Community Lions downed in Bordeaux
France Juniors 34 v 8 England Community Lions
Stade Raymond Arbit, Bordeaux
Despite a brave effort the England Community Lions U18s slipped to defeat in Bordeaux last night.
The Lions can perhaps count themselves unlucky on an evening that saw them play large periods of the game with 12 men after two sin-binnings and also the lose of prop Sam Hull who suffered a broken leg.
Despite not picking up a win coach Kelvin Lockett was not too down-hearted.
“I thought the boys dug in, especially after we lost Blake Mahovic – who was probably our best player – to the sin-bin.”
“I’m very proud of the boys and we will now start again as we look ahead to facing Wales in a couple of weeks time.”
The visitors took an early lead when Thatto Heath Crusaders winger Corey Lee touched down after just three minutes and despite the French replying through Anthony Deleigne, an effort from fellow Crusader Nathan Skupski nudged the Lions ahead with just 15 minutes played.
In a close first period two tries in just four minutes from Yanich Remoic and Valantin Ferret meant the French were 14-8 ahead at the break, however the Lions were still very much in the game.
The new look Lions knew that the next score would probably prove to be crucial and unfortunately it was France who came up with it when winger Remoic went over for his second of the night.
Another quick-fire burst which saw impressive centre Petuch Reynier cross twice in three minutes which effectively ended the contest and Benjamin Garcia finished the scoring with a try in the final quarter.
Captain David Pike lamented the loss of two players to the sin-bin, but could also see some positives from the game.
“We started really well and had France on the back foot, but a run of penalties cost us both field position and points.”
“We were down to 12-men for a period in both halfs and that’s what really cost us.”
“All the boys are really gutted with the injury to Sam. He’s now going to have to stay out here for another couple of days to recover but I’m sure he’ll be fine and will be back on the field as soon as he can.”
1 Jacob Blades (Holderness Vikings)
2 George Leng (Leicester Storm)
3 Dave Pike (Thatto Heath Crusaders) ©
4 Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
5 Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
6 Adam Swift (Blackbrook)
7 Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)
8 Sam Hull (North Derbyshire Chargers)
9 Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
10 Jack Gay (Hull Dockers)
11 Luke Willings (Widnes West Bank Bears)
12 Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
13 Jack Bussey (Leeds Stanningley)
14 Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)
15 Marcus O’Brian (Millom)
16 Barry Clarke (Chorley)
17 Jack Francis (Saddleworth Rangers)
1 Valantin Ferret
2 Yanich Remoic
3 Mesume Peault
4 Petuch Reynier
5 Sofiene Ghanem
6 Jeuis Bissiere
7 Yohan Didonne
8 Thuibout Margalet ©
9 Alesies Alberola
10 Mesiemie Dacosta
11 Benjamin Garcia
12 Anthony Deleigne
13 Hehuin Mcloudi
14 Moirliel Rouch
15 Moirliel Romano
16 Paul Ratier
17 Nilleim Ousty
T Lee (3), Skupski (15)
T Deleigne (12), Remoic (25, 45), Ferret (29), Reynier (50, 52), Garcia (58)
G Didonen (3)
Half Time: 14-8
England 8 France 13
England: Blake Mahovic (27) holding down, Jack Bussey (48) late challenge on kicker
Referee: Pascal Mombet