Sat 27 Jan 2018
Lions capitalise on Chiswick errors to close in on the championship
After last week’s epic clash in the mud, which saw Lions overcome the Welsh, Greame led another strong squad to face mid table, Chiswick fours. A late Thursday pitch inspection confirmed the game could go ahead at Fortress Whitton but once again would be played out in the mud. With the conditions in mind, Jim and James pre game drills focusing on co-ordinated running off the back of the breakdown, the Lions were prepared for a forward dominated game.
In the first ten minutes the forwards made the hard yards using the plays from the pre-game drills, though the Lions were stuck in the mud and when the ball came out to the backs the attack was stifled.
The muddy deadlock was broken by the visionary Adam who managed to push up in defence and sneak not one, but two interceptions, sprinting half the pitch to score two converted tries - Lions 14 Chiswick 0
After these tries Lions continued to use a forwards game which has gone from strength to strength since Christmas. Pressing on the Chiswick line the Lions spilled the ball and clearance kick from Chiswick landed into the hands of our Irish flyer Paul who sped fifty metres past defenders to score under the posts - Lions 21-0 Chiswick.
Half time - Lions 21-0 Chiswick
In the second half Chiswick came out fighting and that pressure meant they spent most of the half in the Lions territory. It looked like Lions might fail to score a crucial fourth try which would see them gain an all important bonus point meaning when Leon saved the day and grabbing a crucial score. With the ball loose from a breakdown, Leon capitalised on defensive indecision and hacked it down field setting of a footrace hampered by the conditions. Some nifty footballing skills saw Leon continually kick the ball on and over the line before he managed to dive and ground the ball to the right of the posts - Lions 26-0 Chiswick.
After this try Lions started to gain a foothold in the Chiswick half but were unable to link up to put more points on the board. As the game drew to a close Chiswick never gave up and started to gain dominance through their mauling game and came within ten metres of scoring, but a strong Lions defence kept the score 26-0.
Full time - Lions 26-0 Chiswick
The result sees Lions open up a twenty-point lead at the top of the table over London Welsh with three games to play.
Next week Lions take on Bank of England in another crucial game in the race for the championship.
MOM Irish Paul
Special mentions to Oli Given in his first game at prop for the Lions.
DOD Jim because he is too light to be a prop
1 Matt 2 Graeme 3 Oli
4 Hal 5 Zak
6 Gareth 7 Southern Steve 8 Birdman
9 Leon 10 Southern Paul
12 Adam 13 Warwick
11 Angert 14 Andy
15 Irish Paul