Lions Fight hard Sat 06 Jan

Lion’s resumption of league action after the festive season saw a visit to Moseley Oak who had only played two home games prior to this match. The omens were not good for the visitors with several key players absent though injury including Sam Herrington, Liam Munro and Aidan Parkinson. Alex Tansley was shown a yellow card almost straight from the kick-off and Lion’s defence looked paper thin. During his absence Moseley scored three tries through their speedy wingers to make the game almost out of reach after only fifteen minutes of play. A swinging arm forced prop Wilsher-Aikin to be replaced by Dave Nurse and when Addleton picked up a collar bone injury the game went to uncontested scrums and Lion’s had to play the remainder of the match with fourteen players.

A lost ball by Lion’s on their 22 resulted in the bonus point try for Moseley, and in the build up to the try, Jack Brenchley was injured and had to leave the field forcing Daniel Parrington to scrum half. Lion’s had picked up their game a little, and appeared to have stemmed the flow, until another break from their own half, saw the Moseley left winger score under the posts for their fifth try to make the half time score 31-0.

The visiting supporters were fearing a cricket score, but with the freezing wind at their backs in the second half, the Lion’s picked up their game and were rewarded with a try of their own when Stuart Lee ran through some weak defence to score under the uprights, converted by Dave Weston.

Daniel Parrington took a quick tap following a penalty to Lion’s for not releasing the ball on their 22 and a lovely dink and chase saw him clean through on his own with the ball just over the try line. Incredibly, in attempting the touchdown he knocked the ball on and the golden chance wasted.

In a carbon copy of his previous quick tap and chip ahead, Parrington this time got his hand on the ball from a much more difficult chance. The conversion was missed to leave the score at 31-12. Lions were showing tremendous spirit, and following a break by Weston, Alex Tansley crashed over for their third try. Again the conversion attempt drifted wide. If only that knock-on over the try line was avoided Lion’s would have claimed a try bonus point and that seemed very unlikely at half time.

A very spirited performance in the second half by Rugby considering they played virtually the whole game with fourteen men.

Next week the Lions are at home to Worcester for a 2:15pm kick-off.

Let’s hope we can get some of the injured players fit in time for that one.  


Final score: -   Moseley Oak 31 Rugby Lions 17 

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