Rugby suffered yet another away defeat but this was a very
intense, interesting game with Bracknell's win taking them back
to the top of the table.
Bracknell have a fine pack while Lions had to cope with the
absence of Steve Smith and Paul Shadbolt.
Bracknell dominated possession throughout the first half and
should have led from a second minute penalty which was pulled
wide. Rugby's defence held out on the greasy surface but they
only very rarely threatened the half way line, let alone the
tryline. Winger Rob Porteous did break down the right, but when
he kicked ahead he was unlucky to see the ball roll dead across
the stickiest area of the field.
Rugby did well, in the circumstances, to keep the game
scoreless at the interval and Bracknell must have had doubts
about their inability to turn huge territorial advantage into
The home side resumed their incessant attacks on the restart,
however, and full back Mike Kenworthy broke the deadlock with
two penalties in a five minute period.
Then a Bracknell penalty 10 metres out was reversed for a
foul off the ball. Rugby made their way upfield and fly half
Barry Muir kicked a penalty.
Muir then levelled the scores with another penalty on the
hour and Rugby looked the more likely winners at this stage.
Unaccountably, some Lions ignored team instructions and
looked to take on the Bracknell pack or break infield when the
call was to run the ball wide and stretch the Bracknell defence.
This proved decisive when Kenworthy was able to restore
Bracknell's lead with his third penalty nine minutes from time.
Rugby had a final chance but infringed on their own line-out
in the home 22 and the game was lost.
Coley; Saunders; Tassell; Hyde; Porteous; Muir; Becconsall;
Muckalt; Tovo; Wingham; Field; Collier; Greenbury; Dunn; B Smith
Replacements: Woolrich; Davies; Turner
RUGBY LIONS SCORING:
Penalties - Muir (3)