Peterborough RUFC to use narrow derby defeat as motivation to beat the runaway leaders

Peterborough Rugby Union Club will use their plucky display in defeat against arch rivals Peterborough Lions last weekend as motivation for the remainder of their Midlands East Division campaign.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:16 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 4:17 pm
Borough in possession against Peterborough Lions. Photo: David Lowndes.

Borough were beaten 28-27 by a team from the division above in an Esat Midlands Cup quarter-final. It was a great warm-up for a might Division One task against unbeaten, runaway leaders Syston at Fengate tomorrow (February 1, 2.15pm).

Borough head coach Phil Powell said: “I was very proud of the way we played against a team from a higher division.

“As a team, Lions have been struggling, but they still have some terrific individual players and in broken play those players really punished us

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“We pushed them very close though. It’s been one of the stories of our season that most 50/50 decisions have gone against and it happened again.

“It was frustrating as we had started the game really well. We were fired up and responded to the big crowd.

“It just showed what we can do when we play with commitment, spirit and follow the gameplan.

“It will be tough tomorrow, but we drew at home to Derby earlier in the season when they had won every game.

“Syston are a better team than Derby, but we tend to play well at home.

“We will be relaxed as well. We have nothing to lose as unless the bottom teams start wining regularly there is no chance of us going down.”

Lions are in Midlands Premier Division action at Nuneaton.