Hungry Lions love the sweet taste of revenge

Player/coach Darren Fox drives forward for the Lions against Nuneaton. Photo: Mick Sutterby/ picturethisphotography.co

Player/coach Darren Fox drives forward for the Lions against Nuneaton. Photo: Mick Sutterby/ picturethisphotography.co

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Rugby preview: Revenge was so sweet for Peterborough Lions on Saturday as they saw off Nuneaton at Bretton Park.

Now they want to taste it again this weekend as they visit another of their National League Division Three promotion rivals Old Halesonians.

“We really enjoyed Saturday’s win for a variety of reasons,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“We turned in a fantastic performance in a thrilling match which was really pleasing seeing as we had a big crowd in. I reckon there were about 300 people watching and hopefully they liked what they saw and will come back again.

“And of course it saw us leapfrog Nuneaton into second spot .

“But avenging the narrow defeat we suffered back in September at Nuneaton was also important. The lads loved putting the record straight and will be so determined to do that again on Saturday at Old Halesonians.

“It won’t be easy because Old Halesonians are a very strong side and they’re well organised.

“They caught us on a bad day back in October when we lost 35-19 and that really hurt as it was our first home loss in three and a half years.

“We are going there to turn them over like they turned us over. We’re playing much better than when they came to us. We’ve matured into a very good National League side and that’s why we’re second in the table.

“It’s going to be hard to stay there for the rest of the season but we’re up to the job.”

The Lions beat Nuneaton 25-11 in a humdinger of a match.

Lions started strongly and were rewarded with an early try by Reggie Reid after good work by the outstanding Wade Schoeman.

But the ‘Nuns’ hit back immediately after cashing in on a mistake by Mantas Vilimavicius.

An exchange of penalties as play swung from end to end made it 10-8 to Lions but with three minutes to go before the interval they were dealt a huge blow when player/coach Darren Fox was sin-binned for an offence at a lineout. Nuneaton went 11-10 up from the resultant penalty.

But there was just time before the half-time whistle for Will Carrington to squeeze the Lions back in front with another penalty.

It stayed at 13-11 for much of the second half. Nuneaton dominated it territorially but the Lions looked most likely to score with their powerful counter-attacks from deep. Unfortunately though every time they got in a great position they gave away penalties.

With time running out and Nuns mounting more and more pressure, a second yellow card for the Lions - this time awarded against Schoeman for not retreating - had the Lions supporters in a sweat.

But their fears soon turned to cheers with two injury-time tries. First Horne barged his way over after a cutting dash down the middle by Gedis Marcisauskas and then Fox drove over from close range after John Harlock had won a lineout five yards out.