Lions lose out in Aussie thriller

NCL Awards Dinner. Premier Division Player of the Year. Joint. Jamie Fields & Jamie Bradley (Hunslet Club Parkside) � MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY-
NCL Awards Dinner. Premier Division Player of the Year. Joint. Jamie Fields & Jamie Bradley (Hunslet Club Parkside) � MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY-
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The British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) Lions were pipped 28-20 by Australian Affiliated States in the second game of their Fiji tour.

The Lions led 20-18 late on before being edged out in a thrilling clash.

Captain Jamie Fields, of Hunslet Club Parkside, opened the scoring with a close-range try and also kicked four goals from as many attempts.

There was a big effort from Lock Lane’s Craig Savage who touched down in the second half and Jack Jones, of Thatto Heath, was the Lions’ other try scorer.

Featherstone Lions’ Ian Jackson started at full-back, with Parkside’s Andy Hullock - the vice-captain - at scrum-half and Luke Tagg (Lock Lane), Dean Gamble (Featherstone Lions) and Ryan Chalkley (Shaw Cross Sharks) among the substitutes.

Try scorers for the Aussies were David Tabuai, Losi Kereti (2), Kody Simecki, Delane Edwards and Logan Barclay. James Aspden added two conversions.

BARLA must now defeat Fiji Bati Residents on Friday to stand a chance of winning the International Tri-Series.