The Southern Lions 3rd Grade Black team took on UWA on their fields on Saturday 5 May, displaying some fine form after two weekends of close encounters.
Southern Lions were looking to produce a victory in their 3rd round encounter against UWA and were able to produce some good rugby, characterised by great support play, offloads, hard running, great defence, all areas which appeared sporadically in the previous two rounds, but not enough to dominate the opposition – but this week it was different.
Tom Job opened the scoring with a well worked try produced by good support play, and converted it to put the Lions 7-0 up in the 19th minute. UWA replied with a penalty in the 27th minute to make it 7-3. Shortly before half-time, some sloppy passing saw UWA snap up a loose ball and did all but score – due to a great cross-covering try saving tackle by right wing Greg Jackson. The half-time score thus remained at 7-3 to the Lions.
In the 38th minute, Tom Job landed a penalty to take the score to 10-3 in the Lions favour. With the Lions starting to dominate in a number of areas, Diesel McDuffus finished off a movement to score in the corner with Tom Job able to slot the conversion (17-3). In the 57th minute, the Lions pack managed to produce a tighthead from a scrum on the UWA line. Richie Hicks picked up from the back of the scrum, breaking to the left and crashed over to score (22-3). UWA put together some meaningful phases and made some inroads into the Lions 22m area, but resolute defence by the Lions ensured that their efforts came to nothing. The Lions regained the ascendency and produced a pressure try in the 70th minute, scored by Greg Jackson, who pounced on a loose ball in the UWA in-goal area after a knock-on (this was as a direct result of a great scrum by the Lions on a UWA put-in) (27-3). At this point, the Lions were still not done and in the 73rd minute, after another good build up, Irwin Swinny took the ball up from 10m out and crashed over. Tom Job converted to take the score to 34-3.
This was a great team effort by the Lions with some encouraging signs of possible things to come. The supporters who attended the match must be thanked for being there, as well as Wendy and Chris for their team management activities and Simon Cummings for his role on the medical side of things.