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[23 SEP 00] RUGBY LIONS MATCH REPORT - NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO
Rugby Lions 31  Rosslyn Park 10
BY ALISTAIR BRUTEN

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 victories.

Eddie Saunders, Rugby LionsThe 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 breakaway.

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 rugby.

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 win.

MATCH FACTS

RUGBY LIONS:
Jasnikowski; Saunders, Tassell, Campbell, Watson; Muir (Bailey), Becconsall; Shadbolt, Dunn, (Woolrich), B Smith, S Smith, Field, Thompson (Withers), Wingham, Muckalt

LEAGUE POSITION AFTER THIS MATCH:
Rugby Lions - 2nd (6 points from 4 games)
Rosslyn Park - 4th (6 points from 4 games)

   

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