Star winger's winning solution: if it ain't fixed, don't break it again

17:00, Jul 20 2014
avon lewis
Avon Lewis: Went to great lengths to play in the final and turned in a top drawer effort.

Although it is going to be frowned upon by the politically correct brigade, Inglewood wing Avon Lewis was not going to let a broken hand stop him from playing in the premier club rugby final.

He just had one problem - the cast covering his hand and wrist.

Not such a problem after the cast has been soaked and cut off with a sharp pair of scissors.

Boy, were Inglewood pleased he did what he did as he turned in a brilliant display of attacking rugby to set up two tries as his side ran away with a 35-14 win in front of 4500 people.

Coastal could simply not contain the former Taranaki rep who spends his working days inside a Norfolk School classroom.

"There were no doctor's orders," Lewis said after he was quizzed on what sort of reaction he would get. The speedster thought Saturday's effort was probably his best in an Inglewood jersey, given the occasion.

Lewis had been restricted to what he could do at training for the last month but it did not show at Yarrow Stadium where he tormented the opposition with his pace, power and work rate.

"I've just been doing fitness stuff for the last few weeks because I haven't been able to catch or pass or do any contact."

There were plenty of Inglewood supporters on hand to cheer on their side as they won their first top grade title since 2006.


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