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Match PreviewSat 28 Sep

League leaders Oundle were the latest visitors to Webb Ellis Road in what promised to be a tough contest for the Lions. The first quarter was fairly even with two penalties to the Lions and one to the visitors giving the Lions a slender 6-3 advantage.

Oundle took the lead following a powerful maul which resulted in a yellow card for Sam James. The visitors opted for a scrum in front of the uprights, and their number eight drove over from the base for a converted try. With the rain now pouring down a penalty by the visiting fly half drifted well wide, but the resulting 22 drop-out was charged down and this led to another try by the number eight. Again, the kick was unsuccessful but Oundle now led 6-15.

A scintillating break from Phil Reed on halfway looked certain to be a score, but he realised his legs are not quite as quick as they once were. He swung a long pass out to the left where three Lion’s players were unmarked. Unfortunately a combination of the wind and a bad bounce meant the opportunity went begging.

 The second half started in dry conditions and Rugby began to dominate possession and territory and were soon back in the contest following a typical darting run and try by Callum Forsyth. The conversion attempt by Kris McFedries struck the upright, but the visitor’s lead was back to four points.

Lions won a penalty following a lineout ten metres from their line. Callum Forsyth realised the Oundle players were sauntering back not looking, and opted for a quick tap and streaked up to half way. He had Lois Smith with him who would surely have been in for a try, but he sold a dummy and cut inside. Unfortunately the defence had got back and he was tackled ten metres inside Oundle’s half.

Rugby were camped inside the visitor’s 22 for long periods, but Oundle’s defence was strong and Lion’s were unable to penetrate. Callum Forsyth was rightly shown a yellow card for a high tackle and Lions were again down to fourteen players.

 A rare visit into home territory eased the visiting supporter’s growing concerns when they scored a well-worked try from their outside centre. The conversion was successful to restore the visitor’s advantage to eleven points. Three tries conceded by Rugby, all of them when they were down to fourteen players.

Rugby were not giving in, however and were soon pressuring again deep into Oundle’s territory. The visitors conceded five penalties in quick succession close to their try line and a penalty try looked to be on the cards. It never came, but following a series of warnings, a yellow card was eventually shown. With Lions back at full strength, they spurned the penalty from in front of the posts and opted for a scrum. They spun the ball wide but Andy Morrison was forced into touch.

The scoreboard had stopped working in the first half, and with a number of long injury breaks, nobody knew how much time was remaining in the match. Sam James superbly pinched the Oundle throw in and the drive to the line was on. Yet another penalty was conceded by Oundle, and Callum Forsyth took another quick tap and fed Nick Walton on the five metre line. Despite three players on his back, Nick forced his way over under the posts, aided by Josh Lockley, for a well-deserved score. The last action was the conversion by McFedries and Lions at least had a losing bonus point.

Next week Lions travel to Peterborough for a 3pm kick off.

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