FIVE players were sent off in the second half of a fiesty pre-season game played in atrocious conditions.
Rovers pair Jacob Jowitt and Ethan Flowers and Lions forward Scott Glassell received their marching orders after a mass brawl. Amateurs Lions finished the game with 10 men after Josh Hardcastle and Scott Glassell’s brother Danny were dismissed for dissent in separate incidents.
After a scoreless first half, Championship side Rovers and National Conference League Division One outfit Lions shared the Bill Cook Memorial Trophy after both teams scored one converted try. Lions were the better team in the first period against a Rovers side that featured mainly reserves plus first-team squad forwards Luke Cooper and Jack Coventry.
Scott Glassell was halted just short and Danny Glassell was inches away from scoring from his own neat kick as Lions made most of the runinng.
The second half was reduced to 30 minutes because of the deteriorating conditions with heavy rain and a waterlogged surface making it increasingly difficult for both teams.
Lions finally broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute when Danny Glassell picked up a loose ball near the posts to dive over for a try that Richard Frankland converted.
Rovers levelled in the 59th minute when Matt Stableford plunged over for a touchdown that Liam Blockley improved. Lions went close to snatching victory when Frankland was narrowly wide with a 35-yard drop goal attempt in the closing stages.
Rovers: Sutcliffe; Strafford, Plimmer, Blockley, Newbould; Brown, Sowerby; Cooper, Stableford, Coventry, McDonald, Flowers, Hill. Subs: Jowitt, Hobson, Joynt, Conway, Field, Carroll, Holland.
Lions: Jackson; Redfearn, Williams, Hardcastle, Garahan; Frankland, Perkins; Curtis, Gamble, Nuttall, Glassell, Fox, Glassell. Subs: Townend, Millard, Gibbins, Banks, Gale, Yates, Wilson.
Referee: Jamie Bloem.