RUGBY UNIONS: Lions show England the (wrong) way

Darren Fox charges over for an early try for Peterborough Lions against Old Halesonians. Photo: Mark Shore.

Darren Fox charges over for an early try for Peterborough Lions against Old Halesonians. Photo: Mark Shore.

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Passionate Peterborough Lions and England supporter Andy Moore suffered a bad dose of deja vu on Saturday (September 26).

The Lions chairman watched his beloved club side snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in National Division Three in the afternoon and then watched England do the same against Wales in the World Cup in the evening.

Moore was probably annoyed more by Lions losing 25-22 at home to unbeaten league leaders Old Halesonians as the city side are already having to play catch-up in their promotion quest after suffering two defeats in four matches. They also have an impending points deduction for accidentally fielding an inelgible player.

“We were leading by 12 points with 15 minutes to go,” Moore moaned. “We had played some great rugby in front of 300 spectators and even the opposition said we deserved to win, but then we contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

“We ran into trouble with the referee and it cost us. It was so disappointing and you can imagine how I felt when England also lost a game they should have won later on.

“When we sit back and analyse the Lions performance though we will know that we are capable of beating anyone if we can sustain our level for 80 minutes.”

Lions roared out of the blocks at their Bretton base and player-coach Darren Fox was soon charging over for a try that Will Carrington converted.

Lions were then awarded a penalty try as the visitors were punished for persistent infringement. Carrington popped the conversion over and Lions led 14-0.

Old Halesonians reduced the arrears with a converted try before the break, but when Vernon Horne scored following a superb run past, and through, several would-be tacklers Lions were cruising. Carrington missed that conversion, but an exchange of penalties meant the city side were 22-10 ahead approaching the 65-minute mark.

But then it all fell apart. Some unusual calls by the referee irritated the Lions who saw second row forward John Harlock sin-binned for dissent and the team marched down the field by the official for other moments of back-chat.

The Lions were now in disarray and two tries, one conversion and a last-minute penalty confirmed an unlikely, and unlucky, defeat.