HAYDOCK'S Jordan Gibson touched down twice amid disgraceful scenes as BARLA Lions lost 32-16 against Fiji Bati Residents.

BARLA players complained of being subjected to 'biting and spitting' in their final tour game in Fiji, while Millom player Lee Postlethwaite will be heading home with a broken shoulder as a consequence of a dangerous driving tackle that led to Wame Turagsnivalu being sent off.

Lions head coach Gary Hewer hailed his men's exemplary display of control in light of the Bati's attempts of provocation to knock them off their game.

"It's easily my proudest moment on tour," he said.

"The team were subjected to some things that shouldn't happen to rugby league players, and kept their heads."

Hewer took the unusual step of seeking an audience with the match referee at half-time as the game took a nasty turn with the allegations of biting and spitting on members of his side.

"My team gave everything they had and I backed them a hundred percent," Hewer said.

The conduct of Fiji Bati Residents, who have some skilful players, was not becoming of an international fixture.

Following a couple of send-offs in their game against the Australian Affiliated States in this international tri-series, they must seriously consider how they play the game moving forward especially as they have desires to enter a team in Australia's NSW Cup.

Gibson, playing left centre, scored a try in each half.

His first, after 16 minutes, was in response to Fiji taking a second-minute lead.

Craig Savage (Lock Lane) kicked ahead, Maciu Kalou fumbled and Sam Jones (Barrow Island) instinctively passed inside for Gibson to score in the corner.

Skipper Jamie Fields (Hunslet Club Parkside) was not able to convert.

Lions, who also featured Thatto Heath's Jack Jones at scrum half and Andy Lea on the bench, then succumbed to the weight of possession in Fiji's favour as they fell 22-4 adrift by half time.

Gibsons' second try four minutes into the second half gave the tourists a lifeline.

After Roseru Nawasetawa was sin-binned for holding down Andy Hullock (Hunslet Club Parkside), long passing brought Gibson into play again and he skipped through the defence. Fields' goal made it 22-10.

The fightback was shortlived though, with Fiji registering the next two tries.

BARLA completed the scoring 10 minutes from time, Marcus O'Brien (Egremont) finishing a sparkling break from Declan Sheridan (Rochdale Mayfield).

A further step up in Lions intensity saw Fiji respond with indiscipline.

Timoci Namotakula was sin-binned before Turagsnvalu was sent off for the challenge on Postlethwaite in the final play of the game.

BARLA Lions: Ian Jackson (Featherstone Lions); Ryan Chalkley (Shaw Cross Sharks), Reece Rushworth (York Acorn), Jordan Gibson (Haydock), Sam Jones (Barrow Island); Mark Tyson (Askam), Jack Jones (Thatto Heath); Jamie Fields (Hunslet Club Parkside), Craig Savage (Castleford Lock Lane), Johnny Goulding (Cockermouth Titans), Luke Tagg (Castleford Lock Lane), Tom Hopkins (Askam), Marcus O'Brien (Egremont). Subs: Jack Clark (Cockermouth Titans), Dean Gamble (Featherstone Lions), Aidy Gleeson (Rochdale Mayfield), Matt Hensen (Egremont Rangers), Jack Howdle (Beverley), Andy Hullock (Hunslet Club Parkside), Andy Lea (Thatto Heath), Lee Postlethwaite (Millom), Declan Sheridan (Rochdale Mayfield).

Fiji Bati Residents: Vereti Bukavesi; Maciu Kalou, Wame Turagsnivalu, Ilai Nareki; Isimeli Vatanitawake, Roger Qoro, Timoci Namotokula; Apakuki Tavodi, Penioni Tagituimua, Philip Shaw, Ilisavani Jegesa, Rusiate Ratu, Richard Fiu. Subs: Roseru Nawasetawa, Josua Rokonavutoro, Maika Serulevu, Semi Kabakaba, Ilaitia Volavola, Apolosi Tuiloma.