Lions 17 Worcester 34Sat 13 Jan

The latest visitors to Webb Ellis Road were Worcester who were six points behind Rugby in 10th position in the league table.

Lions started well and put Worcester under pressure from the off. A loose clearance kick by the visitors was taken by Adam Attenborough on half way and he set off on a diagonal run to link up with his fellow backs. The ball was expertly shipped along the line to enable Scott Truslove to touch down in the right hand corner. The difficult conversion attempt failed to hit the target.

Shortly after, Sam Herrington, playing at number eight, picked up from a scrum before setting off on a charge and feeding Attenborough for another try for the home side. This time Weston’s conversion sailed over the bar to give Lions a healthy looking twelve point lead. Lions were looking sharp and were testing the visitor’s defence to the extreme. At this point, things started to go awry for Rugby and a series of errors enabled the strong running Worcester backs to gain confidence and reverse the tide to put the pressure on the home side. Some very weak tackling enabled Worcester to run in three tries in quick succession in the second quarter, all of which were converted to give them a half time lead of 12-21.

The second half saw the trend continue with no lack of effort from the Lions, but their execution was poor, and the confidence seemed to drain away as the game progressed. An early penalty for Worcester extended their lead, and numerous penalties were awarded against Rugby. One of these lead to a throw-in five metres out, and from the resulting maul the Worcester number eight was allowed to stroll over the try-line with no Lion’s player in sight. The conversion gave the visitors a commanding nineteen point lead.

Things were beginning to get a bit spicy with several bouts of handbags off the ball and numerous lectures from the referee. Worcester have a set of very experienced street-wise players and it was the Lion’s who seemed to be on the receiving end of the bulk of the advice. With Rugby awarded a rare penalty, just inside the visitor’s half, the ball was put in touch for the throw. The trade mark catch and drive was expected, but Alex Tansley picked up and headed for the posts. His run was held up just short and the ruck was formed. With the ball presented and ready for the next phase, the Worcester number 13 came round and kicked the ball out and rightly received a yellow card – remarkably the first and only in the match.

Another line-out and drive was held inches short, but off the ball the Worcester hooker grabbed John Hemsley as he tried to support, and that resulted in another punch-up, although no more cards. Lion’s had the final say when Sam Herrington picked up from the five metre scrum to crash over. Another disappointing result, with yet more injuries sustained. The first priority for next week’s visit to a rejuvenated Stoke will be to field 18 fit players.



Final score:-   Rugby Lions 17  Worcester 34

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