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Rugby Lions 34 - 15 South Leicester

Author: Andy Key Published: 15th March 2012 23:18

Rugby Lions

Rugby Lions 34 - 15 South Leicester

The Rugby Football Club senior squad as a whole racked up their fourth win in two weeks in a busy run of games and the 5 points from this SSE National Midlands 3 victory keeps them three wins clear of nearest rivals Dudley Kingswinford as Lions home in on promotion back to National 2 rugby.

While there were none of the incidents that made the reverse fixture such a tense affair at Wigston in November, this was a very good game of rugby between two impressive teams.

Lions helped their cause greatly with a flying start that saw Rugby 17-0 ahead within the first quarter.

Skipper Andy Vilk was to prove a real handful with his runs down the centre of the pitch and signalled this threat on just 4 minutes with a fine break before finding Will Brock on his shoulder who scored with Leigh Hinton adding the conversion for 7-0.

With 12 minutes played, Vilk completed the job on his own with another brilliant run although Hinton's conversion kick was charged down.

Lions then completed an ideal first 20 to subdue their opponents when clever play ended with full back Emyr Lewis still having a lot to do but adding his team's third try for 17-0.

South at last showed what they had to offer with a neatly worked short lineout move in which hooker Luke Coltman and giant lock Stuart Bale worked a short throw down the right for Bale to score with Mark Lord missing the conversion attempt.

Lions produced the perfect response after a fine drive from a scrum when a move down the right saw Hinton cling on to the final pass and score under the clubhouse balcony full of people who had enjoyed former Leicester Tigers Harry Ellis's contribution to the pre-match Lunch with a Lion.

This final score of the first half came while South Leicester were down to 14 men after flanker Simon Johnson was sinbinned for coming in from the side.

The period of play without a score had extended to over half an hour and the next team to score were the visitors.

Good play saw South centre Connor Smith score on 59 minutes only for Lions to respond immediately again.

Vilk was again involved and then Ben Gollings finished off the move, Hinton's conversion making it 29-10 on 63 minutes.

There were two late tries.

An Ade Hales run led to Gollings scoring his second try before South Leicester replied with a score that reflected their effort when Chris Bale's run led to a try for Johnson with Lord's conversion blown wide by the breeze.

So Lions move on with a week off from league action but there is an interesting game to come on Sunday when Rugby play their Warks Cup semi final against Berkswell and Balsall at Old Leamingtonians' Bericote Road ground, kick off 2.15 pm.

Rugby Lions: Lewis, Hinton, Wackett, Vilk, Hales, Gollings, N Davies, Walton, Oselton, Adams, Raven, Wright, Tait, Brock, Mukarati. Reps Nuttall, Daniel, Ellis

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