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RICHMOND, UK – March 6, 2010 – London Scottish FC 16 – 8 Redruth RFC

RICHMOND, UK – March 6, 2010 – London Scottish FC 16 – 8 Redruth RFC

London Scottish FC triumphed over the Cornish visiting side Redruth, to a resounding score of 16-8 to the home side on a cold afternoon at the Richmond Athletic Association ground.

London Scottish FC triumphed over the Cornish visiting side Redruth, to a resounding score of 16-8 to the home side on a cold afternoon at the Richmond Athletic Association ground.

“London Scottish FC triumphed over the Cornish visiting side Redruth, to a resounding score of 16-8 to the home side on a cold afternoon at the Richmond Athletic Association ground. Tries in each half helped to edge out Redruth, which resulted in Scottish’s 20th win of the season which is also the same tally as National 1 leader’s Esher placing only two points between the two sides this week.

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Tries from Charlie Broughton and David Howells either side of half-time helped London Scottish beat Redruth 16-8 following a hard-fought, physical encounter.

When the teams last met in Cornwall back in November, Scottish pulled back a 10-point deficit in atrocious weather conditions to come away with an 11-10 win. Today’s meeting didn’t quite match that encounter in terms of tension, but the scoreline still remained close enough to keep the crowd absorbed.

On a sunny but bitter afternoon, Redruth kicked off and had an early opportunity to take the lead but their fly half saw his long-range penalty attempt drift wide.

After five minutes Scottish took the lead as full back Frankie Neale, returning to the side following his three tries for England Counties against Ireland last weekend, slotted a penalty from 22 metres.

Although the visitors dominated early territory and possession, it was not until Scottish hooker Arthur Ellis was sin-binned on the quarter hour that they got their first points on the board with the visiting fly half scoring a penalty with his third attempt of the afternoon.

Despite being a man down, Scottish took the game to Redruth and was rewarded on 23 minutes when Neale put a huge penalty kick over from beyond the 40 metre line.

Once parity in numbers had been restored, Redruth threatened to score a pushover try down the right, but the Scottish defence held firm and cleared their lines. The home side almost scored themselves moments later when Neale spilled a pass, where a clean take would have left him with a clear run at the line.
The opening try came on 39 minutes from London Scottish after lose head prop Matt Johnson charged down a Redruth kick, forcing the Cornish side to touch down for a five-yard scrum, from which the Scottish forwards appeared to have driven over.

Referee Rowan Kitt adjudged, however, the ball was still alive and eventually found its way back to Simon Amor who launched a huge pass to the right for winger Charlie Broughton to score.

With Neale narrowly missing his conversion attempt and the Redruth full back subsequently failing to find the target with a penalty kick, Scottish went into the interval 11-3 ahead.

The hosts started the second half brightly, with skipper Gary Trueman, winner of the FirstCape man of the match award almost found a way through with a surging run. No 8 Willie Lipp stopped just short of the try line after being put through by a neat reverse pass from Amor, but the visitors’ defence held firm.

On 52 minutes, Redruth second row was sin-binned after tempers became frayed following a ruck. The Scottish forwards using their extra man advantage to set up a series of attacks, where resolute defending from Redruth meant there was no way through.

If the visitors thought that the danger had passed once the second row had been allowed to re-enter the fray, they were proved wrong as Scottish came at them with renewed vigour. This in turn stretched the Cornish defence to breaking point, allowing replacement David Howells to go over in the left-hand corner for a 16-3 lead.

As if stung into action, Redruth hit back immediately. Their previously sin-binned second row claiming the try by carrying over in the corner after a huge drive from the visiting forwards down the right, although kicking into a swirling wind was unable to add the conversion.

Although the game opened up in the closing ten minutes, that proved to be the last score of the afternoon with the end result being London Scottish FC 16 – 8 Redruth RFC.

London Scottish: 18 (Tries: Broughton, Howells; Penalties: Neale (2))
Redruth: 8 (Try: Carroll; Penalty: Penberthy)
London Scottish: Neale, Broughton, Damant, Trueman (C), Piotrowski, Amor, Grant, M Johnson, Ellis, Fahey, Karonias, Fullarton, Yellowlees, Lonergan, Lipp (Replacements: Standfield, Graham, O Brown, J Brown, Howells).

Redruth: Winnan, Vinnicombe, Bonds, Thirlby, Pedley, Penberthy, Simmons, Jaques, Gidlow, Joyce, Cook, Carroll, Hambly, Fuca, Duncan. (Replacements: Goodfellow, Cowan-Dickie, Brown, Penney, Semmens).

Match report by Simon MacMichael

Press release by Rob Kerr”

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