Rugby: Huge victory for the Lions and Borough win a relegation scrap

Vernon Horne was in superb form for the Lions against Dudley Kingswinford. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Vernon Horne was in superb form for the Lions against Dudley Kingswinford. Picture: Mick Sutterby

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Peterborough Lions stormed to another big win in National League Division Three this afternoon (December 13) and Borough won a relegation battle against bottom club Dunstablians in Midlands Division Two East (South).

The Lions followed up their biggest win of the campaign last Saturday - a 74-0 success at home to Burton - with their second best result of the season today - a 51-11 victory at Dudley Kingswinford.

They only had a seven-point advantage at the turnaround, leading 18-11, but in the second half Dudley wilted under the immense pressure applied by the powerful Lions pack and they were hit with a five-try blitz.

Lions chairman Andy Moore was delighted with his side’s performance.

He said: “We just demolished them - simple as that. It was a great way to complete the first half of our first season in the National League. We’ve played everybody now and I can honestly say we’ve seen nothing to worry us.

“This Lions team has grown in stature big time as the season has progressed and we are strongly becoming a very good team in this league. We are chasing a play-off place, make no mistake about that.

“We love it at this level. The people are fantastic and the crowds are knowledgable. It’s a different level of rugby and I’m really enjoying it. Now I’m looking forwrd to enjoying it at the next level.”

Lions actually fell behind to an early penalty, conceded by player/coach Darren Fox, but within a minute Will Carrington equalised and then added another three points following a superb 50-metre dash by dangerous winger Vernon Horne.

With 15 minutes gone some good lineout work by Matt Dunn paved the way for their first try, scored by skipper Chris Humphrey from a drive by the forwards. Carrington converted and it was 13-3.

A devastating break by Reggie Reid paved the way for a second touchdown, this time by Wade Schoeman, but Dudley stayed in touch by adding another penalty and a try of their own.

They never looked like scoring again though as the Lions totally dominated the second period.

After just two minutes some fine running by Adam Barnard and Saad Sait created a try for Horne, who was enjoying one of his best games of the season, and then four minutes later he raced in again. This time Carrington converted and it was 30-11.

Schoeman, Sait and Humphrey then did the donkey work to create the next try for Barnard and again Carrington added the extras.

Try number six came from Reid after he kicked ahead and won the race to the touchdown and then five minutes from the end Arturius Balcunius scored from a scrum five metres out. Carrington converted both of those tries.

Borough took the honours 19-13 at Dunstablians in a hard-fought, but predominantly scrappy affair.

They went ahead with a try from a tapped penalty by skipper Sam Crooks which Harry Roe converted but after half-an-hour were 13-7 down.

But they managed to edge back to 14-13 in front just before the break with a try by centre Owain Pearce and Roe converted that one as well.

The second half provided very few scoring opportunities as play became bogged down in midfield.

Dunstablians had a chance to regain the lead but missed with a penalty in front of the sticks and then right on the final whistle Crooks scored his second try from a five-metre scrum.

Crooks again led by example and there were also good displays by hooker Aaron Thorne and Angus Milton in the back row.