I'm unsure if Hanworth is renowned for its Miracles but on Saturday the 23rd September Whitton Lions produced one of their own.
After last week’s 61-0 decisive win against CSSC, the Lions headed down to the Albert for their post-match celebration in a confident mood for their next match.
However a subsequent pre match planning session in the pub ahead of the forthcoming top of the table clash rather dampened the mood when Captain Dan discovered he could not call upon the same team as the previous week. However after some serious canvassing, by Saturday morning had some semblance of a team. The Lions started with fourteen men, waiting for the arrival of Ori and Kini, on the other hand Twickenham could choose from thirty two players.
Lions received the kick off with Paul racing towards the Twickenham line, he touched down but the ball bounced, with Twickenham players complaining causing the referee to disallow the try. Twickenham then worked the ball down the field and scored though this was a blessing in disguise for Whitton; from the restart Twickenham threw a horrible pass which bounced on the floor into James hands and he ran under the posts.
Dan Saxby got the next, off some excellent forward play rounding defenders and then bouncing off Twickenham’s defense. Leon grabbed the next after Twickenham’s scrum half tapped a penalty, pushed the ball wide though found Leon who raced half the pitch. Ori arrived in the thirty eighth to bring Lions up to fifteen players but Twickenham scored the last try of the half off the lineout with a driving maul.
Half Time - Twickenham 3rds 12-26 Whitton Lions
In the second half, Twickenham’s poor tactical kicking led to four more tries for the Lions. The first a brilliant move fielded by Paul who passed to Angert who put in a deft chip and chase gathered by James who fed to new arrival Ori for his first try. After the restart Twickenham kept possession; Zak fell for a step near the halfway line and Twickenham’s raced for the line though Paul stopped him deep in the Lions twenty two metre. Twickenham were camped in the Lions twenty two for ten minutes trying to take advantage of Lions makeshift scrum and eventually after many pick and go’s foiled by Lions defence… Twickenham crashed over.
After the restart Lions scored three more through counter attack play, Ori bagged another and James rounded off the try scoring with two more, Ryan ended the day with two penalties.
Lions victorious Captain Dan was the most pleased getting one over on his old mates. Next week the Lions head to Old Deer Park to play London Welsh Occies.
Go to Dan M playing his first game in a year and is still the player he was in his younger days with his strong running. Also Kini and Ori for helping out the Lions making deceive runs which lead to great tries. Furthermore the whole forward pack who held out against Twickenham’s heavier pack and stopping their powerful driving forward play.
MOM went to Zak for playing loose head prop, as recruitment secretary Zak urges all Lions players to find more props.
DOD should have gone to Paul for the knock over the line, though Alex for some awful chat after the game received the award.
Final score 17-53
1 Zak 2 Frodo 3 Alex
4 Southern Steve 5 Jim
6 Ryan 7 Given 8 Dan M
9 Dan S 10 James
12 Angert 13 James
11 Leon 14 Shunt 15 Paul