RUGBY LIONS: Vase trip to St Neots

Jamie Mapletoft in Saturday's win over Five Ways Old Edwardians (Picture by Mike Baker)
Jamie Mapletoft in Saturday's win over Five Ways Old Edwardians (Picture by Mike Baker)
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Tricky cup opener against another team with 100% record

Saturday sees a break in league action with the first round of the National Vase and we have a real tricky opener - St Neots of Cambridge away, writes Lions player coach Rob Dignum.

Lionesses by Chris White Photography

Lionesses by Chris White Photography

They, like Lions, sit at the top of the adjacent league with a 100% record during pre-season, cup and league games thus far and will again, without doubt be our toughest opposition to date.

We will not be taking them lightly and are very aware of the threat that lies in wait.

Indeed there is no let up any time soon, tough cup draws coupled with imminent crucial away league games; we get through October and this will be one happy reporter!

After three wins from three games to go top of their league, including last week’s 17-24 victory over Barker Butts, Lions Development team have a break this week and it is hoped that we as one club will be travelling eastbound collectively on the bus to St Neots to lend much needed voice and moral support, moreover to all enjoy some of Cambridgeshire’s hostelries together. Clichéd I know, but the beer will taste an awful lot sweeter if we put in a full 80-minute performance and subsequently gain victory.

Lionesses by Chris White

Lionesses by Chris White

While Lions won their Midlands 4 West (South) league game against Five Ways Old Edwardians last Saturday 75-3 to regain top pot in the table.

The pick of Lions’ scorers at Webb Ellis Road were: Gaz Bott, who crossed with four and Ciaran Wardle impressed with two tries. He is quick! Other scorers: Sunny Dhindsa, Ben Husthwaite, Adam Attenborough, Ash Williams, Jamie Mapletoft and Tom Fuller.

The Lionesses put in a valiant effort but didn’t fair so well in their game against a strong Bridgnorth Ladies on Sunday, going down 68-7.


This weekend Newbold travel to Dunstablians in the Intermediate Cup.

Old Laurentians have a bye in their Intermediate Cup campaign, so have a blank Saturday, but return to action on October 11 when they entertain Spartans in a league match.

Rugby St Andrews also have a free week, resuming next weekend with a visit from Vipers.