Fisiihoi double guides Lincoln to victory
Two tries from Laguna Fisiihoi saw champions Lincoln continue their unbeaten 2017 with a 57-8 victory at relegated Ashfield.
James Kirk, Leigh Dearden, Jack Kinsey, Will Scammell, Matt Keeton, Conor Morgan and Jack McGill also got their names on the scoresheet, with McGill adding six conversions.
Lincoln were keen to erase the memory of last season’s 12-3 defeat at Ashfield and it was the hosts who made the brighter start and opened the scoring as Gaz Purnell slotted over an early penalty.
Lincoln tried to respond soon after as Kirk powered through with good support from Morgan but the winger was held up.
Morgan and Charlie Clark were both stopped just short of the line before Lincoln scored their first try of the afternoon on the half hour mark. Kirk caught the ball just inside his own half before cutting across and steaming through the defence on a great run to score the try which McGill converted.
Ashfield battled well in the first half but Lincoln extended their lead to 14-3 at the break following a well-worked try by Fisiihoi. Anthony Jones made good yards before off-loading to Glen White. The flanker then sprinted upfield before setting up Fisiihoi with a perfectly-timed off-load and the Tongan forward ran in for a try. McGill once again added the extras.
The visitors were on the scoresheet again within a minute of the restart as Morgan was stopped just short before popping the ball out for Dearden to power over for a try. McGill added the extras.
Ashfield tried to find a way back into the game and following a scrum they shipped the ball out wide only for an excellent tackle by Josh Pratt to force the opposition into touch.
Fisiihoi ran a great line to run in for his second try of the afternoon following good work from Clark. McGill added the conversion.
Morgan and Scammell combined to set up Kinsey soon after and the centre cut inside and stepped his man to go over for a try under the posts. McGill converted.
Ashfield had a spell of pressure that was rewarded with a try from Chris Houseman but Lincoln soon regained control.
The ball bounced favourably into the hands of Scammell for Lincoln’s leading scorer to run in for a try, which McGill converted.
A poor pass by Ashfield was then intercepted by McGill inside his own half and he ran in for a great try after powering through one player and handing off another on his way to the line.
Lincoln added two a further two tries in the final 10 minutes. Scammell made decent yards before passing to Kirk and the winger unselfishly off-loaded to Keeton near the line to set up the prop for a try.
Dynamic centre duo Kinsey and Morgan exchanged passes before the latter ran in for a try to complete the scoring.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
Try scorer Morgan admitted Lincoln started slowly but he believes they were more than worthy of the win.
“We started slow and couldn’t get into the gears,” said Morgan. “We weren’t playing our game and we tried silly off-loads but in the second half we started much better.
“We picked up the tempo and went through the phases. As their fitness dropped we got a few tries and smashed it.”