Luctonians Rugby Club's Alex Davidson praises Norris and Langdon after 31-8 home win over Leicester Lions (From Hereford Times)
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Luctonians Rugby Club's Alex Davidson praises Jimmy Norris and Geraint Langdon after 31-8 home win over Leicester Lions
Luctonians 31 pts Leicester Lions 8
DIRECTOR of rugby Alex Davidson praised Welsh duo Jimmy Norris and Geraint Langdon for helping tame Lions.
Norris bagged a brace of tries and Langdon finally got off the mark with a try which spanned the length of the pitch.
“Jimmy Norris has been up and down with his form this season, so it was nice to see him get over a couple of times,” said Davidson.
“But the biggest cheer was for Geraint who broke his duck and scored a superb try for us after we had turned over the ball near our own try-line.”
Davidson now hopes an overnight stay in Harrogate will prepare his side for Saturday’s National League Two North trip to Darlington Mowden Park.
“We don’t know very much about them but they started quite well and have got some strong runners in the back-row,”
“We are travelling up on Friday afternoon and then staying overnight in Harrogate, which is about an hour away.
Prop Richard Jones returns from his spell in New Zealand but, sadly, the Garner brothers felt the travelling was too much from the Midlands and have left.”
He added: “We are looking for a second row because Chris Jaques is struggling to play away matches due to his work commitments.
“Second-row Chris Harris suffered concussion in the game against Stourbridge and is also struggling.”
Luctonians did not have things their own way in last Saturday’s league win over Leicester Lions - they defended stoutly at times.
Deft kicking by flyhalf Sam Dimmick kept the visitors interested but their goal kicker John Boden had a wretched afternoon.
The Lions got off to a dream start with an early Gareth Collins try after he chased his own kick ahead to touchdown for an unconverted try.
Winger Drew Cheshire was halted just short with a last-ditch tackle before Paul Hulland forced his way over after a quick tap-penalty and Dan Smith converted.
Boden, who had missed several earlier attempts, eventually slotted penalty and Luctonians second-row Jaques was then yellow carded for collapsing a maul.
Despite being a man down, Luctonians regained the lead after the break when a run by Hulland, set up full-back Norris for his opening try. Smith converted.
Visiting flanker Tom Morris was sin-binned and Luctonians took advantage, winger Cheshire squeezing over in the corner for an unconverted try. Norris then claimed his second try after neat handling and Smith’s conversion swept Luctonians into a 26-8 lead. Luctonians defended resolutely on their own line before Langdon had the final word.
Davidson is hopeful that John Morris and Will Burton will soon be returning to action.