RUGBY: The Lions are starting to roar again

Matt Dunn scores the Lions' first try. Picture: Mick Sutterby
Matt Dunn scores the Lions' first try. Picture: Mick Sutterby
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Peterborough Lions turned in one of their best performances of the season at Bretton Park this afternoon (November 28) to make it three wins on the trot in National League Division Three.

They beat Bromsgrove 17-3 thanks in the main to a dominant display by their pack.

Arturius Balcunius scores the Lions' third try. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Arturius Balcunius scores the Lions' third try. Picture: Mick Sutterby

They shoved the opposition eight all over the park and if they can reproduce this sort of form for the remainder of the season they can certainly look forward to a top-half finish.

A few weeks ago, there was talk of relegation in the Lions den as they went through a bad patch. That talk is fading fast now as Darren Fox’s boys start to climb up the table.

Today’s victory puts them seventh in the standings.

Delighted chairman Andy Moore said: “That was another rock-solid performance. We’re starting to look more like our old selves again.

Gedis Marcisauskas leads the Lions out on his last game for the club. He is returning to Lithuania to live. Picture: Mick Sutterby

Gedis Marcisauskas leads the Lions out on his last game for the club. He is returning to Lithuania to live. Picture: Mick Sutterby

“The lads are all playing for each other. Team spirit is high and we’re altogether more upbeat nowadays.

“We’ve had our rough patch but we’re on the up again. Brilliant! I’m chuffed to bits.

“And we could so easily have had another half a dozen tries today. We squandered some great chances but the thing is we’re now creating all those chances.

“And don’t forget Bromsgrove are one of the stronger sides in the league. They came to us in fourth place but never got a look in.”

The Lions started with all guns blazing and soon had Bromsgrove on the back foot.

But for all their early pressure the first score didn’t arrive until the 32nd minute.

That was a forwards’ try scored by Matt Dunn but a lot of the groundwork was done by wingers Vernon Horne and Kaz Henderson with bulldozing runs from deep.

Lions were unlucky not to increase their advantage minutes later when Horne was tackled by his shirt-tail on the way to the try-line after a storming 50-yard run.

A bad neck injury to a Bromsgrove player then resulted in the game having to be switched to an adjacent pitch while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

And on a much better playing surface the Lions tightened their grip on the game with a penalty try, awarded when a wilting Bromsgrove pack wheeled a scrum close to their own line. Outstanding number eight Conor Gracey had carried for 30 yards to put the Lions within striking distance.

Bromsgrove did reduce the deficit to 10-3 with a penalty early in the second half but they never looked like scoring again.

It was all Lions for the remainder of the contest and Arturius Balcunius scored their third try breaking from a maul five metres out to crash through two tackles to touch down. Will Carrington’s conversion made the final score 17-3.

The Lions could and should have added a bonus point try but were denied by their own sloppy handling rather than good Bromsgrove defence. That was really the only criticism you could make of their effort today.

They aso kept their discipline and for a pleasant change had nobody sin-binned. Bromsgrove on the other hand had three players yellow carded.

Over at Fengate there wasn’t such good news for Borough.

They entertained West Bridgford in the RFU Intermediate Cup and lost a terrible game littered with errors 13-11.

There was little to choose between the two sides - they were both as bad as each other - and it was the Nottingham outfit who nicked it with a penalty in the dying seconds.

That came after Borough were adjudged to have collapsed a scrum in front of their own posts.

Fly-half Joe Andresen scored all Borough’s points, crossing for a neat try from 10 metres out and kicking two penalties.