A MUCH BETTER EFFORT FROM THE LIONS
Having been beaten thoroughly by the very strong Gravesend 3rd Team before Christmas, The Lions put out a stronger team for this Home game
The Gravesend 3rds are composed of many experienced players who frankly, could play at above this level . However, this is 'a club within a club' and they are a lively bunch and the game was played in a good spirit .
Gravesend started well and the Lions responded strongly . The powerful Gravesend pack began to establish a superiority and thus their backs used the possession to good effect . But the Lions held the attacks as the half wore on and there were some good tackles and strong drives around the scrums, in which Mitch Halpin was prominent . However, the 'off-loading' by the Lions was not good. Too many attacks went to ground when a good offload would have brought results .
Gravesend were strong in their tight scrummaging and forward drives, and this brought tries . Also, the two line-out jumpers for the visitors ensured that they had control and possession in that area .The Half-Time score was 11-nil to Gravesend .
The Lions played better in the second half and there were some good aspects . Maxwell at outside centre burst onto the pass well and Henry Evans, a young man playing on the wing, was impressive under the high ball and counter-attacked well . Ed Topping made some good runs but better off-loading was again absent .
The Gravesend pack made some good drives and scores were made around the edges . The conversions and penalty goals added to the score and despite some good attacks by the Lions, Gravesend kept their goal-line intact .
In all, the Lions deserved to score at least two tries and Gravesend acknowledged that the score did not accurately reflect the match .
Gravesend and their many supporters celebrated a successful season with gusto and style in the Lions Clubhouse and it was a good afternoon for rugby .
The Lions 2nd Team is gathering a good group of players and a better potential is there . More players need to train and to improve their basic fitness , then success will follow