Southam 13 - 25 Rugby Lions
A large crowd was came down to Kineton Rd, some to watch the match, but far more to celebrate Andy Mitchells last Presidents Day as he is retiring after 15 years of club service.
The pitch was in good condition and no breeze and a fast game resulted, Southam had most of the game to start and played in the Lions half and after 8 minutes Southam got a 40m penalty through Captain Will Grindal for not rolling away. The Lions got into Southams half and from a penalty for offside at the scrum they kicked down to 10m out and from the lineout, catch and drove for the try after 17 minutes. It was nip and tuck for the next 25 minutes, until the Rugby No10 broke all the way down into Southam 22 and was brought down by wing Will Clarke, the No10 laid the ball back and released and Clarke dived over for the ball and was incorrectly penalised, Rugby did not worry and took 3 points for the penalty after 42 minutes.
HT 3 - 8
Southam competed well in all areas, but the lineout had been misfiring, this put pressure on Southam and kept the Lions on the front foot. 10 minutes in Lions got on the board with a 30m penalty from a contentious decision for not rolling away. Southam kept breaking in the backs and just could not crack the Lions, but after 26 minutes a break from prop Andy Barnes got through the line and over the halfway, Barnes fed scrum half Lewis Dodds, out of the tackle and he jinked through the defence into the Lions 22, full back Pete Burnell arrived at speed and Dodds found him nicely in heavy traffic. Burnell stepped one man and then accelerated for the line and took two men over with him for the try on 26 minutes. 4 minutes later Lions got down into the Southam 22 from another contentious penalty. Southam did not handle the lineout well and the Lions easily drove over for the converted try. Southam were now 10 points behind and with time running out, they started to push the game and 37 minutes in a floated pass on the Lions 10m was intercepted by the Lions centre for a converted try. At the death Southam finished off with beauty, from a scrum on halfway No8 Andy Ford, picked and spun out to evade the first tackle and cross the gain line, Lions were up tight and the Southam backs fashioned 3 basketball passes to get the ball out to Clarke on the wing, he made ground all the way into the Lions 22 and fed wing Ally Thorpe, who stepped back inside for the try.
FT 13 - 25
It was always going to be a tough day for Southam against a professional club and with a struggling lineout, but the Southam boys can feel well satisfied as they always in the game and with few more generous decisions, the players felt they were worth a bonus point and maybe more.
MOTM Andy Barnes
Next League Match: Mar 25th away v Silhillians