There was a second successive weekend for the Lions 1st XV after the previous weekend’s sun-drenched victory, the Lions first team had to make do with decidedly cooler weather on Saturday, but overcame the cold to give the opposition the chills with two important victories.
Uxbridge 5 – 96 London Scottish Lions 1st XV
RFU Herts Middlesex Division 2
(18 tries, 3 conversions)
A short hop across the A4 and the Lions arrived for their fifth game of the 2018/19 Herts Middlesex 2 season against Uxbridge. Coming off a big win the weekend before, spirits were high amongst the largely unchanged squad.
Full-back Fraser Morrison picked up a hamstring niggle in the warm-up and was rested for the game, giving impressive youngster Taino Goveia a start at 15. Thankfully Morrison’s injury would be the only major knock received during a hard-fought match against the local rivals.
From the outset it looked like the size and experience of the Uxbridge scrum would present a challenge to the Lions’ mix of old heads and youthful energy. Indeed, it did. However, as soon as the ball was distributed out beyond the flanks, the pace and movement of the Lions backs shone through.
Two quick tries from the feet of Jem Edwards set the Lions up and running, but it was Centre-turned-Flanker Luca Vittori’s try that really seemed to punish the home team. It was 25 minutes before Uxbridge scored, after a dubious yellow card was given to Will Radford when contesting the ball. The Lions held firm for some 6 minutes, but the home team could smell a try and pursued it relentlessly.
This only served to inspire the Lions more and they added a further 20 points by halftime, running in 3 more tries before the break.
Uxbridge’s front row picked up several knocks, and in the second half not only did the Lions pick up where they left off with the running plays, but overcame the deficit in the scrum too. Coming off the bench, Noah De Wild starred in the second half too.
It finished up 96-5 with the Lions scoring 18 tries, with substitute Rory Paris making an impact with four tries, Goveia picking up more to his credit, and Dennis Gibson also getting across the line for a hard-won five points. Had it been a better day for conversions, this game may have led to the team’s first 100 point+ game.