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RICHMOND, UK – March 20, 2010 – Launceston RUFC 13 – 12 London Scottish FC

RICHMOND, UK – March 20, 2010 – Launceston RUFC 13 – 12 London Scottish FC

London Scottish FC scored two tries in an away game against third place National League 1 side Launceston who only managed to score the one, with the Exiles coming away losing the match by just a single point. Nearly a third of the London Scottish regular players were away on call up duty to the England Counties squad, losing against France amateurs where Scottish still remain in second place in the league despite the loss at Poison Bridge.

London Scottish FC scored two tries in an away game against third place National League 1 side Launceston who only managed to score the one, with the Exiles coming away losing the match by just a single point. Nearly a third of the London Scottish regular players were away on call up duty to the England Counties squad, losing against France amateurs where Scottish still remain in second place in the league despite the loss at Poison Bridge.

Although the Exiles had won away at Cinderford the previous month despite missing regular kickers Frankie Neale and James Brown, there absence was sorely felt on an afternoon when Simon Amor, playing at fly half, missed a few kicks in very difficult conditions.

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The first of those came within the opening minute, on a pitch soaked by a pre-match deluge resulting in a very forward-dominated game. Amor unluckily slipped as he shaped up to kick, in what should have been a straightforward penalty in front of the posts.

On 6 minutes, the hosts took the lead through a penalty of their own, put through the uprights by their fly half.

With Launceston hooker Jamie Salter sin-binned, the visiting forwards began to impose themselves on the match. Scottish’s hard work resulted in two tries, which put the side ahead at 12-3 going into the interval.

The opening try came on the 23rd minute mark from number eight Willie Lipp, a deserved winner of the supporter’s man of the match award. The Scottish pack member went over after a series of drives from the forwards, where Amor’s kick went wide of the posts from a difficult angle.

As the half-time whistle approached, the referee awarded a penalty try as Launceston illegally tried to kick the ball out of a ruck as the visiting pack threatened to push over in the corner. This time, Amor’s kick went between the posts adding three more points to the London Scottish afternoon tally.

Following the restart, it was Launcestons’ forwards, now playing with the slope in their favour that began to gain the ascendancy as hosts. Ten minutes into the second half the Cornish All Blacks had reduced the deficit to just two points following a pushover try, with their fly-half adding the conversion.

Following the sin-binning of Scottish hooker Tom Standfield, Launceston claimed the decisive score on 67 minutes, when a penalty to the hosts giving them an extra three points.

Although Amor had a chance to put Scottish back into the lead five minutes later, his penalty attempt failed to hit the target. As the clock ticked down the visiting pack pressed forward with renewed impetus in an attempt to rescue the game, but their efforts proved fruitless in the end.

The story of the afternoon was summed up when presented with a penalty that potentially was within kicking range, the visitors instead elected to take the scrum which was greeted with relief by Launceston’s players and supporters when the final whistle blew with a 13-12 win to the home side.

Launceston: 13 (Try: Rawlings; Conversion: Yapp; Penalties: Yapp (2))

London Scottish: 12: (Tries: Lipp, penalty try; Conversion: Amor)

Launceston: Fabian, Lewitt, Westren, Murphy, Turner, Yapp, Webb, Bolt, Salter, Bayliss, Hilton, Jenkins, Lord, T Rawlings, Hocking (Replacements: pow, Semmens, Hannay, M Rawlings, Preece)

London Scottish: Peel, Piotrowski, McInroy, Trueman, Howells, Amor, Grant, Johnson, Standfield, Graham, Karonias, Smith, Yellowlees, Lonergan, Lipp (Replacements: Kent, Palmer, Heeks, Broughton, Silvester)

Match report by Simon MacMichael, with thanks to Ian Aitken

Press Release by Rob Kerr

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