Peterborough Lions lit up gloomy Bretton Park with a dazzling seven-try demolition of Lichfield in National Division Three today (December 12).
Inspirational coach Darren Fox had his side so fired up they had secured their four-try bonus point in just 30 minutes of one-way, non-stop action on the way to a 43-0 win.
It was easily the most impressive Lions display of the season - and obviously the biggest win - and one that has carried them above their humbled opponents into seventh place in a 14-team league.
Lions’ forwards were in unstoppable form as second row men Tom Lewis and Matt Dunn scored two tries apiece. Winger Vernon Horne, full-back Ray Veenendaal and Marius Andrijauskas, another second row forward, scored the other tries
“We wanted this win badly,” admitted Lions chairman Andy Moore. “We lost at leaders Hinckley in our previous game, but we felt the scoreline didn’t reflect how well we played,
“This was a payback for that. We tore into them and they didn’t know what had hit them. We dominated the whole game, the forwards were brilliant and Lichfield hardly got into our half.
“It was a very enjoyable exhibition of fantastic rugby.”
Lions won the ball from the first kick-off and kept it for two and a half minutes before young Lewis barged over from close range carring two Lichfield opponents with him.
Dunn claimed the second try on 10 minutes again after another strong spell of forward pressure and four minutes later recent signing Veenendaal burst into the line from the full-back position for try number three.
Lions kept control of the ball superbly and were rewarded with a fourth try, and that precious bonus point, when Dunn slipped over in the corner. Harry Winch converted two of the tries to give Lions a 24-0 half-time lead.
Lichfield battled better in the second-half as it took Lions another 20 minutes before Lewis claimed his second try and then winger Vernon Horne raced over after accepting a pass on halfway and smashing his way through three attemped tackles.
But arguably the Lions highlight arrived at the death with a rare try for Andrijauskas who sprinted over from 25 yards. The team’s ‘enforcer’ doesn’t score many tries, but he picked the ball up from a ruck to touch down under the posts.
Kas Henderson added two second-half conversions to complete the scoring.
Borough were beaten 25-14 at Belgrave in Midlands Division Two East. Report to follow.