Lions run riot for sec­ond tri­umph in a row

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - ■ By ANDY MOORE

LE­ICES­TER Lions hit six tries in a thump­ing home win over Ot­ley to make it two wins on the bounce af­ter a poor start to the sea­son.

A bright start from the Lions was re­warded in the 12th minute when Ian Smith went over for a try af­ter a beau­ti­fully timed pass from Jon Bo­den, with James Mor­gan adding the con­ver­sion.

The home team dou­bled the score just five min­utes later as Drew Rud­kin was the re­cip­i­ent of an­other pin­point pass to go over, with Bo­den adding the con­ver­sion for a 14-0 lead.

Ot­ley hit back through Fred­er­ick Wat­son who was on the end of a pow­er­ful scrum deep in the Lions 22, with Rown­tree adding the con­ver­sion.

Just be­fore half-time, Lions ex­tended their lead as Mor­gan side-stepped a tackle to add a third try with Bo­den again adding the con­ver­sion for a 21-7 lead at the break.

Two early Rown­tree penal­ties for Ot­ley cut the Lions’ lead but that was as good as it got for the visi­tors as two tries from Henry Clement saw the home team earn the bonus point, with the re­place­ment’s speed caus­ing prob­lems late in the sec­ond half.

A fi­nal try from the Lions fin­ished the per­for­mance off in style with Mor­gan adding his sec­ond of the game late on to se­cure a bonus point 38-13 vic­tory as the hosts moved into the top half of the ta­ble.

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