CORNWALL 10 SWINTON LIONS 44

24 July 2022

IAN RIGG at The Memorial Ground, Penryn – Saturday

The Lions produced an eight try performance to complete the double over Cornwall in rainy Penryn supported by a large following from the Lions fans who were also enjoying a nice short break. 

There was an early blow for Allan Colemans team when Louis Brogan was sent to the sinbin in only the second minute for a late hit on the kicker and from this penalty Cornwall enjoyed some early pressure on the Lions line forcing a goal line drop out but this worked in the Lions favour when Dan Abram kicked the ball from under his own posts and with the trailing wind the kick went a full eighty metres up field and they got the ball back as it deflected off Chris Chard and went into touch from the resulting play the ball it was fizzed across the line to the left and Lewis Else sent a nice short pass for Mitch Cox to go through and score a try for the fifth game in a row but Dan Abram who had not missed in twenty-eight attempts hit the post and missed with his conversion attempt. The second Lions try come on ten minutes when Else again turned provider this time sending Abram through a gap on the left and he also added the conversion to this one. Else scored the Lions next try five minutes later escaping two tackles to touchdown and Abram converted again. Rhodri Lloyd made a fifty-metre break before feeding Else but he was tackled just short but Cornwall hit back on twenty-five minutes after a nice offload by Jamie Prisk sent Aaron Jones-Bishop over on the right but Joe Purcell hit the post with his conversion attempt.

The Lions hit back again nine minutes from the break when Brad Holroyd scored his first Lions try with his very first touched as he chased a spiralling kick from Else it with the race with Liam Whitton to score under the posts and Abram converted and right on the half time hooter Cornwall substitute Paul Bolger was sent to the sinbin for a tip tackle.

The Lions scored first in the second half when Lloyd scored in the right corner and Abram judged the wind perfectly to land his one hundredth goal for the season. The next try came on fifty-nine minutes when Jordan Case went over on the right and again the conversion was added. Abram was now playing at hooker, and he was provider of the next try which sent Jack Hansen through to score under the posts and Abram converted again. The final Lions try came on seventy minutes when Max Roberts turned provider with a nice inside kick for the supporting Else who scored on the left and Abram had left the field, so Hansen converted this one. Cornwall scored the last try of the game with seven minutes left when Prisk scored under the posts and Purcell converted and in the final seconds of the game an incident was placed on report for an illegal tackle on Else.

Lions:

Abram, Kirkbright, Roberts, Lloyd, Lepori, Else, Hansen, Brogan, Wilkinson, L Hatton. Cox, Gregson, Charnock. SUBS: Brickhill, Case, Holroyd, Jones

Tries: Cox (5), Abram (10), Else (15,69), Holroyd (31), Lloyd (46), Case (59), Hansen (65)

Goals: Abram 5/7, Hansen 1/1

Referee: Matthew Lynn Pens: 3-5 H-T: 4-22 Attendance: 1046

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