RUGBY: Lions secure league title with two games to go

Rugby Lions on their way to a 21-5 victory over Claverdon on Saturday (Picture by Ray Andrews)
Rugby Lions on their way to a 21-5 victory over Claverdon on Saturday (Picture by Ray Andrews)

Nothing to separate Old Laurentians and Newbold yet

With two games to go, Rugby Lions became league champions on Saturday. Lions maintained their 100 per cent record in Midlands 4 West (South) by beating Claverdon 21-5 away. Lions are 14 points clear with 73, with Evesham second on 59 and Claverdon third with 54.

Lions’ last two league games are at home to Coventrians at Webb Ellis Road this Saturday and away to Coventry Welsh on April 11. In between they host Yorkshire side Northallerton in the national semi-final of the RFU Junior Vase on April 4. The winners earn a place in the final at Twickenham on May 3.

Excitement is mounting for OLs and Newbold, who are still top of their division, with just one more game before they meet at Parkfield Road on April 11.

Unbeaten leaders OLs won their latest Midlands 2 West (South) game 25-8 away at Leamington on Saturday and Newbold won 67-0 at home to Nuneaton Old Eds. The two Rugby clubs are romping away with the division, level on 91 points with Banbury in third on 67 points. The champions will gain automatic promotion with the runners-up going into the play-offs.

This weekend OLs are at home to Malvern at Fenley Field, while Newbold have a trip to Old Coventrians.

Newbold  v Nuneaton Old Edwardians  (Picture by Mike Baker)

Newbold v Nuneaton Old Edwardians (Picture by Mike Baker)

It wasn’t a good day for Rugby St Andrews at Northampton BBOB, as they went down 29-13 in their Midlands 3 East (South) game. With other results not going their way, Saints are now down to fifth, behind leaders Vipers, Rushden & Higham, Long Buckby and Oundle. This week Saints are at home to Northampton Casuals.

Rugby Welsh didn’t play on Saturday, but are at home to Birmingham Exiles at Alwyn Road this weekend in Midlands 5 West (South). Their final game of the campaign on April 11 will see them playing at bottom of the table Copsewood.