Second-half blitz keeps Lions in the promotion hunt

Wade Schoeman is about to score the first try for Peterborough Lions at Burton. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

Wade Schoeman is about to score the first try for Peterborough Lions at Burton. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

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A blistering second-half display earned Peterborough Lions another big win in National League Division Three today (March 28).

The Lions won 48-15 at lowly Burton, but only after the relegation-threatened side had led 8-5 at the interval. The city side scored six tries after the break to ensure they stayed in touch with Hinckley in the race for a promotion play-off spot that now has two matches to run.

“Burton threw everything at us in the first-half,” Lions chairman Andy Moore said. “They were a big side, bigger than us and they had a big crowd behind them. They belied their position in the table for about an hour until our fitness and quality came into play.

“It was a good performance and keeps us in with a shout of going up. Hinckley also picked up five points today so they are still favourites to finish second, but we will fight until the end.”

Burton opened the scoring with a third minute penalty before Lions claimed a try through Wade Schoeman. The home side hit back with a try of their own and kept that lead until the interval.

Duncan Low levelled the scores with a 46th minute penalty before Lions began to assert themselves on the game.

Chris Humphrey barged over for a try and then Lions player-coach Darren Fox played his trump card - he bought himself on.

Fox, who played for an England team in France last weekend, crossed for a try almost immediately and his presence inspired Lions to go on a try-scoring spree in the final quarter of the game.

Full-back Reggie Reed claimed two tries, while Will Carrington and Adam Barnard also went over as Lions scored three tries in the final five minutes. Carrington also landed five conversions.

Peterborough beat Dunstablians 33-5 in Midlands Division Two East.