Lions out class CamphillSat 24 Mar

Rugby visited Camp Hill in what was the most crucial fixture of the season, with a Lion's defeat seeing them drop into the relegation zone. Following nine straight defeats, Lion's faithful band of supporters who travelled in hope rather than expectation were to witness a fully committed performance from their side which saw them outscore the home team by six tries to one and rack up their biggest points haul of the season.

Right from the kick-off Lion's desire and intensity was on a different level from recent weeks and they were soon on the scoreboard with a penalty by Weston. Alex Tansley was first to cross the whitewash after fourteen minutes following a series of strong drives by the pack. Dave Weston added the extras for a ten point lead.

Camp Hill responded strongly but were unable to find the precision needed to break through Lion's defence. Half-backs Curtis and Higgins were combining well and Fijian full-back Bituwaqa looked dangerous whenever he had the ball. When the home side did eventually break the Lion's defence they were denied the try with the final pass deemed to be forward.

They were rewarded shortly after however when a huge gap in Lion's defence allowed a simple run through for a converted try. Another penalty by Dave Weston extended Lion's lead to six points and straight from the restart a strong run and chip ahead from Herrington almost reached the try line before the ball was shipped left down the back line for Ash Williams to touch down. The conversion attempt failed to find the mark to leave the half time score at 7-18 to Rugby.

The home side started the second period strongly and were rewarded with a penalty to reduce the arrears. Camp Hill were attempting to run the ball from deep in their own half, and great vision by Stuart Lee enabled a simple intercept and straight forward try. With the Lions having a penalty advantage on the home 22, a deft chip across to the left wing by Weston saw Lee gratefully accept the opportunity to give Lions the four try bonus point. Weston converted from the touch line to extend the lead to twenty points.

To their credit, Camp Hill came back strongly and were camped on Lion's line for some time but unable to apply the finishing touch. Lions won possession on their own line, and a lovely series of strong runs by Munro, Tansley, subs Diston and Burenivalu resulted in Sam Herrington diving over from a ruck from a metre out. The conversion was missed but Lion's victory was secure. A penalty by Weston further extended Lion's lead before Wilsher-Aitkin gleefully crashed over near the uprights. The successful conversion ended the game for a vital and well deserved victory. The final score-line may have flattered the Lion's a little, but it was an abject lesson in how to take your chances.   

Next week the Lions have no game, the next fixture being home to second placed Dudley Kingswinford on 4th April for a 3:00pm kick-off.


Final score:-   Camp Hill 10  Rugby Lions 45 

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