After a disappointing end to last season, having to concede the last few games and drop down a league, the Lynn Black Knights returned to action in division one of the East Rugby League by beating Cambridge Lions 54-18.
From the start the Knights were in charge with Ollie Lake scoring a solo try to start with, converted. More first half tries came from winger Peter Brown, two, and Lake going from acting half back to scoot over from five metres out.
The try of the half came from slick handling by Neil Langley and Paul “Bolo” Allen, who went over to score after backing up the break from Langley. Slack defense let in the Lions for a converted try to give the Knights a half-time lead of 28-6.
The Knights were caught napping in the second half. The Lions took advantage of complacency and ran in two quick converted tries, bringing the gap to just 10 points. But the Knights regrouped and dug in.
Against the run of play, Freddie Playford picked up a loose ball from the Lions and ran 75 yards to score under the posts, converted. Rory O’Sullivan added another barge-over converted try. The giant centre Ulatasi Tuitubou, Tui for short, stormed over for another try.
Debutant Jacob Clunan grabbed his first try for the club, after some great ball handling from one side of the pitch to the other sent him in out wide, to seal victory for the Knights.
Playford was the Knights’ man of the match, but it was a great team effort, with a lot of new players settling in.