Lions lose to stourbridgeSat 14 Oct

Following last weekend’s exit from the Warwickshire cup at the hands of Sutton Coldfield, Rugby Lions were back in league action with a visit to Stourbridge Lions. Liam Munroe started his first game for Rugby this season, although Sam Herrington was on the touch line carrying a slight injury. The home side took an early lead with two penalties inside ten minutes. Dave Watson pulled one back, following good pressure from the pack to reduce the deficit to three.

 Kicking out of hand seemed to be the order of the day with the home side pinning Rugby in their own half. In contrast, Rugby’s apparent inability to cope with the wind at their backs meant that three or four kicks from their own half crossed the dead ball line to put the pressure back on themselves. A typical storming run from Alex Tansley, who had come on as a sub, was ended as the support was too slow in arriving, and a penalty for holding on was awarded. A further penalty for Stourbridge increased their lead, and in the final play of the first period, a well-worked converted try made the half time score 16-3.

Rugby started the second half well, but their usually dominant pack was being held well, and the handling precision was lacking. The welcome early season directive for referees to cut out backchat seems to be waning, as the constant goading and appealing went unpunished throughout the game.

When Stourbridge finally got into Lion’s territory, they looked dangerous and a strong run from their centre saw him dive over the line. Unfortunately for him the ball was dropped in the act of scoring and the five metre scrum awarded. From that scrum, a penalty was awarded to Stourbridge and the kick was successful. Rugby responded with a period of sustained pressure on the home try line, but the defence somehow held them out. The constant pressure on Stourbridge’s try line was relieved with a kick to touch, and Rugby’s throw was knocked loosely back to allow the home side to run through and score a try in the corner. The conversion attempt was missed.

Lions re-applied the pressure and Daniel Parrington looked to be through, but was held just short of the line. The pressure did eventually tell when Stuart Lee was driven over the line by the pack, and Dave Weston converted to complete the scoring.

Next week gives Lion’s the opportunity to extract revenge for the cup defeat, as Sutton Coldfield are the visitors to Webb Ellis Road for a 2.15pm kick-off


Final score: -   Stourbridge Lions 24 Rugby Lions 10 

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