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04 April 2022



IAN RIGG – Portway Stadium

After two games the Lions sit proudly at the top of the League One table with two runaway victories. On Sunday the team travelled to Birmingham to visit the Hurricanes who have rebranded from Coventry Bears who played in League One last season. They now play at the Portway Stadium in Solihull and the ground reminded some Lions fans of their visit to Markham in Canada a few years back being located in the countryside with a massive playing surface.

The Lions took the lead after six minutes when some good pressure on the line saw Deane Meadows cross under the posts and Dan Abram added the simple conversion and this was followed by a second try four minutes later when Luke Waterworth went close but from the play the ball Mitch Cox went over from close range and Abram again converted. Abram himself added the third on thirteen minutes when a nice arching run saw him score on the right side and again the conversion was good.

Hurricanes hit back with their opener on nineteen minutes when Brad Clavering was held up just short and the ball moved swiftly left for Ben Stead to slip a tackle and score and Benn Hardcastle added the conversion Tyler Walton the Hurricanes loose forward was sent to the sin bin by referee Liam Rush for a push at the play the ball and five minutes into his rest on the side line the Lions scored again when Jack Spencer scored under the posts and again this was converted by Abram but again the Hurricanes fought back when they got the ball back from the restart and Anthony Boardman managed to find his way over for their second try by the posts but Hardcastle was off target with the conversion. The Lions scored again with seconds remaining of the half when Richard Lepori set up the first try for Jayden Hatton to score in the right corner and Abram converted from the touchline as the half time hooter sounded.

Hurricanes grabbed the first try of the second half when Hardcastle was fastest to react to a high kick near the line to score and add the conversion. The Hurricanes defence was holding up well until Luis Brogan set up a try for Lewis Charnock to score by the posts on fifty-seven minutes and Abram again converted. Nine minutes later they were in again when Jordan Case score by the posts and again the conversion was good. The fans favourite Mike Butt was next to score when he collected a loose ball on half way to race away to score by the posts and again Abram made no mistake with the kick and with five minutes left Hurricanes tried to go short with a goal line drop out but the ball bounced nicely for Jayden Hatton to race in on he right and Abram converted to score the final points of the afternoon  to send the large band of Lions fans home happy.

Team: Abram, Butt, Roberts, J.Hatton, Lepori, Gregson, Hansen, Meadows, Waterworth, Brogan, Lloyd, Cox, Case. Subs : Wilkinson, Spencer, Kenga, Charncok.

Tries: Meadows (6), Cox (10), Abram (13). Spencer (29), J.Hatton (39,75), Charnock (57), Case (66).

Butt (72).

Goals: Abram 9/9

Referee: Liam Rush

Pens: 4-9 to Lions

Half-Time : 10-30


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