Rugby: Lions roar but Borough’s bubble bursts

Wade Schoeman attacks for the Lions against Burton. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Wade Schoeman attacks for the Lions against Burton. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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Peterborough Lions and Borough were both involved in high-scoring games in the English Clubs Championship this afternoon (December 6) - only trouble was they weren’t both in favour of the Peterborough sides.

While the Lions were roaring to a huge 74-0 win over National League Division Three whipping boys Burton at Bretton Park, Borough were failing miserably against Biggleswade at Fengate in Midlands Division Two East (South).

Borough had won five games on the trot going into today’s fixture and last weekend against Coalville in the RFU Intermediate Cup they were excellent.

Today they were a shadow of that side and crashed 48-15.

The bubble didn’t just burst - it exploded. Borough were outplayed in all departments by a very impressive Biggleswade side who were much, much better than their mid-table position would suggest.

They out-muscled Borough up front and out-ran them in the backs. Mind you Borough, for some strange reason, decided tackling wasn’t the better part of valour in the first half.

Bigglesewade possessed a real bully of a centre who could motor and he ploughed straight through a lightweight Borough back division to score four of their seven tries in the first half. Borough hardly laid a hand on him and it was game over by half-time as the visitors turned round with a whopping 43-3 advantage.

Borough did improve on the tackling front in the second period and actually won it 12-5 but that was small comfort for the few souls who braved the freezing conditions to support the city side.

Skipper Sam Crooks was once again Borough’s best player by a mile and two of his powerful surges - one of 40 yards and the other a tad shorter - created the platform from which Borough scored their two tries.

The first came from a scrum five metres out when Harry Roe went blind and fed half-back partner Joe Andresen a try. The second arrived after Borough won a lineout close to the Biggleswade line and enormous prop Sithenkosi Fivana slippied the ball to winger Chris Sansby, who cut in off his wing to blast in from 20 yards out.

Andresen converted the second and also slotted a first-half penalty.

The Lions, as expected, proved far too strong for winless Burton and ran in a dozen tries.

Star of the show was Reggie Reid, who crossed four times. Player/coach Darren Fox claimed a hat-trick, Lithuanian international Donatis Vilimavicius scored on his debut and other tries were scored by Adam Barnard, Vernon Horne, Matt Dunn, and Will Carrington with the latter also adding seven comversions.

Lions chairman Andy Moore said: “We just ran and ran and ran. We always come back to Bretton after a defeat and unleash the beast.

“Darren Fox was determined to put Burton to the sword after losing our last match at Bromsgrove and that’s what we did.”