Leeds 34 Coventry 0
The result was perhaps predictable at the end of a turbulent week for Coventry off the field but they at least left Headingley with their heads held high.
In-form Leeds were just too sharp in deed and thought from the opening whistle and it was a match that they were never going to lose.
But Coventry's performance lacked nothing in effort. They dug deep with a show of brave resistance to limit their hosts to five tries in total and a scoreless last quarter when they might so easily have folded. It was no more than forwards coach Dave Addleton could have asked for from his players, given the events of the previous few days.
"I take my hat off to them after the week we have had," said the former Coventry hooker, in charge in the lead-up to yesterday's match following the suspension of head coach Mike Umaga.
"They stuck at it when they could have rolled over, and the commitment was there.
"Leeds are a well-drilled side, really strong in the tackle area and rock solid in defence, but we made them work and had good performances throughout the team.
"We perhaps didn't hold on to the ball as well as we might have done but I can't fault anyone.
"We've got to get on with it, work our way through what is happening, and look ahead to next week's game against Sedgley Park."
Coventry trailed 15-0 after a first half in which they had periods of possession but never looked like breaking down a well-organised home defence.
Leigh Hinton opened the scoring on ten minutes with a 30-metre penalty for offside and then converted when prop Mike MacDonald twice knocked on in promising positions before finally picking up at a ruck to dive over the line.
Coventry continued to defend stoutly and counter when they could, with Tom Johnson and Ben Russell being prominent. But they were under pressure in the scrum and when Alun Wyn Davies was penalised for the second time, Leeds stretched their cover on both flanks before MacDonald crossed for his second try on an overlap on the left of the field.
Centre Kieran Geraghty, making his first start after a lengthy injury break, and Wyn Davies went off with knocks in stoppage time, joining lock Dave Campton who suffered a rib injury in the first five minutes.
After a brief attacking flourish at the start of the second half, Coventry conceded three tries in a 12-minute burst to winger Richard Welding and centre Tom Rock, who cut through twice to the posts for Hinton to convert.
But the scoring ended there amid a welter of team changes as Coventry lifted themselves for one final effort to keep the scoreline to reasonable proportions.
LEEDS: Hinton; Welding, Rock, Hepworth, Holtby; Vasey (Tuilagi, 51), Edwards (Rauluni, 59); MacDonald (Paul, 59), Rawlinson (Parkes 63), Noon (Cusack, h/t), Hooper, Myall (Bouza, 53), Dunbar (Bryan, 59), Lock, Oakley.
COVENTRY: Russell; Takarangi, Sanders (Dixon, 61), Geraghty (Binham ,40), K Johnson (Toft, 64); Dorrian, Walls (James, 59); Wyn Davies (Treston, 40), Protherough (Friswell, 51), Brits, Campton (Tonkin, 5), Nimmo, T Johnson, O'Connor, Rheeders.