Sat 21 Sep 2019 10:56

Whittion Lions started life in Middlesex Merit table division three with a visit from Old Streetonians 3rd XV; and after two straight promotions Lions were confident against a side who finished mid table last season.

Lions kicked off and started strongly after regathering the ball they gained an advantage from a Streets infringement. Captain James kicked for touch, from the resulting lineout the ball was worked centrally towards the posts. Forward carries from first Luke, falling just short, and then a powerful burst from Essex Paul grounding the ball against the base of the post gave the Lions their first points of the competitive season, Ryan kicked the conversion - Lions 7-0 Old Streetonians III.

Streets levelled the scores, sprinting down the left wing and under the posts and this set the tone for a competitive match under the sweltering September heat - Lions 7-7 Old Streetonians III.

Though this was not to be the case - Handling errors from the Streets backline produced many opportunities for Lions. From a Streets scrum Lions gained possession led by the powerful front row of Graeme, Richard and Essex Paul. From this, the ball was spread from the hands of the makeshift, but adept, centre Cam for Adam to swerve his way over the try line, Ryan added the conversion Lions 14-7 Old Streetonians III. 

Adam added another from a spilled Streets backs move and hacked the ball towards the line before gathering and dotting down near the posts, Ryan adding the extras - Lions 21-7 Old Streetonians III.

This angered Streets who came firing back into the game, from a lineout in the Lions 22, they shipped the ball wide and went over, despite this they failed to score as tenacious winger Juan dragging the Streets player into touch. Streets did eventually score later in the half and the game looked like it would become a contest again.

From the dominant scrum quick ball was fed out to Flyhalf James to score under the posts and reassert a healthy lead of 28-14 at the halfway mark.

HT - Lions 28-14 Old Streetonians III.

Early in the second half Lions ended the contest first with Luke dashing away to score and then James with another, and by the fifty-minute mark Lions led 42-14.

The introduction of brothers Ka and Vincent led to Lions last try, first Ka regathering from the kick off, then from a wider ball to Vincent setting up central field position. A short ball from the ruck to Ka who jinked his way through the defence brought him near to the try line before offloading to James for his third of the day.

Streets added to late scores to salvage a bonus point and some pride to end the day 47-28.

FT - Lions 47-28 Old Streetonians III

Team

1 Graeme 2 Richard 3 Essex Paul
4 Zak 5 Wayne
6 Ryan 7 Leo 8 Luke
9 Angert 10 James 11 Juan 12 Cam 13 Adam 14 Omar 15 Matt

16 Ka 17 Vincent 18 Jed

Scores

Tries: James x3, Adam x2, Essex Paul, Luke.
Conversions: Ryan 6/6 James 0/1

Awards

MoM: Ka for his moments of brilliance.
DoD: James for sliding and missing the ball under the Lions posts to concede a try.
Special mentions to forwards Luke, Paul and Wayne for great go forward in attack, Richard and Graeme for adding stability to the scrum, Leo at the Lineout for providing a solid attacking platform. In the backs big thanks to Cam the returning Lion for playing in the centre and to Omar Juan, Jed and Matt for covering fullback.

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