RUGBY: Rugby Lions

Action from Lions last game against Hinckley 2nds
Action from Lions last game against Hinckley 2nds

Junior Vase trip to Barton under Needwood

The Rugby Football Club had a big social weekend last week with the Christmas Quiz on Friday and the club’s Christmas Party on Saturday, which was eye opening, and for some eye watering, for the Lions but probably counted as a relatively quiet night out for the Lionesses, writes Alistair Bruten

The spirit within the rugby club has to be experienced to be believed and the various money-raising efforts for outside causes such as Children in Need have been a great testament to the kind of people in the club on and off the pitch.

While the Lionesses do not play again until the New Year, the Lions have a busy time either side of Christmas with two cup games.

They are rather harshly being required to play Old Leamingtonians in the Warwickshire Shield quarter final at Webb Ellis Road on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year.

But before then, Lions meet Barton under Needwood in the next game in their RFU Junior Vase adventure that has so far proved the highlight of an already very successful season for the Midlands 5 West (South) league leaders.

In earlier rounds, Lions have beaten Midlands 4 side Atherstone away 12-19 in round 1, previously unbeaten Midlands 4 team Bedford Swifts at home 30-15 in round 2 and Midlands 4 side Warley 8-51 away in round 3.

Now they face a Barton side from Midlands 4 West (South) who are challenging for promotion having beaten the league leaders Harbury 36-20 two weeks ago to lie third, 8 points behind Harbury but with a game in hand.

Barton have had a lighter season than expected so far with their first game postponed through a referee appointment error and two walkover wins in succession in November out of the seven walkovers in the division that Lions could be heading for next season if promoted.

Barton play in their village at Holland Sports Club Potters Way off Efflinch Lane DE13 8ET about five miles south of Burton upon Trent near the A38. Kick off is 2.15 pm.

Rugby Lions have enjoyed superb support this season but not only at home games. At away matches, Lions fans always make up about 95% of the total crowd and they have found a warm welcome every time in the unfailingly pleasant and well looked after host clubhouses.

The Rugby Lions players would really appreciate as much support as possible in their latest quest towards securing an appearance in a national final at Twickenham.