Match Report Lions V Tigers West Pathway




The Lions started the game very strongly and were much better than the Tigers in all departments throughout the game.  They controlled the ball well at scrum, lineout and in the loose, giving their backs quality ball to attack with.  Best in the front five for the Lions were prop Le Bond, hooker Stewart and lock Stark, with flanker Brown and No 8 Mckeown getting around the pitch well both in attack and defence. Sheilds at scrum half had a very tidy game with Looms at 10 varying the play well, especially with one well judged kick wide to the winger which showed good awareness and good skill to complete.  Centres Hutton and Murray both ran strongly, had their moments in attack and defence and were always close to the action.  Full back Mckay and winger Molloy were sound in defence and showed good pace when given the chance to run at the Tigers.

The Lions were not really tested at all by a pretty disorganised and at times disinterested Tigers team, who were not helped by early injuries to some of their stronger players and with no subs to call upon relied on the Lions to make up their numbers.  The Tigers have suffered badly this year from lack of numbers at the training sessions and this showed during the game with too many players not sure of what to do and where they should be.  A lack of fitness and the inability to use the national theme skills which are the backbone of the sessions was also evident.  The Tigers coaching team will have their work cut out to shape the Tigers into a more formidable team for the next two games.  On the plus side Cook, Ratcliff, Whyte, Aitken and Hodgins all had good moments and showed no lack of effort, with Carter and Buckle showing signs of promise. The Tigers however will need improved performances from all their players if they are to be competitive at this level.  Thanks to the Lions for making the trip, referee Willie Malone and Oban Lorne RFC for hosting the game.