Peterborough RUFC compete well against ruthless league leaders, Roy’s hat-trick can’t save Peterborough Lions

Peterborough RUFC head coach Phil Powell was still a happy man despite a 19-point defeat at the hands of runaway Midlands Division One East leaders Syston on Saturday (February 1).

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 8:56 am
Amanaki Veamatahau of Peterborough Lions is tackled by ex-Lions player Thomas Morgan of Nuneaton. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

Powell felt his side dominated their highly-talented visitors up front, but lacked the clinical try-scoring ability of the champions-elect.

A mad 10-15 minute spell at the start of the second half proved decisive for Syston who ran out 24-5 winners. The table-toppers have now won all 17 of their Division One fixtures and lead second-placed Oundle by 10 points.

Borough travel to mid-table Towcestrians this Saturday (Fabruary 8), a team well beaten at Oundle at the weekend.

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Marius Andrijauskas of Peterborough Lions pins his man at Nuneaton. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

“We were the dominant side for most of the game,” Powell insisted. “We scored first and it was level at half-time, but two quick tries at the start of the second-half put them in command.

“The ruthless way in which they took their chances showed why they are such a good side and why they will win the league.

“The biggest difference between the sides was summed up in the final minutes when we dropped the ball five yards from their line. They picked it up and went down the other end and scored.

“But I can’t be critical at all of my players as we played well and battled hard against strong opposition for the second week in a row.

Borough in possession in their match against Syston. PhotO; David Lowndes.

“If we play like this again we could get a result at Towcester, although they are strong at home.”

Sam Crooks scored the Borough try.

And a hat-trick of tries from gifted number eight Roy Lolesio wasn’t enough to prevent Lions losing 36-19 at Nuneaton in the Midlands Premier Division on Saturday. Weir Filikitonga kicked two conversions.

Lions host mid-table Paviors this Saturday (3pm).