The Rugby Lions squad of 23 Under17’s journeyed over to Holland last weekend with parents and coaches.  Dressed in their very best beach wear,  the party left Webb Ellis Road bound for Haarlem where they set up base camp.  The first of two matches was a return match against Rotterdam and this proved to be a one-sided affair resulting in a resounding win for The Rugby Lions.

Final Score: Rotterdam 0pts  :  The Rugby Lions 75pts.

The Lions squad then went “White water rafting” to chill out!!!

The second match was held under floodlights in a rugby club near Amsterdam against a formidable XV from the British School in the Netherlands (BSN).  This team has a fine reputation for being the strongest side at this age in Holland.  Like the Lions U17’s they are currently top of their league and had also not been defeated this season and were in need of some formidable opposition.  At first sight they looked to be a well drilled and determined team to be matched against.  During the first half BSN fell away after an early penalty and Lions put 20 points on the board.  The second half was a closer scoreless affair as BSN stuck to their task well and this made some strong defending from Lions necessary to keep their “Tour clean sheet” intact.


Match Reports:

Rotterdam 0 pts  : The Rugby Lions 75pts

Lions got into scoring mode right from kick off, with a break through try after only 2 minutes from Chris Easton. Try’s came every few minutes from Tom Kimberley, Ashley Moore, Luke Hibberd, Luke Townsend, Sam Hartley and a second from Tom Kimberly conversions from Luke Townsend and Adam Jones.  The half time score was 39 Nil.

Lions kept up the relentless pressure in the second half with six more tries from Jamie Whiteside, Adam Jones, Luke Hibberd, Tom Marshall-Leigh, Josh Cooke and Jack Taylor conversion kicks from Danny Hunter, Josh Cooke (x2) which took the Lions final tally to 75 Nil. 

British School of the Netherlands vs The Rugby Lions U17’s

Final Score: BSN 3pts: Lions 20pts

This match was predicted as a challenging game for both teams as neither had lost a match this season.   It was not an easy game for the Lions although they did manage to get on top in the first half. Early heavy tackling by the Lions took BSN by surprise due to its sheer ferocity.  Lions conceded an early penalty to allow BSN their only score in the game.  After this Lions raised their game and piled on the pressure resulting in a scorching try from Luke Hibberd 15 minutes running in from way back behind the Lions line of defence.   A penalty gave Josh Cooke a chance to kick for another 3 points.  At twenty two minutes in Sam Hartley scored a try after a remarkable sprint up the edge of the pitch to put down in the corner.  Jamie Whiteside scored the final try of the match which Josh Cooke converted.

Halftime Score: BSN 3pts: Lions 20pts

All credit to BSN as they tried hard to get back into the game in the second half forcing Lions back to defend their try line after Lions had conceded three penalties yet still Lions determination prevented BSN from scoring. The second half was a much closer affair and BSN did well to prevent the Lions from scoring again.

Final Score: BSN 3pts: Lions 20pts

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