Rugby: Lions are sweating as fiery Fox takes a knock

Wade Schoeman is tackled by two Old Halesonians players. Photo: Mick Sutterby  / mick@picturethisphotography.co
Wade Schoeman is tackled by two Old Halesonians players. Photo: Mick Sutterby / mick@picturethisphotography.co
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Peterborough Lions are sweating over the fitness of their star player.

Former Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues flanker Darren Fox, the club’s inspirational player/coach, suffered an ankle injury on Saturday that could keep him on the sidelines for the next few weeks.

He was forced to leave the field after just 10 minutes at Old Halesonians and there were fears at first that he had broken a bone in his ankle.

“Everybody heard something snap and he was in a lot of pain. And you know if Foxy comes off, then there’s something seriously wrong,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“Luckily though x-rays have revealed there is no break. We think it’s just snapped tendons and are keeping our fingers crossed it heals quickly.

“We don’t have a game this weekend but he’s got to be doubtful for the game at Sutton Coldfield the week after that.”

Losing a player of Fox’s quality would be a huge blow to the Lions promotion hopes.

His departure so early at Old Halesonians certainly played a part in a 23-16 defeat.

They’ve slipped to fourth in the National League Division Three table as a result but are still only two points off a promotion play-off spot.

Big prop Manny Van Niekirk was also a first-half casualty at Old Halesonians with a shoulder injury and Chris Humphrey and Wade Schoeman were hobbling in the second half after taking knocks.

“It was just one of those days when nothing seemed to go right. We just couldn’t get it together and it was so frustrating,” reflected Moore.

“All good teams have a bad day at the office now and again. Let’s just hope we don’t get another one any time soon because we’ve got tough games coming up.

“It was the worst I’d seen us play for a long while so to get a losing bonus point from a display like that was pleasing I suppose.

“We’re still in there with everything to play for.”

#JANUARY 17/18 results:

ENGLISH CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP

National League Division Three

Old Halesonians 23

Peterborough Lions (try: Humphrey. con: Carrington. pens: Carrington 3) 16

Midlands Division One East

Huntingdon 26

Bedford Athletic 20

Ilkeston 83

Spalding 0

Midlands Division Two East (South) Peterborough (tries: Charity, S. Crooks, Sansby) 15

Northampton Old Scouts 15

Midlands Division Two East (North)

Stamford 25

Dronfield 16

Midlands Division Three East (South)

St Ives 8

Oundle (try: Sagoe) 5

Midlands Division Four East (South)

Bourne (try: Berry. con: Binns. pens:

Binns 4) 19

Brackley 5

Thorney (tries: Cochrane, J. Lewis, Allen, N. Lewis, Elsey, Johnson, Orrell 2. cons: Papworth 6) 52

Deepings 8

Eastern Counties Division One

Thurston 13

Wisbech 10

OTHER MATCHES

Northampton Old Scouts 2nds 22

Peterborough 2nds (tries: Casbon 2, Downer, Whiles. cons: R. Warlow 2) 24

Oundle 2nds (tries: Ap Llwyd, Cobley, Kirkwood, Murray. cons: Green 3) 26

Kettering Veterans 14

JUNIORS

Ampthill Under 14s 40

Oundle Under 14s (tries: Baird, Reynolds 2). 15

LADIES

Bury St Edmunds Ladies 7

Peterborougb Ladies 17