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19 April 2023

Ian Rigg at Olympic Legacy Park

A great defensive effort by the Lions almost produced victory against high flying Eagles on their own patch in front of the television cameras. Jordy Gibson thought he had put his side ahead in seventh minute when he claimed the try but the official said he was held up but with no video referee the on-field referee had all the calls. Eagles took the lead on fifteen minutes when QLT scored on the right through an overlap but the conversion attempt from Cory Aston struck the posts and bounced away. Five minutes later they were in again when Aston escaped a missed tackle to crash in by the posts and he also added the simple conversion. Gibson then was held up again after Jake Spedding intercepted a pass near his own line, but the Eagles defence held out and the homeside were having chances too but some great defence from the Lions also held them out.

The Lions hit back on fifty minutes when Gav Rodden charged down an Eagles kick around about halfway and he collected the ball to race away and score under the posts with Dan Abram adding the conversion. From this point on the Lions had the better of the play as they tried to get a decisive score and Jordan Case was held up on sixty-four minutes and then four minutes later Liam Cooper was also held up but had to leave the field with an arm injury. Eagles had a rare chance with ten minutes left when Aston broke but his final pass to Liam Kirk went to ground with the line open twenty metres out. With five minutes later Abram thought he had scored when Matty Chrimes was tackled near his own line and as he played the ball Abram dived on it but he was judged offside by the referee and even the commentary team on the television thought he had scored but it wasn’t to be. The Lions were continuing to press the Eagles line trying to get their reward but with two minutes left Jesse Sene Lefao stole the ball one on one in the tackle and this set up Kris Welham who sent Ben Jones Bishop away to clinch victory under the posts and Aston converted and the hooter sounded shortly afterwards.


Abram, Romeo, Lloyd, Badrock, Spedding, Olds, Gibson, Cooper, Eaves, Case, Baker, Rodden, Gregson.  SUBS: Roby, Parnaby (NU), Brogan, Hall

Penalties: 5-10, Half-time: 10-0, Attendance: 1179


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