Leicester pile more misery on limp Lions
Leicester L .......... 35pts Peterborough L 17pts
IT requires guts and determination to succeed in winter and Leicester Lions head coach Andy Key insists he has that in spades after his men snapped a two-game losing streak against basement club Peterborough Lions.
Ed Sumpter, Thomas Aviss, Devon Constant and Benjamin Spokes all crossed, while there was also a penalty try for Leicester in their handsome win.
Third from bottom heading into the contest, Key knew his men needed a win. Losing to a Peterborough side just ten points below them was not an option.
“I’m pleased with the effort that the boys put in,” Key said.
“Whenever any side is coming off the back of two losses it can be challenging to get the mindset right.
“I thought our defence was really good as well as the way we wanted to control the game.
“They had a powerful maul and we knew that if we could take that away from them then we’d be doing well.
“Credit must go to them however as they stuck in there and didn’t make it easy for us.”
Leicester were first on the board after a galloping run from lock Sumpter, which resulted in him crashing over.
Peterborough responded immediately. A series of mauls resulted in penalties for the away side which allowed them possession in Leicester 22. The ball was kept tight and Danny Hartwell squeezed over.
Scrum-half Aviss’ eagerness for a fast-paced game paid off when he took a penalty quickly and had enough gas to get over from midway inside the Peterborough half.
Leicester extended their lead after being awarded a penalty try for a last-ditch high tackle from Allen Carr on Alex Wilcockson. The left wing was sent to the bin.
Benjamin Young added a penalty after pressure on the Leicester line two minutes before Carr returned to the field.
However, the bonus point was secured for Leicester on the half-time whistle. Constant found an overlap on the left wing and beat three defenders to power over in the corner.
Leicester started the second half as they left off in the first. Spokes dotted down after a powerful surge from the Lions pack.
The away side had the majority of possession in the last ten minutes of the match and kept plugging away through their forwards. Ross Herbert and Dan Martin led from the from the front in defence before Ethan Godefroy was sent to the bin for repeated infringements.
Nick Defeo grabbed a consolation try with two minutes to go which was a reward for their effort.
Peterborough head coach, Viliami Ma’asi said: “It’s tough for the boys. We were hoping to perform and try to be consistent away from home but unfortunately we started slow again. We came back in the second half but they must take credit.”