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As always London Scottish had a very busy weekend with plenty to be proud of despite a disappointing 1st XV result against Ealing Trailfinders in The Championship Cup.

As always London Scottish had a very busy weekend with plenty to be proud of despite a disappointing 1st XV result against Ealing Trailfinders in The Championship Cup.

London Scottish Lions (Match report written by James Warnette)

The Lions continued their superiority in the league as they comfortable strolled to a 105-5 win over Pinner.

Scottish showed a ruthless edge throughout the game to secure their first league win of over 100 points since being formed this summer.  In a game with a lot of points scored, the difference was mainly around the Lions’ ability to have multiple runners ready to carry the ball.

From the first whistle the Lions were happy to move through a number of phases to build pressure on Pinner. Often the constant work required to hold the attack took too much of a toll on a decent Pinner side. The Lions were happy to either send the ball wide or find holes to explore through the middle, and the energy level of the home side was notable.

Notable improvements from Scottish in the game came from a more dominant scrum and better retention of the ball for longer periods. Clearer and simpler decision making was apparent, with lots learnt in recent weeks against Merlins and Cuffley. Forwards were willing runners which allowed the back line time and space to move the ball around.

Pinner had their moments and gave it their all to keep going again and again. However, it was the sheer weight of numbers and waves of attack made by the Lions that ensured the task of defending the Scots was somewhat of a thankless endeavour.  The visitors deserved a try after spending time in the Lions’ 22, and they got it when the Lions failed to clear properly, a momentary lapse in concentration in an otherwise superb performance.

MPU

It was a sizeable win, but for the Lions, it was more important to get a good return to league fixtures, after a week away from the competition.

Scottish will aim to continue this run with their last league game before the Christmas break, away to London French this weekend (Sat 8th Dec). The Lions 2nd XV is in action at home versus Old Priorians, and support is welcomed from Scottish rugby fans across London.

Girls

Fiona Kennedy was named in the Oxford University Women’s side for today’s Varsity at Twickenham. She was sadly on the losing side as Cambridge ran out 8-5 winners.

Juniors

U13 Hammersmith & Fulham 6-6 London Scottish (written by Alistair Lindsey)


U13s drew 6 tries all in an end to end game against Hammersmith and Fulham. Having just managed to scrape together 13 fit players the boys started strongly dominating the possession but struggling to break through the Hammers defence. Midway through the first half the boys finally found a gap through following some strong running by James J. This was closely followed by the second from Max T as they turned the screw. Both sides traded tries with Scottish still well on top. Unfortunately, the lack of subs and playing on a full size pitch took its toll and the boys who conceded two tries late in the half to go in 3-3.

Despite some amazing tackling including by Man of Match Mark D’S the Hammers took their chances and ran through two more to lead 5-3.

Scottish pulled one back through Aleks before conceding again. Trailing by two tries with five minutes to play it would have been easy to give up but the lads rallied themselves to score a try. Some powerful running through the centres and good rucking allowed the Scottish to drive through and get an equalling try with the last play of the game.

A great result given the lack substitutes with a number of boys playing on despite tiredness and injuries.

U12 London Scottish – Richmond (written by Colin Adams)

London Scottish U12s took on neighbours Richmond at the RAG last Sunday in two matches, narrowly losing the first while comfortably winning the second.  Despite the warm relations between the two clubs (and the fact that some boys play for the same school teams), both sides played with intensity and commitment.

The first game was against the stronger of the Richmond sides, and was evenly matched. Scottish scored some excellent individual and team tries, tackled hard, but at times lost out to Richmond’s rucking game. Although Richmond eventually won, it was a fiercely contested game played in an excellent spirit.

The second match presented greater opportunities for Scottish’s faster players to run in space, and the spectators were treated to several runaway tries as Richmond’s defence was stretched. The Scots did not seem to feel any tiredness from the tough opening match, passed the ball well and were in the lead throughout the match.

Overall, the boys impressed with their attitude and execution, and are growing as a team. We were also delighted to have on trial Maurits (pictured on the ball above), our first international transfer from Dutch club, The Hague, who capped off his LSFC debut with a try. We hope to complete the transfer as soon as possible!

Minis

This past weekend the Under 11s were away with the BBC at a secret location filming a very special video. More details to follow….

Sarah Mackernan provided a breif summary of the first part of the Minis season.

The first few months of the season has seen the Minis pack in festivals, joint-training, coach education and some really great rugby.  Now we’re in December, all of the Minis are looking forward to some festive fun. Our annual ‘Dads versus Lads’ rugby games, followed by the Christmas party is coming up on 16th December.  January will see us visiting Grasshoppers and Chiswick, as well as participating in the Celtic Triangular with our friends at London Welsh and London Irish.

Pro 

Freddie Clarke, regularly in the Gloucester 23 recently, scored for them against Worcester Warriors.

Half of the Edinburgh starting pack against Munster were recent London Scots from this past weekend – David Cherry, Callum Hunter-Hill, Ally Miller and Lewis Wynne.

Robbie Fergusson was the co-captain of the Scottish Sevens side in the first leg of the World 7s series in Dubai.

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