Friendly win at Webb Ellis Road

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Rugby played their third game of this revival season when they hosted Broadstreet 4th XV on Saturday, writes Alistair Bruten.

The crowd was a little smaller than the one that watched the previous game but the spectators enjoyed the match, which Rugby won 38-21, and again many wanted to express their gratitude to those that made the game possible so that they could see senior rugby still being played on the Webb Ellis Road pitch.

Thanks are due to a number of volunteers who are working hard with visible results and further progress seen on every visit.

The bar has a new team, the food shop was back in action and the pitch and dressing rooms were all in excellent condition to welcome the players and it takes a lot of work to get enough players together for such a random fixture list.

The occasion was also graced by a BBC video cameraman apparently acquiring footage for a feature on Rugby’s journey back from the brink.

Broadstreet made a very significant contribution to an entertaining afternoon. In their team of both experienced and very young players was the Broadstreet chairman and former first team player and captain, John Warne.

Before playing, he said, “This is a local rugby club to us and we’re here to support you.”

A number of committed Lions fans have taken up Broadstreet’s kind offer of receiving free entry to games at the Ivor Preece Field Ground on production of some form of proof of having bought Lions season tickets for this season.

In the Rugby side were some of the Tailenders players from the game at AEI and others who played in the second game. Players making their first appearance this season included Gareth Bott from AEI and Ian Renard, a Rugby lad who came up through the Lions age groups to play for the first team and help keep Jason Robinson relatively quiet at Fylde, and who now plays for Kettering and is a coach with the RFU.

Rugby got off to a great start and were soon 19-0 ahead through three well worked tries.

This lead was considered essential if Broadstreet’s young legs weren’t going to take control later on.

In fact, Rugby kept going extremely well and from a 31-7 half-time lead, they held on to win 38-21.

Well done to Richard Meacham, now Rugby’s official referee who looked calm and quietly in control under the scrutiny of a referee’s assessor for this game.

This was a somewhat unexpected fixture that took place without much advance notice and the next game is expected to be in the Clonmel Cup before more regular fixtures are arranged for later in the season.

Rugby: Holmes, Stone, Borg, Gee, Phillips, Bott, Renard, Maskell, Machin, Goodfellow, O’Keefe, Currie, Fuller, Riley, Lawson, Ford, Edwards, Griffin