Lions Fall shortSat 23 Sep

Rugby Lions made the trip down the M5 to play Worcester Wanderers at their impressive new facilities in the shadow of Sixways.

In bright sunshine, Lions started well and a mazy run by Dave Weston almost put wing Lance  Brook in for a try in the corner, but he was just forced into touch. Lions continued to apply the pressure with the breeze at their backs, but a number of handling errors did not help their cause. With Lions camped in the home 22, a break down the right wing by Daniel Parrington looked like a try, but again the touch line came to Worcester's aid. Rugby's failure to convert pressure into points was highlighted when with their first visit into Lions half, the home team were awarded a penalty which was slotted home. Lions again had the territorial  advantage, but their failure to put points on the board was again highlighted when another excursion into Lions half was rewarded with a penalty awarded for a high tackle to make the half time score 6-0 to Worcester.

With Alex Tansley coming on for the start of the second half, Rugby were straight back on top with Adam Attenborough and Lance Brook both going close. Aidan Parkinson replaced James Wilsher-Aikin at prop, and Tansley, playing in the centre, broke through and looked to put Brook in the corner. Somehow he was held out, but the referee was playing a penalty advantage. Dave Weston converted to reduce the arrears. A bit of niggle was creeping into the game, and following a skirmish the referee failed to see a Worcester player appearing to stamp on a Lion's player's head. A penalty had been awarded to Lions in front of the posts and Dave Weston converted to tie the score. A chip ahead by Weston was cleared by the home fullback who was judged to be tackled late and a penalty was awarded where the ball landed, inside the Lion's 22. This led to a period of pressure by Worcester for the first time in the game, but Lions defended well. A late penalty attempt by the home side from the halfway line was missed, and the referee blew the final whistle after adding no additional time, despite numerous stoppages, injuries and lectures. Not the prettiest of games to watch, but overall, probably a fair result.

Next week sees the Lions host Stoke-on Trent, 3.00pm kick-off.

Final score:-   Worcester 6  Rugby Lions 6

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