Heat 4: 1 Tinnock
Blaze, 2 Tantallons Kay, 3 Borna Gem, 4 Locnamon Bridie,5 Drumurrer Vixen, 6 Shabby Go Chic (w).
Of those who have left, Michael Mika (he has returned to Samoa), Mark Tinnock
(back to New Zealand), Julian Horrobin (Stourbridge), Tigger Dawson (Whitchurch) and Louis Criscuolo are the most notable.
Curtis, who has played 193 first-team games for Cov, was the choice of the supporters as the player of last season and takes over as skipper following Mark Tinnock
's return to New Zealand.
The first example of uncontrolled aggression saw Cov skipper Mark Tinnock
sinbinned on 50 minutes.
COVENTRY: Mitchell, Johnson, Mather, Martin (Brocklehurst 35), McLean, Criscuolo, Handley, Mika, McMurray(Addleton 60), Siveter (Hadfield 60), Gulliver, Tinnock
, Horrobin, Collins (Brady 46), Brooke.
But the Midlanders were still too strong for Sale, who took a surprise lead after 10 minutes with a try from lock Mark Tinnock
, converted by the Fijian international Nicky Little.
SALE bring Andy Whittle into their squad following the loss of second row Chris Murphy with a broken leg, and he will compete with Dave Baldwin and New Zealander Mark Tinnock
for a place in the starting line- up.
Meanwhile, the valuable Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks got under way at Newbridge on Friday and fastest winner was Dennis Smyth's Donanes Facebook as she flew from traps and won by eight lengths from Tinnock
Blaze in 28.59sec.
Former Coventry lock Mark Tinnock
has had his appeal against a sixweek suspension imposed for a stamping offence rejected by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunal.
Coventry lock Mark Tinnock
had his appeal against a six week suspension imposed for a stamping offence rejected by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunal.
Coventry were rarely out of their own half in the first 40 minutes and had skipper Mark Tinnock
in the sin-bin for 10 of those, but they defended stubbornly to turn round with a 7-6 lead courtesy of a superb try from flanker Shaun Brady and a Luke Smith conversion against two penalties from Pritchard.
COVENTRY: M Davies, Johnson, Brocklehurst, Martin, John, Criscuolo, Handley (Dawson 51), Siviter, Addleton, Graham, Whitley 32), Tinnock
, Crofts, Collins (Koloi 49), Brooke (Horrobin 56).