Match ReportSat 16 Nov

With Derby’s pitch unfit for play, the fixture was reversed and Derby visited Webb Ellis Road for the latest round of league fixtures. With the visitors currently undefeated, this promised to be a very tough encounter.

With new signing Dan Hay at number four, Lions started well and could have had two tries in the first ten minutes but for a knock-on a metre from the try line and the vagaries of a rolling rugby ball just evading the hand of Daniel Parrington.

They did however take the lead with a well-worked try from a scrum thirty metres out. Chris Wood picked up from the base, and some lovely interplay between Gledson and Morrison saw Gledson dive over for the try. Chris McFedries converted for a seven point lead.

The visitors responded with a good try of their own when the ball was shipped down the back line following a catch and drive. The conversion was successful to tie the score. In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Derby scored another try in the left corner to take the lead although the conversion was missed. Despite being the better side in the first half, Lions trailed 7-12 at half time.

Lions started the second half in a similar fashion, dominating territory, but unable to find the cutting edge when it mattered. Injuries to Mike Howe and Chris McFedries meant a reshuffle in the backs with Parrington moving to full back and Josh Lockley to wing.

Lion’s lineout, which up to then had been excellent, then went astray big time, with the opposition stealing five in a row and starving the Lions of possession. It was almost as though they had worked out the lineout calls and new exactly where the ball was going. The momentum was now with the visitors, and it was no surprise when they crossed the line for their third try which was converted to make the score 7-19 with fifteen minutes still to play.

All the play now was in Lion’s half and the home side were defending manfully. They managed to keep out the visitors and prevent them from gaining the try bonus point. Derby deserved their victory, but it proves that Rugby can compete with the best in this division, and with more clinical finishing, results can only improve.



 Next week Lions face local rivals Lutterworth at Webb Ellis Road for a 2.15pm kick off.


Final score :-  Rugby Lions 7  Derby 19


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