Rugby Lions played their first game of the season out of Rugby and produced their best performance of the season to record an emphatic win.
On the wide open spaces of the Old Leams ground, it was a raw day but still the Lions fans matched the home support in numbers and outshouted them in their support.
Even though this was a side that featured only six players from the previous game a fortnight earlier, the continuity of play from Rugby was of a different order from anything seen earlier and both forwards and backs showed performed really well as units.
Leamingtonians had a considerable advantage in height but even in the lineouts this was made to count for nothing thanks to David Fry’s accurate throws and the catching of Ben Everton, who again marshalled the side so there was no slacking.
The Rugby backs were simply too much for the home team to deal with and as early as the second minute, Gavin King raced clear to score. Soon after, Rob Milner, in the unfamiliar but very effective role of no. 8, added the second.
As the game progressed, wing James Scott and centre Jack Riley scored regularly with Riley also converting several tries to underline his side’s superiority.
OLs’ single score came from a charged down clearance midway through the first half.
A half-time lead of 5-24 looked good enough with Rugby playing so well but they pushed on to score another five tries for a convincing victory.
Rugby Lions: J Phillips, P Curry, J Riley, B Myers, J Scott, G King, P Spooner, J Webb, D Fry, I Edwards, B Everton, H Scutt, R Cleaver, T Fuller, R Milner, N Stone
This game was the 13th fixture of the season that Rugby have been ready to play although some games have been cancelled because of the snow or because the opposition have cried off.
They are looking to play something close to 20 games by the end of the season and will have needed to apply to return to the Warwickshire RFU league pyramid before then.
Lions’ Crusaders side had played Old Leamingtonians on their way to winning the Warwickshire Cup last season and they also played this opponents in the same competition when the visitors to Webb Ellis Road are Rugby St Andrews (ko 2.15 pm).
The fixture is being played as a memorial game for one of Rugby Lions’ most devoted supporters, Tony Green, who sadly died some weeks ago.