RUGBY: Rugby Lions

Jonny Ure scored three tries at Southam
Jonny Ure scored three tries at Southam

Ready for trip to second placed Warwickians

Southam 2nd XV 0

Rugby Lions 108

This was obviously a complete mismatch on a sodden pitch but Southam 2s are to be thanked for agreeing to play the game and for keeping their heads up, if not entirely above water, throughout what the referee decided to shorten to a 63-minute affair, writes Alistair Bruten.

Rugby had agreed to field a weakened side before Southam finally confirmed the fixture but there are not poor players in the Lions squad so their weight, strength and speed allowed them to completely dominate a game again watched by a good contingent of Lions fans who outnumbered the combined total of spectators watching the Southam first team and colts team on the slightly drier adjacent pitches.

Highlights of the match were three tries each for wing Jonny Ure on his return to fitness from a serious shoulder injury and for no. 8 Tom Kimberley with 14 successful conversions out of 16 for skipper Gareth Bott, who also scored a late try.

Rugby had been keen to give squad members additional game time and to keep other players match fit rather than have a week off before two of their biggest games of the season so far.

# On Saturday week (February 1) Lions host Cleethorpes in the Midlands semi-final of the RFU Junior Vase at Webb Ellis Road.

# And this Saturday, Rugby play the club lying second in Midlands 5 West (South) when they return to the Warwickians ground just outside Warwick (CV35 8HA), ko 2.15pm.

Warwickians also played last week as three postponed games in this division from the week before were able to go ahead on a reserve weekend and they won 5-13 away against stout opponents Keresley.

Although Rugby beat Warwickians 45-7 in the league at Webb Ellis Road in early October, their opponents looked to have the most to offer of the sides seen in the first half of the season. However, a month later, the teams met again in the Warwickshire Shield. And on their own tight pitch in an end-to-end gale, with both sides missing a few first-choice players, Warwickians looked rather less able to draft in quality replacements than Lions, despite the score being closer at 10-34.

# On Sunday, the Rugby Lionesses play Keresley Ladies at Webb Ellis Road (ko 2.15 pm) having won the reverse fixture 25-27 thanks to a fantastic comeback in the last few minutes.

Rugby Lions scorers v Southam 2s: Tries: Scott (2), Larchet (2), Whiteside, Kimberley (3), Fuller, Ure (3), Husthwaite (2), Collins, Bott; Conversions: Bott (14)

Team: Whiteside, Scott, Larchet, Bott, Ure, Dignum, Collins, W Attenborough, Gurling, Nurse, Branston, Everton, Fuller, Devgun, Kimberley. Reps: Edwards, Lockley, Husthwaite, Deacon