RUGBY: Lions host new leaders Silhillians

Dan Forde in Lions' game at Spartans   Picture by Ray Andrews
Dan Forde in Lions' game at Spartans Picture by Ray Andrews

Four home games for rugby fans this weekend

Rugby Lions supporters will be out in force on Saturday for the visit of new league leaders Silhillians to Webb Ellis Road, kick-off 3pm.

After Lions’ two recent away defeats at the hands of Pinley and Spartans, they have had to relinquish top spot in Midlands 2 West (South) and Sils have crept one point above them.

So Lions, who enjoyed a run of 19 straight wins, will be more determined than ever to notch up their 20th and get their season back on track.

The league encounter sets up the re-match on March 18 when the two meet again, this time at Sils in the final of the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup, with a place at Twickenham then just one more win away.

Newbold’s fixture sees them hosting tenth-placed Paviors to Parkfield Road, as the Midlands 1 East leaders bid to extend their gap at the top.

Old Laurentians, who are second in Midlands 2 East (South), welcome seventh-placed Luton to Fenley Field. Peterborough have one hand on the automatic promotion place being 14 points clear at the top, but OLs are looking good in the battle for the play-off place.

On 57 points, OLs are three ahead of nearest rivals Oadby Wyggestonians (54), with Oundle a further point behind on 53.

And for Rugby Welsh, who are fourth in Midlands 5 West (South) sixth-placed Trinity Guild will be their visitors to Alwyn Road.

Rugby St Andrews, who have had a good run of form to lift themselves up to sixth in Midlands 3 West (South) have to wait until March 11 for their next game, when they visit Upton on Severn, who are currently ninth.