Match ReportSat 21 Dec

For their last game in 2019, Rugby Lions travelled the short distance down the M1 to face Old Northamptonians. The early exchanges were fairly even, but the home side were first on the scoreboard when a penalty on Lion’s 22 failed to find touch. The ball was worked wide by the home side, and the try was scored in the right corner.

Despite missing Nuttall and Field, Lion’s pack were gaining the upper hand up front, and opted for a scrum when the home side were penalised ten metres from their own try line. The drive was good and Phil Reed dived over the line to tie the score. The conversion failed to find the target.

Straight from the restart, strong runs from Nick Walton and Andy Morrison enabled Phil Reed to feed right wing Andy Bowyer for a lovely try in the right hand corner. Kris McFedries converted superbly to give the Lions a 5-12 half time lead.

If Lions had the upper hand in the first period, the momentum swung heavily in ON’s favour in the second. Playing with the slope advantage, they put the visitors under severe pressure and soon tied the score thanks to their lively backs.

With their tails up, the home side took the lead when their number seven strolled through to touch down under the uprights.

ON’s even began to gain the upper hand up front, and increased their lead to 12-26 with another converted try following a catch and drive.

With time running out, Lion’s eventually managed to apply some pressure of their own with some powerful drives from the pack. A series of penalties conceded by the home side on their own try line eventually resulted in a yellow card for their number eight. Another drive was deemed to be held up over the line, but Lions were determined to score and when another catch and drive was blatantly pulled down, the referee awarded a penalty try and blew the whistle to end the contest.

A losing bonus point for Rugby was at least some reward for their efforts.


The next game for the Lions is on Jan 4th at Webb Ellis Road against Olney, kick off 2.15pm.


Final Score:-  Old Northamptonians 26 Rugby Lions 19

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