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Lions Match Report – Saturday 06 October

Lions Match Report – Saturday 06 October

Old Millhillians 19 – 26 London Scottish Lions
RFU Herts Middlesex Division 2
(HT 19 – 12)
4 tries (Houchin, Radford, Perrin, Edwards) / 3 conversions (Hayman)

Old Millhillians 19 – 26 London Scottish Lions
RFU Herts Middlesex Division 2
(HT 19 – 12)
4 tries (Houchin, Radford, Perrin, Edwards) / 3 conversions (Hayman)

October’s first fixture was a damp affair, but despite the wintery conditions the Lions overcame the strongest opposition they have faced this season, with a hard-fought win at Old MillHillians last weekend.

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From the kick-off the Lions scored a beautiful try to the left of the posts, with Houchin running in and making the most of the early possession. Radford scored to give the Lions some breathing space, but not for long. Old MillHillians struck back with a pacey try and another separated the line with a determined effort.

With minutes to spare before the close of the half, the referee awarded a penalty and then felt it necessary to further penalise the Lions for trying to understand the logic of the decision. This marched the home team forward, and a neat move saw them score and take the lead 19-12 into the break.

The second half was a high attrition affair. The first ten minutes saw the Lions hold onto possession, eventually getting a try through scrum half, Perrin. It was a team effort, with around 30 or more phases building up to the score, and it was a further 20 minutes before the next and final try came in. Radford, who delivered another strong performance from the back row, called fly-half Hayman to kick through the home team’s line, and he scooped the ball off the ground down the wing and looked sure to score. It took another phase of play for that to be realised, with Edwards again getting on the score sheet, gassing through with a strong line to break the defence.

That makes it three wins from three now for the Lions first XV, who are next at home on 20th October against local rivals, West London RFC.

15 HARDIMAN, Hamish
14 CHAN, Gary
13 COTTRELL, Tommy
12 HOUCHIN, Thomas
11 EDWARDS, Jemel
10 HAYMAN, Matthew
9 PERRIN, Aaron
1 GREENE, David
2 HARRISON, Clement
3 WEBSTER, Paul
4 HAYES, Patrick
5 STOCK, Thomas (C)
6 MATTHEWS, Robert
7 RADFORD, Will
8 GIBSON, Dennis

Subs: WARNETTE, ORLANDI, FRASER
Referee: Roger King

Upcoming fixtures:
13/10 3PM KO – Quintin RFC vs London Scottish Lions 2nd XV – Middlesex Bowl

20/10 3pm London Scottish Lions vs West London – Herts Middlesex 2
20/10 3pm London Scottish Lions 2nds vs Twickenham 2nds – MMT2

27/10 3pm Uxbridge vs London Scottish Lions – Herts Middlesex 2
27/10 3pm London Scottish Lions vs Ickenham – MMT2

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