English Lions  Wednesday 5th December 2012  Milford Sport Club, LS5 3AS  Att:






Christian Hazard (2)

Anthony Coleman

Tom Hughes (2)

Lorenzo Vogel (2)

Tyson Cleal

Andrew Heffernan


Christian Hazard 3

Full Report

Match Official:

The Australian Institute of Sport completed their European tour with a comprehensive 42-0 win over the English Lions U18s.

With scrum-half Christian Hazard in outstanding form and centres Anthony Coleman and Tom Hughes running strongly out wide the Lions found the going tough in a game that was switched to the Leeds Rugby Academy from Heworth 24 hours earlier to beat the freezing conditions.

The Lions gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges but a break from hooker Peter Nay ended with Hazard diving over under the posts to for a try he converted himself to get the tourists up and running.

Despite captain Karl Dixon marshalling his side well the AIS increased their lead when winger Lorenzo Vogel scored in the corner from a short side play and just two minutes later Coleman grabbed a deserved try to make it 14-0.

Numerous handling errors stooped the home side making much progress and they were again punished when full-back Andrew Heffernan raced clear and Hazard booted his second goal to ease the AIS into a 20-0 half-time lead.

After re-grouping at the break the Lions returned with renewed vigour and just like the first period matched their opponents for the opening ten minutes.

However, after soaking up some pressure the Australians increased their lead when Vogel finished off a great handling move for try number five.

Hazard added his third goal after Tyson Cleal had showed great strength to touchdown just six minutes later, before the Lions went close only to be recalled twice for forward passes.

With the contest entering the final stages the AIS made their superior fitness count as they added three more tries through a brace from Hughes and a second score from the excellent Hazard.

The win completes a hat-trick of wins for the AIS in the UK after earlier wins over Wales U18s and the England Students.

1 Lewis Sheridan (Wigan St Cuthberts)
2 Ben Garner (Barrow Island)
3 Tommy Battye (Normanton Knights)
4 Perry Singleton (Barrow Island)
5 Scott Pink (Wath Brow Hornets)
6 Karl Dixon (Wath Brow Hornets) CAPT
7 Leon Tatlock (Thatto Heath Crusaders)
8 Jack Breheny (Wigan St Judes)
9 Nathan Lucock (Glasson Rangers)
10 Jordon Lyons (Dewsbury Celtic)
11 Ethan Kelly (Millom)
12 Ian Curnow (Wath Brow Hornets)
13 Adam Jefferson (Bradford Dudley Hill)
14 Nathan Lawrence (Dewsbury Celtic)
15 Jack Connor (Saddleworth Rangers)
16 Josh Abu-Dwanaa (Leigh East)
17 Ben Breheny (Wigan St Judes)
18 Charlie Tomlinson (Wath Brow Hornets)

1 Andrew Heffernan
2 Luke Conaghty
3 Anthony Colman
4 Tom Hughes
5 Lorenzo Vogel
6 Nick O’Hara
7 Christian Hazard
8 Joe Gardiner
9 Peter Nay
10 Perry Ioane
11 Joe Stimson
12 Tyson Cleal
13 Casey Burgess CAPT
14 Rhys Norman
15 Jack Kavanagh
16 Michael Barclay
17 Lachlan Crawter

T Hazard (2), Coleman, Heffernan, Vogel (2), Cleal, Hughes (2)
G Hazard (3)

H/T: 0-20

Men of the match:
Lions – Ian Curnow
AIS - Christian Hazard

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