The Lions entertained 1 of the remaining 3 unbeaten teams in the Bateman Premiership League and again ran out easy winners without ever getting into top gear for any sustained period of play. As is now customary the Lions handicapped themselves with an early yellow card but still managed to score during this period with the lively Thorp crossing the whitewash with the conversion being added by S Sheratte. Following this the lions continued to play in patches but the inability to keep hold of the ball and the continuing ability of conceding penalties kept Waterloo in the game and close in score only actually breaking away close to half time. When the Lions produced continuity and increased the speed of play the opposition could not cope with the accuracy that The Lions are able to play with, but too often this could not be sustained for any length of time and the ball was turned over or a penalty awarded against the Lions.
By half time Watkins had atoned for his early yellow card with a try and the ever green Hardwick crossed on 32 minutes with S Sheratte converting the first. The first half ended with the lions leading Waterloo 19-6. It was a concerning sight to see Sonny Bill Robinson limp off the field with a serious knee injury to be replaced by man mountain Jeremy Bostock, and D Sheratte also limping off for Hearn to replace him leaving the line outs somewhat of a lottery. However this was soon tidied up and the pack started to take control of the game.
Following the break Lion resumed the game is a far more determined fashion and produced some of the best rugby of the season to date with backs and forwards linking together to produce some exciting play that brought a further 6 tries for Venables x 2, Walker, Burke, Elliot and finally Thorpe with S Sheratte converting 5 of these. Note must be commented on debutant Charlie Venables 2 tries one being the full length of the pitch following a kick off receipt and breaking numerous tackles of a tired defence. The back row of Milne, Thorpe and Palmer worked tirelessly all afternoon and turned numerous ball over and allowed S Sheratte to put in a man of the match performance in keeping the game flowing and following a couple of years out with a serious knee injury he appears to be returning to the form that made him a regular Lions player a couple of years ago.
Next week the Lions are away At Sale FC, Heywood Road KO 3pm