SEP 00] RUGBY LIONS MATCH REPORT - NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO
Rugby Lions 31 Rosslyn Park 10
Rugby Lions rediscovered their
form to defeat league-leaders Rosslyn Park in an entertaining
game at Webb Ellis Road.
The Lions pack exerted a
dominance over Park that the Rosslyn team themselves admitted
stifled the game plan that had brought them three successive
possession the Lions forwards provided allowed Kiwi scrum-half
Barry Muir to score 16 points in the first half. That was even
after the New Zealander's first pass was intercepted and Eddie
Saunders had to chase back 50 metres to haul down the Rosslyn
Muir kicked two penalties and a
drop goal to counter a Park try scored by Marval. Muir went on
to score a try himself and then converted no 8 Dave Muckalt's
try to give Rugby a comfortable 21-5 advantage before turning
round to play into a stiff breeze after the interval.
Lions stuck to their game plan
well. They kept their error count to a minimum and the
half-backs played the possession game their forwards thrived on.
This formula saw Rugby score
another try when a possible overlap was ignored in favour of
allowing Steve Smith, Lions' Samoan international lock, to
wrestle his way over for a try. Muir converted before having to
retire with a knee injury.
Lions, however, had visibly
gained in confidence as Muir helped to build a 28-5 lead. The
Rugby side easily resisted Rosslyn's attempts to play catch-up
Jasnikowski added a penalty for
Lions before Park's Marval managed a consolation try.
Rugby now travel to bottom side
West Hartlepool looking to consolidate on this excellent home
Jasnikowski; Saunders, Tassell,
Campbell, Watson; Muir (Bailey), Becconsall; Shadbolt, Dunn, (Woolrich),
B Smith, S Smith, Field, Thompson (Withers), Wingham, Muckalt
POSITION AFTER THIS MATCH:
Rugby Lions - 2nd (6 points from 4 games)
Rosslyn Park - 4th (6 points from 4 games)