Rugby Lions recorded their fifth win of the season but it was
not a match or Lions performance to compare with the previous
week's game against Manchester.
Rugby dominated possession for the first 15 minutes but could
not find a way through with their backs or even their much
When Preston finally got out of their own half, Lions were
fortunate to escape unpunished when Barry Muir dropped the ball
behind his tryline and the Grasshoppers missed a straightforward
Preston lost Parkinson to the sinbin and Lions capitalised
with a try on 29 minutes by second row Rob Field which Muir
converted. However, Preston replied four minutes later when
Dewhurst charged down Muir's clearance and followed up to score
although the conversion was missed.
The game lacked quality in the wintry conditions and Rugby
reached half time with a somewhat shaky 7-5 advantage.
Grasshoppers looked more confident in the second half and
took the lead when they kicked a penalty after Lions' Paul
Shadbolt was sinbinned for playing the ball in an offside
Rugby replied with two good penalties from Muir for a 13-8
lead but then had to withstand a commendable period of attack by
Preston, who have an undistinguished record in the league.
Shadbolt was lucky not to be sent off when he repeated his
earlier offence but only got a talking to from a referee who
seemed to give Lions every advantage throughout the match.
Rugby secured the win in the 80th minute when captain Oscar
Wingham finished off a forwards' move and Muir converted,
leaving the final score looking more comfortable than Rugby
Coley; Saunders; Jasnikowski; Campbell; Porteous; Muir;
Becconsall; Shadbolt; Dunn; Greenbury; Collier; Field; Tovo;
Replacements: Bailey; Woolrich; Thompson
Tries - Field, Wingham
Conversions - Muir (2)
Penalties - Muir (2)