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Close but not enough for Students to upset Lions

Orange City Lions have maintained their unbeaten status in the Central West Rugby Union competition but only after holding off a determined CSU outfit 25-19 on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Lions scored five tries to one at University Oval but did not land a single kick and could not shut the door on the students in the second half.

It means that CSU have now lost four games in a row and have slipped to fourth on the ladder, level with Orange Emus, and will need to win both of their games to guarantee a place in the five.

“It was a good game. I was proud of the boys. They are a team with a lot of ticker, a lot of pride and I’m very proud to say I coach them. Orange are a good team and they are undefeated for a reason,” CSU coach Luke Costello said.

“The penalty count was pretty high against us but I’m happy with the performance.”

There was plenty of feeling in the match after Costello came out earlier in the week and criticised Orange City for picking up suspended rugby league players Tatafu Na’aniumogu and Semisi Katoa and the healthy CSU crowd were also hostile to the visitors.

However Lions assistant coach Michael Gray said all the criticism had done was fire his side up.

“We’re disappointed with the comments made by CSU in the paper. Basically all our side is juniors, we have one guy who is new to the club this year and we seem to be copping this tag that we’ve bought the premiership and we think it’s total crap,” he said.

“We were supposed to have some mystery player but it’s crap and it denegrates the effort that these guys have put in.

“All it did was give us motivation. If CSU want to beat us, they just need for Luke to zip his mouth and to play 80 minutes of good football like they did today.”

The coaching staff from both teams had animated talks after the game but it went some way to resolving the differences between the sides.

Orange City Lions 25 (Nick Quinn 2, Junior Lafo’ou, Michael Sparks, Chris Barrett tries) defeated CSU 19 (Daniel Ross-Hopkins try; Jack Garrad conversion; Jack Garrad 4 penalties).

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