RUGBY LIONS: Twickenham dream over, beaten in Midlands Cup final

Lions won both league encounters, but Silhillians best on Saturday

PICTURES BY RAY ANDREWS

Rob Dignum at the centre of the action, with Sam James (left), Stuart Lee  and Chris Wood  PICTURES BY RAY ANDREWS

Rob Dignum at the centre of the action, with Sam James (left), Stuart Lee and Chris Wood PICTURES BY RAY ANDREWS

RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup Final

Silhillians 26

Rugby Lions 21

Rugby Lions’ dream of playing at Twickenham this year was ended by Silhillians on Saturday. Having beaten them twice in the league this season, the last time only a couple of weeks ago, Lions were hoping to make it three in a row.

But, despite leading 21-18 with ten minutes to go, lost the Midlands Cup final 26-21. Lions’ cause wasn’t helped by receiving three yellows and a red card during the afternoon.

Sils now go onto the national semi-finals at home to West Leeds, with the winner earning a place in the national final at Twickenham.

Lions are left to concentrate on the league, where they are top of Midlands 2 West (South) by seven points with four games to play.

This weekend Lions host 11th-placed Barkers Butts at Webb Ellis Road.