Lions improving in loss to Forbes as the build to 2019 begins

ON THE RUN: City five-eighths Josh Nagle was one of the Lions' best in their loss to Forbes on Saturday before popping his shoulder. Photo: AMY McINTYRE.
ON THE RUN: City five-eighths Josh Nagle was one of the Lions' best in their loss to Forbes on Saturday before popping his shoulder. Photo: AMY McINTYRE.

Another big loss is the story of Orange City’s season – especially in the past few weeks – but half-back Tom Nell thinks the Lions’ season may have turned a corner in their 48-5 loss to Forbes Platypi on Saturday. 

While the scoreboard doesn’t reflect well on the Lions, Nell said the final result didn’t reflect how physical the game was and how much of an improvement City had. 

“We haven’t had the best season and we’ve been pumped in the last few weeks, but we played better this week,” he said. 

“We had plenty more of the ball and were rolling forward in pods … we’re trying to build a platform for next year and having some of the colts coming through.” 

Tom West played his first game on the wing for the Lions and impressed Nell, as did young outside centre Lachie Lingley, who picked up a red card in the final few minutes. 

Josh Nagle had “the game of his life” before popping his shoulder in a “try-saving” tackle and will miss the final three rounds of the season.