Baysie puts the bite on Lions
VISITORS RISE TO 36-19 VICTORY
THE Southern Lions hosted Perth-Bayswater at the Lions’ Den in Cockburn at the weekend in blustery conditions that did not favour either team.
It was a crunch game for both teams, with Baysie running out winners 36-19.
A new-look Lions outfit took to the field with three of their regular backline missing and two of their three Force players unavailable due to professional commitments.
Coach Brett Fell said good teams didn’t make excuses and while the team had a plan and trained the plan, they failed to execute it.
“Our discipline cost us today and you can’t do that at this level,” he said.
Execution eluded the Lions, with poor discipline costing SUPPORTED BY LUX MOTORS them penalties and momentum across the park.
Many good passages of play were undone by poor decisionmaking.
Baysie, on the other hand, seized every opportunity that came their way and scored three times, twice from deep in their own half from turnover balls.
There were some positives for the Lions, with their setpiece looking strong at both lineout and scrum and the handling in the conditions was generally good.
Hooker Josh Haynes was industrious, as were all the forwards, until he was concussed in the second half.
Flanker Tomasi Bulunakoro was a stand-out performer while Force player Masivesi Dakuwaqa made the most of what little ball came his way, worrying the opposition whenever he got the ball in hand.
The loss sees the Lions sit even on four wins and four losses so far this season.
The only senior grade win of the weekend came from the combined side the Southern Lionesses/Wanneroo Divaz, who defeated the Cottesloe Shegulls 25 - 17.
The Southern Lions Under 8s were also invited to play in a pre-match game before the Western Force game on Saturday night.
The Perth Lions are off to a great start in the WA Netball League, beating the Wheatbelt Flames 71-44.
Southern Lions’ Joel Lamatoa eludes the defence, ably assisted by captain Brad Fell.