RUGBY: Borough romp to a record win in final game . . . and the Lions roar
Borough certainly saved their best until last, running riot in their final English Clubs Championship game of the season to win by a club record score this afternoon (April 16).
They entertained Leicester Forest, already relegated from Midlands Division Two East (South), and ran out overwhelming 93-7 winners.
They treated a large Fengate crowd to a feast of running rugby and crossed for a fabulous 15 tries with nine of them converted by Harry Roe.
Forest were never able to cope with the electrifying pace of the Borough backs, brilliantly marshalled by Tom Williams at fly-half, and every time they got the ball they looked like scoring.
Fleet-footed Adam Kimber helped himself to three tries and fellow centre Joe Andresen crossed twice.
Winger Stefan Gallucci, full-back Johnny Beale and substitute centre Dewi Pearce also bagged a brace of tries each and comnpleting the tally of touchdowns were Williams, Roe, Blake Heron and Stuart Day.
Prop forward Day and number eight Heron both excelled in a dominant Borough pack.
The big win lifted Borough into a final finishing place of seventh.
Over at Bretton Park there was also a winning end to the season for Peterborough Lions.
They came up against Longton in their last National League Division Three fixture and enjoyed a 29-12 victory to secure fourth place in the final standings.
“It was an excellent day and a great way to end a very good season,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore. “Third last year and fourth this year means we have established ourselves at this level. Most teams tend to go straight back down again after getting promoted to the National League.
“It all bodes well for next season. A lot will be happening over the summer at the Lions both on and off the pitch. It’s onwards and upwards.”
In today’s game full-back De La Rey Veenendaal was outstanding. Every time he gathered up the ball he seemed to make huge inroads into the Longton defence. He scored one try himself and set up others for Tom Lewis and George Offer.
Other Lions try-scorers were Will Carrington and Nico Steenkamp with Carrington adding two conversions. It was 17-12 to the Lions at the interval.
Chris Humphrey and Adam Barnard were both immense in their final games for the club.
Skipper Humphrey has decided to retire while Barnard is moving away to live and work in London.