Peterborough Lions are getting ready to roar.
After spending the last two months sweating it out at pre-season training, the Bretton Park boys got their first taste of competitive action on Saturday.
They visited Bishop’s Stortford and acquitted themselves well against opponents fro m a higher division.
“They only just missed out on promotion to National League Division One last season after losing to Ampthill so we knew we were in for a tough time,” said Lions coach Darren Fox.
And although it was the Hertfordshire side who came out on top 43-21, Fox was more than satisfied with the performance of his players.
“We were by no means at full strength. Three or four of the backs were missing and a couple of forwards were still on holiday but all those that stepped in did a good job.
“For a first outing of the season I was more than happy. Pack-wise I thought we looked very strong but it’s still early doors and there’s a lot more work to cover yet.
“Our ball retention was very good and our contact work was good and it was only in the final quarter that Bishop’s Stortford started to get the better of us.”
Summer signings Marius Andrijauskas, Darrell Ball, Chris Cutts and Nico Steenkamp all performed well up front while new scrum-half Ethan Searle, a South African, caught the eye.
Andrijauskas, John Harlock and Vernon Horne crossed for the Lions tries with Will Carrington slotting the conversions.
This weekend the Lions are away to Cambridge in another pre-season friendly.
Their National League Division Three season kicks off on Saturday September 5 at Longton.
TUG OF WAR
Peterborough Lions Rugby Club are hosting a tug of war tournament as part of their President’s Day on Saturday August 29.
The tournament, which if successful will become an annual event, is open to all teams with the first pull scheduled for 10am.
Club chairman Andy Moore said: “Years ago tug of war used to be hugely popular in these parts but we don’t have a tournament in this area any more.
“Hopefully we can get it off the ground again. It should be great fun.”
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The President’s Day will also include an afternoon match at Bretton Park between the Lions and a Hunts & Peterborough XV.