Keen to get back into action
After the frustration of having three games cancelled in the previous three weeks, Rugby Lions will hope to get their revival season underway again this weekend when they play Lutterworth 2nd XV at Webb Ellis Road (ko 2.15 pm), writes Alistair Bruten.
With Lutterworth less than eight miles north of Rugby, this is pretty much a local derby so the will to win will be fully in evidence.
Lutterworth, who play in shirts very reminiscent of the traditional and now discarded Leicester Tigers kit, have six senior teams on Saturdays so this fixture against the 2nd team should be a stiff challenge.
At the beginning of January, Lutterworth had the distinction of recording nine wins out of nine for weekend matches.
This includes the Colts sides and a Ladies side.
In their most recent game on January 12, Lutterworth 2nd XV did well to win 12-36 at South Leicester, whose first team were league opponents of Rugby Lions last season.
Their next game on their website is a game against Coalville 2nd XV in the Leicestershire League Premier Division in which they have a 70% winning record but the Rugby friendly would have been confirmed too recently to be appearing on their fixture list.
According to Lutterworth’s website, their 1st XV backs coach is called Richard Pell, who is presumably the former Rugby fly half and coach who also went on to coach Nottingham.
And their 2nd XV player gallery includes a lock appropriately called Lawrence Sherriffs.
The weather forecast for this week appeared to suggest the pitch, which has been so impressive so far, would be very soft but there was nothing to make one think yet another cancellation was on the cards.
That means there should be yet another very good crowd, all things considered, who deserve every plaudit for continuing to support Rugby and who have been encouraged to maintain their support by the way the club management and other volunteers provide such a warm welcome with an attractively dressed clubhouse room, a bar, a snack shop and a big screen.
Obviously, the three successive cancellations have left Rugby struggling to fit in the number of games they want to play this season as they work towards restoring their league status.
It must be hoped that, as none of the cancellations have been because they could not raise a side or for any other fault of theirs, this will not count against them in the final reckoning.
The club are working hard to add more fixtures and this is shown by the late arrangement to play Lutterworth this week and to re-schedule the snowed-off home game against Nottingham side Paviors taking place the following week.