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London Scottish Colts looking good as they head into the Christmas break

London Scottish Colts looking good as they head into the Christmas break

Match Report written by Ian Hannah

Match Report written by Ian Hannah

London Scottish Colts have been putting in some impressive games over recent weeks and rounded off this half of the season with a pleasing win against Finchley on Sunday. It was their first run out wearing the new Macron kit and the guys ran out deserved 33-17 winners.


In difficult conditions: cold, windy and a heavy pitch, Scottish endured everything that Finchley could throw at them in the first half, including a long period of pressure with Finchley battering away at our line but unable to break through. A great defensive effort completed, the guys started working their way up field into the wind. Phase after phase went by as Scottish edged their way into the Finchley half. Eventually, the ball came to Diallo on the wing on the 22m. Initially, it looked like he didn’t have enough room to work, but with some neat footwork, he broke through the defence and ran under the posts for the first try of the game. Max converted and Scottish had a 7-0 lead. Half time came shortly after and the Scots turned around with the wind at their backs for the second half.

Finchley misjudged the strength of the wind at the restart and the ball failed to go 10m. With Finchley unable to play the ball, Joseph took the opportunity breaking through the initial defence and finding a lot of space in behind. Cantering on, he made it to the line before the Finchley defence could stop him. That took the score to 12-0 before Max converted the difficult touchline kick to take it to 14-0. A few minutes later Scottish kicked a penalty into the corner. From the ensuing lineout a well-worked driving maul saw the forwards get on the scoreboard, 19-0. Just rewards for the forwards who were competing against a bigger pack (seems like they do every week) and coming out on top.

Finchley bounced back and started playing in our 22m for a period of the game. The defence held for a while but eventually, Finchley came off the back of a scrum in front of the posts and clattered over to take the score to 19-5.

Scottish then put some nice phases together and from a move heading left Jackson picked a nice line, receiving the inside ball off Finn to slice through for a score. Max added the extras and Scottish looked home and dry at 26-5. Finchley hadn’t given up though and started to use their big guys to batter away in the forwards. Eventually they got their reward with a converted try, following it up with a try in the corner to take the score to 26-17. Happily, Scottish hadn’t switched off and rounded out the game with a pick and go from the base of a ruck for a try which Max duly converted to take the final score to 33-17.

The match rounded off a recent good run where the boys have translated their form from Wednesday night training into good results on the field. With five of the team playing county rugby last weekend the squad is coming together well under the coaching trio of Michael, Neil and Phil.

Enjoy the break guys, we’re looking forward to watching you play again in the New Year.

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