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01 July 2024


IAN RIGG at Millenium Stadium, Saturday 29 June 2024

Doncaster got back to winning ways with three second half tries to condemn the Lions to another defeat and yet another game where they only scored points in one half or Rugby which has happened for the last four games. It looked like the Lions were going to score with virtually their first attack when Jake Spedding broke down the right to draw the defence and send an inside pass to Mitch Cox, but he was unable to control the pass and the chance went. Brett Ferres was sent to the sinbin for a dangerous tackle on fifteen minutes and the Lions were awarded a penalty in their own half and from this they launched and attack in the Doncaster half and a minute later Pauli Pauli was also sent to the sinbin for another dangerous tackle this time on Lewis Hall. The Lions with the two-man advantage were desperate to make the home side pay and a good passing movement saw full back Joe Purcell cross on the left and narrow the angle for Dan Abram to convert. From the restart more pressure on the line saw Jack Stevens break towards the posts but an ankle tap from Connor Robinson was enough to stop the momentum. Williams then had a try cancelled out for a knock on in the twenty-fifth minute when he dived for the corner after a Josh Guzdek mistake in his own twenty. The first real Doncaster attack up the slope came on twenty-seven minutes when Suaia Matagi found himself ten metres from the line but lost the ball with no pressure on him. A Doncaster player was placed on report by referee Cameron Worsley on the half hour for what looked a dangerous challenge on Cox and then they had another good attack but again lost the ball. Abram put his side further ahead three minutes from the break for an off the ball challenge during a promising build up.

Another good start for the Lions in the second half but nothing came of it before Watson Boas had a try cancelled out for a forward pass, they did however open their scoring on fifty minutes when Reece Lyne crossed after good build up on the right and Robinson converted. Doncaster were now getting the upper hand and the Lions defence was being stretched before Bureta Faraimo scored on the right after a nice, angled run and again Robinson made no mistake with the kick to put his side in command. The Lions tried to hit back and good play up the right involving Jonny Vaughan, Spedding and Matty Chrimes almost ended with points on the board, but Craig Hall got there just in time to stop the danger. A second Doncaster player was placed on report on sixty-seven minutes for another dangerous tackle this time on Lewis Hall who had to leave the field a few minutes later. The final Doncaster try came from a Lions attack when they went close, but a wild pass went to Lyne, and he cleared the line and a few minutes later a nice kick to the corner found Tom Halliday and he crossed in the right corner and Robinson converted off the touchline. Robinson missed a forty-five-metre penalty in the last five minutes of the game but by then the points were in the bag.

23 Joe Purcell
2 Matty Chrimes
3 Jake Spedding
4 Jayden Hatton
5 Rhys Williams
18 Jack Stevens
1 Dan Abram
13 Mikey Wood
31 Jake Burns
37 Ant Walker
29 Jonny Vaughan
12 Mitch Cox
16 Lewis Hall

Subs (all used)
9 George Roby
24 Jordan Case
36 Jordan Brown
21 Andy Badrock

Try: Purcell (17)
Goals: Abram 2/2

1 Josh Guzdek
30 Bureta Faraimo
4 Reece Lyne
23 Jason Tali
2 Tom Halliday
19 Craig Hall
7 Connor Robinson
20 Brad Knowles
15 Joe Lovodua
10 Suaia Matagi
27 Brett Ferres
16 Pauli Pauli
31 Nathan Wilde

Subs (all used)
3 Brad Hey
8 Keelan Foster
24 Watson Boas
25 Ilikaya Mafi

Tries: Lyne (50), Faraimo (59), Halliday (72)
Goals: Robinson 3/4
Sin-bin: Ferres (15) Dangerous tackle
Pauli Pauli (16) Dangerous Tackle
On Report: Dangerous tackle (29) on Jordan Case
Dangerous tackle (67) on Mitch Cox

Penalty count: 9-9
Half-time: 0-8
Referee: Cameron Worsley
Attendance: 1056


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