Match ReportSat 12 Oct

Round six of this season’s campaign saw Rugby Lions travel to West Bridgford. With the three main jumpers, Chris Wood, Josh Lockley and Sam James all missing, the omens for the line-outs was not looking good, and this proved to be the case throughout the game.

The home side were much the sharper out of the blocks and with the Lions losing their first lineout five metres out, the pressure from West’s pack eventually told with a converted try after three minutes. An unstoppable catch and drive doubled the home side’s lead, but Lion’s responded well, and a number of drives were repelled until fullback Andy Bowyer dived over in the left corner. From the restart Nick Walton was shown a yellow card for clearing out an opponent with his shoulder. A very harsh decision as it wasn’t dangerous and you see this at almost every ruck.

Phil Reed reduced the arrears with a penalty before the home side’s lively backs put together a good move to score in the right hand corner. The conversion restored West’s healthy lead to 21-8. The try bonus point followed shortly after with another try in the right hand corner, although this time the conversion was wide.

Rugby scored their second try following a short lineout when Nick Walton returned the ball to thrower Louis Addleton (who was playing at number six) to scamper over in the corner. Phil Reed’s conversion attempt from the touchline struck the upright and bounced out

A penalty conceded by Rugby for a high tackle led to another catch and drive try for the home side which converted to make the halftime score 33-13.

Lions started the second half strongly and Ben Nuttall looked to have scored but the ball was deemed to be held up. With the home side defending desperately, four penalties were conceded in quick succession on their own try line, but no action was taken.

A lovely combination between Andy Morrison and Mike Howe got to within ten metres before the supporting Martin Wood took over for an excellent try near the uprights. Kris McFedries, who had come on at half time for the injured Phil Reed, converted.

Lions were applying the pressure now looking for the fourth try and a consolation bonus point, but the home defence was proving a hard nut to crack. Then the referee spotted something no-one else did and Nick Walton was shown a second yellow card and consequently red.

The numerical disadvantage effectively ended Lion’s hopes and two more converted tries for the home side completed the scoring. 


Next week the Lions entertain league leaders Syston for a 3.00pm Kick off.


Final Score:-  West Bridgford 47 Rugby Lions 20


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