Shield

Lightning stops play! 29.01.14

The spectators at the rugby at Quorn on Saturday 25th January witnessed one of the more bizarre events seen at the playing fields:  matches abandoned due to lightning and hail!

The first halves of the 1st and 2nd matches against Nottingham went according to plan with both sides establishing solid leads.  The 1stXV pack proved too strong for the visitors and on several occasions rolling mauls saw LGS making considerable ground, with one such move culminating in a superb, forwards’ try.  The backs had plenty of ball and made excellent progress with flowing moves setting up two further tries.  The 2ndXV played superbly and racked up several tries before half time.

But the spectators didn’t have to be too observant to notice that the sky behind the pavilion was gradually changing from blue to light grey to dark grey and finally, pitch black.  A couple of minutes after the interval the first bolt of lightning was seen in the distance and it wasn’t long before the referees of both games had no option but to take the players from the field.  At this point a monumental hail storm brought play to an end with the 1stXV leading by 19 points to 7 and the 2ndXV by 31 points to 0.

Heron