Lions planning to lay on a feast of tries in their last home game

Wade Schoeman played well for East Midlands against the Army.
Wade Schoeman played well for East Midlands against the Army.
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Peterborough Lions have promised to treat their supporters to a feast of tries in their last home match of the season on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

They entertain rock-bottom Dudley Kingswinford in a game they should win handsomely to confirm a top-three finish in National League Division Three.

“And that will be the highest ever finish by a city side in the English Clubs Championship - something of which we should be mightily proud,” boasted Lions chairman Andy Moore.

“There’s still an outside chance we could finish second but the most likely outcome is third place and that is a monumental effort in our first season in the National League.

“We have had a wonderful eight months at this level, producing lots of brilliant rugby and meeting so many new friends with a great knowledge of the game.

“It’s been fantastic and we all want to turn on the style in our last home game for our supporters who have done us proud home and away.

“It took us two attempts to get out of Midlands Division One. After finishing third in our first season we then went and stormed it. So who’s to say we can’t do that again.

“We’ll certainly be stronger next season . . . watch this space.”

The Lions are unlikely to be without star players Darren Fox and Adam Barnard for Saturday’s game - both are away on coaching courses - but should still have far too much firepower for a side with only win to their name this season.

The Lions won 51-11 at Dudley in December.

For the Lions to finish second they need Old Halesonians to beat Hinckley on Saturday and thenbeat Hinckley themselves in Leicester on April 18.

Four Lions players were on international and representative duty last week.

Prop Alexandros Ioannou played for Cyprus in a European Nations Cup match in Hungary, which they won 17-15, while Wade Schoeman, Vernon Horne and Will Carrington played for East Midlands in the Mobbs Memorial curtain-raiser against the Army ‘A’ XV.

The East Midlands won that match 21-15 and Schoeman was outstanding in the second row.

“It’s great for the club to see players recognised at regional and international level,” added Moore. (And when Cyprus play Lithuanian on May 5 we’ll have players in both sides. Not many clubs can match that.”