it took the hosts 16 minutes to open the scoring by which time Russell — how can a kicker oscillate between Jonny Wilkinson and Johnny Rotten with such apparent ease? — had scuffed his first of four misses.
His first success came after Aaron Takarangi sliced off his wing to take play across the ten-metre line and Ian Nimmo bashed a few yards further in midfield.
The second row was felled but neither Sean Ruwers nor Jon Nugent rolled away afterwards and so the home full back was presented with a simple opportunity.
The first try came three minutes later and typically all three Johnsons were involved. Kurt and Will counterattacked down the right wing from which possession was swept left.
O’Connor popped up for Tom Johnson to draw in the remaining shreds of defence and release the splendid Dave Campton from 25 metres out. The lock covered the distance without a hand being laid on his person.
As if their problems were not enough the visitors then had former Pertemps Bees prop Martin O’Keefe sent to the cooler for killing the ball in the 27th minute.
With the giant loosehead off the pitch Cov ran riot. Five minutes later a second try arrived as Kurt Johnson slashed right to left through the middle of the defence.
His pass out of the tackle was a thing of beauty and gave Tom Johnson more room in which to operate.
This time the blindside was downed and although he looked to have lost control when he hit the deck a team mate was on hand to give Takarangi a simple score. Russell’s attempted conversion barely got above bar-height and was, therefore, his last shot at goal.
The home team weren’t done, though, and when Tom Johnson broke blind with the resultant kick-off he was well supported.
Scrum half Mike Walls appeared on his shoulder, then Alan Wyn Davies steamed by on his to give Kurt Johnson a clear avenue in which to beat Adam Sliczny to the corner. With Myles Dorrian doing the kicking the score was converted and Cov led 20-0.
From that point Waterloo flirted with the notion of a comeback and produced tries from Sean Brady and Dan Loader — rather soft ones Umaga felt.
But the gulf in class between the two sides was always apparent and by the time Wyn Davies was shunted over just short of the hour the result was not in doubt.
With ten minutes left Tom Johnson got the try his display deserved from a cleverly wheeled scrum and by the time Louis Tonkin barged through it was always about how many not if.
"The home fans have been waiting for that for some time," said Umaga afterwards. "I am pleased that we scored the amount of tries we did but also with the fact that some of them were very good ones — down to players doing the basics well, drawing the man and passing and finishing them off."
COVENTRY: Russell; Takarangi, Sanders, Clayton (Binham 53), Johnson K (Dixon 70); Dorrian, Walls (James 66); Wyn-Davies, Protherough (Friswell 67), Brits (Treston 51), Campton, Nimmo (Tonkin 61), Johnson T (Rheeders 73), O’Connor, Johnson W.
WATERLOO: Loader; McGlory, Payne, Brady, Sliczny; Handley, Erskine; O’Keefe, Tyms (Ince 51), Ruwers (Hopgood 70), Nugent (Lyon 64), Townson, Brandling-Harris, Palmer (Hall 51), McKary. Replacements not used: Barry, Smith, Lunt.
Referee: G Copsey (RFU).