Nuneaton predictably fell to their ninth defeat of the season against league leaders Manchester by seven tries to three, paying the penalty for a high unforced error count and some horribly flimsy defence.
Despite the admirable efforts of Glenn Southwell, Jody Peacock and Aaron Takarangi, Nuns have been unable to compensate for the loss of Lee Parry to Coventry, Gareth Cull and Phil Reed to Cambridge, Tristan Prosser-Shaw to Rugby Lions, Stu Gibson to retirement and John Munro to long-term injury.
Nuns made a lively start, but their first turnover of possession led to their first offence, and hooker Henry Platt was grounded in the ensuing penalty line-out drive for Manchester to lead 5-0 after four minutes.
From a concerted Nuns attack, fly half Rob Cook equalised by making his own gap, but sliced the conversion badly, and when they lost the ball again Manchester winger Gareth Wynne converted his own try on the counter.
The fifth kicker this season trying to replace prolific Cull, lock Ben Griffiths, thumped over a 35-yard penalty, but three successive Nuns line outs were not straight, and Cook's punted penalties went either dead or laterally without making yardage.
Another Nuns turnover and another Manchester try by prop Marshal Gadd in support of his backs made their half-time lead 17-8 and, collecting the re-start, Nuns kicked to Manchester, who put fly half Richard Wainwright in, Wynne converting.
Winger Takarangi ran in a Nuns try from 60 yards - it would have been a solo one had he not exchanged passes with flanker Gary Holmes - Griffiths converted, but Manchester were scoring at will, both full back Ben Coulbeck and winger Andy Vilk skipping in.
A 40-yard surge by full back Peacock put Holmes over for Nuns' third try before Manchester had the last word, Wainwright capitalising on a knock-on with his second score.