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Match Reports: Second successive weekend of wins for the Lions teams

Match Reports: Second successive weekend of wins for the Lions teams

After the previous weekend’s sun-drenched victories, the Lions first and second teams had to make do with decidedly cooler weather on Saturday, but overcame the cold to give the opposition the chills with two important victories.

After the previous weekend’s sun-drenched victories, the Lions first and second teams had to make do with decidedly cooler weather on Saturday, but overcame the cold to give the opposition the chills with two important victories.

Uxbridge 5- London Scottish Lions 1stXV – 96
RFU Herts Middlesex Division 2
(18 tries, 3 conversions)

A short hop across the A4 and the Lions arrived for their fifth game of the 2018/19 Herts Middlesex 2 season against Uxbridge. Coming off a big win the weekend before, spirits were high amongst the largely unchanged squad.

Full-back Fraser Morrison picked up a hamstring niggle in the warm-up and was rested for the game, giving impressive youngster Taino Goveia a start at 15. Thankfully Morrison’s injury would be the only major knock received during a hard-fought match against the local rivals.
From the outset it looked like the size and experience of the Uxbridge scrum would present a challenge to the Lions’ mix of old heads and youthful energy. Indeed, it did. However, as soon as the ball was distributed out beyond the flanks, the pace and movement of the Lions backs shone through.

Two quick tries from the feet of Jem Edwards set the Lions up and running, but it was Centre-turned-Flanker Luca Vittori’s try that really seemed to punish the home team. It was 25 minutes before Uxbridge scored, after a dubious yellow card was given to Will Radford when contesting the ball. The Lions held firm for some 6 minutes, but the home team could smell a try and pursued it relentlessly.

This only served to inspire the Lions more and they added a further 20 points by halftime, running in 3 more tries before the break.
Uxbridge’s front row picked up several knocks, and in the second half not only did the Lions pick up where they left off with the running plays, but overcame the deficit in the scrum too. Coming off the bench, Noah De Wild starred in the second half too.

It finished up 96-5 with the Lions scoring 18 tries, with substitute Rory Paris making an impact with four tries, Goveia picking up more to his credit, and Dennis Gibson also getting across the line for a hard-won five points. Had it been a better day for conversions, may have led to the team’s first 100 point+ game.

MPU

London Scottish Lions 2ndXV 40 – Ickenham 12
Middlesex Merit Table 2

On the south side of the A4 it was a bitterly cold afternoon at the Richmond Athletic Ground. Both teams were tentative at the start as they weighed each other up.

Scottish soon settled into their game, taking the lead in the 18th minute – with their first try and conversion. Now into their stride, the Lions 2ndXV kept the pressure on the opposition with an immediate but costly second try in the 20th minute – that saw try scorer Ross Mackie substituted through injury and the captain Liam Russell also coming off with a groin strain, which was sustained as he attempted his second (missed) conversion.

Scottish were consistent with their pressure and fronted a strong defence, keeping the opposition at bay when they tested the defensive line. The first half came to an end with a try from hooker David Greene. This was converted with a dropkick by the stand-in captain Rob Radcliffe.
The second half got off to a slow start. The opposition’s hard work finally paid off, with a try in the 50th min, alas no conversion. Scottish responded positively and no more than five minutes later, a try and a conversion crossed out Ickenham’s effort.

Greene put in a strong showing on home turf, controlling a tricky highball with his foot, allowing him to get the ball out wide and onto rapid youngster Manasa Lin, making a debut for the Lions after a long period of unavailability this season.

The opposition, down, but not out, still had some fight left in them. A line out on the Scottish 5 meter line, despite a strong defence, allowed the opposition to break through the Scottish defence for a try in the 72nd min – followed by a well kicked conversion near the touch line.

Scottish sealed the deal with a final try in the 77th minute – which was followed up by an impressive dropkick conversion from edge of pitch by the stand in stand-in captain.
 

Upcoming fixtures:
03/11 – Lions 1stXV vs Mill Hill – 2:30pm Kick-Off – Richmond Athletic Ground (H)
03/11 – Lions 2ndXV vs New Zealand RFC – 2:30pm Kick-off – Twyford Avenue (A)
17/11 – Cuffley vs Lions 1stXV – TBC Kick-off – East Lodge Lane, Enfield (A)
17/11 – Lions 2ndXV vs Old Streetonians RFC – 2:30pm Kick-Off – Richmond Athletic Ground (H)

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