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16 Jul, 2024


SHEFFIELD EAGLES 22 SWINTON LIONS 34 IAN RIGG at Olympic Legacy Park, Sunday 14 July 2024 Swinton Lions made it back-to-back wins with a great performance against the high-flying Eagles. Gav Rodden put the Lions ahead in the second minute when he collected a loose ball near his own line to race away and score under the posts at the other end with Dan Abram converting. Eagles hit back seven minutes later when the impressive Joel Farrell scored on the left and Cory Aston locked the scores with the conversion. Eddie Battye and Titus Gwaze had chances, but the defence frustrated them. Eagles were getting in good positions but time and again opportunities were not taken. The Lions next chance came on twenty-three minutes when Jordy Gibson went close but was caught offside. Rodden added his second try fourteen minutes from the break when Gibson set him up and he scored under the posts with Abram converting again. Eagles forced a goal line drop-out just after the restart but again the Lions defence was on top and with seconds to go to the half time hooter Ant Walker crashed in by the posts for his first Lions try and Abram converted. Eagles made a bright start to the second half and had a couple of chances but again the Swinton defence was on top. The Lions scored their next try on fifty minutes when again Walker crashed over by the posts and again Abram converted. Jayden Hatton then had a chance, but he was just ankle tapped near the line, but it was Eagles who scored next when Joel Farrell fed Matty Dawson-Jones who raced in at the corner and Aston converted to bring them within two scores. George Roby was then held up twice before Isaac Farrell crossed for Eagles on sixty-four minutes, but the conversion drifted wide. There was a referee change on sixty-seven minutes when Scott Mikalauskas picked up a leg injury and he was replaced by Nick Bennett. Battye had a chance then for Eagles but lost the ball near the line and the Jordan Case was held up for the Lions, but it was the visitors who went further ahead three minutes from time when Roby put in a nice short kick for Gibson to race on to and score but Abram hit the post with this one. Eagles added a further try with just over a minute left when Aston kicked towards the posts and Gwaze took it to score under the posts and Aston converted again. With twelve seconds left on the clock the Lions added their final try when Eagles lost the ball from the kick-off and Jake Spedding collected the rolling ball to score under the posts with Abram converting. LIONS 1 Dan Abram 25 Richard Lepori 3 Jake Spedding 4 Jayden Hatton 5 Rhys Williams 16 Lewis Hall 7 Jordy Gibson 36 Jordan Brown 9 George Roby 20 Jack Houghton 11 Gav Rodden 21 Andy Badrock 12 Mitch Cox Subs (all used) 28 Brad Hammond 24 Jordan Case 8 Liam Cooper 26 Ant Walker Tries: Rodden (2,26), Walker (40,50), Gibson (77), Spedding (80) Goals: Abram 5/6 EAGLES 1 Matty Marsh 2 Ben Jones-Bishop 3 Kris Welham 23 Bayley Liu 5 Matty Dawson-Jones 6 Cory Aston 19 Izaac Farrell 8 Eddie Battye 9 Vila Halafihi 10 Tyler Dickinson 11 Connor Bower 12 Joel Farrell 13 Titus Gwaze Subs (all used) 15 Evan Hodgson 18 Aaron Murphy 22 Kyle Wood 27 Jesse Sene-Lefeo Tries: Joel Farrell (9), Dawson-Jones (56), Izaac Farrell (64), Gwaze (79) Goals: Aston 3/4 Penalty count: 8-6 Half-time: 6-18 Referee: Scott Mikalauskas & Nick Bennett Attendance: 1063 SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-12,6-18, 6-24,12-24,16-24,16-28,22-28,22-34

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13 Jul, 2024


SWINTON LIONS 24 WIDNES VIKINGS 12 IAN RIGG Heywood Road, Sunday 7 July 2024 Swinton Lions bounced back up off the canvas to stun the Vikings with a fantastic performance especially in the second half. Despite again not scoring in one half of rugby the Lions played some vintage stuff in the second half to nil their opponents and claim the valuable points. It was a bright start for both sides and they both had early use of the ball, but it was the Vikings who opened the scoring on sixteen minutes when Danny Langtree went over on the right after pressure on the line and Tom Gilmore converted. Their second try came four minutes later when they forced a goal line drop out and Lewis Hall kicked short from under the posts and Vikings got the ball back with former Lion Nick Gregson crashed over on the right and again Gilmore converted. They forced another drop out a few minutes later but Rhodri Lloyd was unable to control the ball and the Lions got it back and from this Dan Okoro made a seventy metre break up centre field but ran out of support. George Roby was sent to the sin-bin just after the half hour but the Vikings could not capitalise, and poor handling handed the ball back to the Lions. In the dying seconds of the half Jack Owens tried a field goal, but it sailed wide. Just after the restart and following a Widnes scrum deep in the Lions' half, the ball was thrown out wide to the right and the impressive Rhys Williams intercepted it to race ninety metres to score and Dan Abram converted. This seemed to kickstart the Lions into action and a few minutes later Owens fumbled a high kick in his own ten and the pressure on the line saw Rodden cross on the left and Abram converted to lock the scores. The next try followed quickly when the Vikings were penalised for offside in their own twenty and from resulting pressure some good passing saw former Viking Jayden Hatton score on the left, but Abram was unable to convert. Ben Hartill then went close after a one-on-one ball steal but lost the ball near the line. After another penalty to the Lions on seventy-one minutes for a dump in the tackle and Abram added the penalty points and Sam Brooks was sent to the sin-bin. Vikings then tried the short kick off which didn’t come off as the Lions went back downfield. Another penalty to the Lions with four minutes left for holding down and Abram was on target again, and with two minutes left a great bit of play down the left saw Rodden break and draw Lloyd Roby before sending Williams over in the corner for his second try. Abram could not convert this one but the game was won, and the final hooter sounded a few seconds later. LIONS 1 Dan Abram 25 Richard Lepori 3 Jake Spedding 4 Jayden Hatton 5 Rhys Williams 16 Lewis Hall 29 Kai Morgan 31 Dan Okoro 9 George Roby 20 Jack Houghton 11 Gav Rodden 21 Andy Badrock 13 Mikey Wood Subs (all used) 35 Ben Hartill 12 Mitch Cox 33 Leon Cowen 24 Jordan Case Tries: Williams (46,78), Rodden (53), Hatton (61) Goals: Abram 4/6 Sin-bin: Roby (31) use of elbow VIKINGS 1 Jack Owens 20 Mike Butt 25 Keanan Brand 11 Rhodri Lloyd 21 Ollie Brookes 6 Joe Lyons 7 Tom Gilmore 15 Liam Kirk 9 Matty Fozard 31 Dan Murray 19 Sam Wilde 12 Danny Langtree 13 Nick Gregson Subs (all used) 14 Jordan Johnstone 10 Sam Brooks 17 Liam Bent 27 Louis Brogan 24 Lloyd Roby Tries: Langtree (16), Gregson (20) Goals: Gilmore 2/2 Sin-bin: Brooks (71) tip tackle Penalty count: 5-6 Half-time: 0-12 Referee: Liam Rush Attendance: 1,069

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