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London Scottish weekly roundup – 6th March

London Scottish weekly roundup – 6th March

General view ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship match between London Scottish Football Club and Nottingham Rugby at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, United Kingdom on 26 January 2019. Photo by David Horn.

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The 1st XV fell this weekend to a very strong London Irish team but all focus is now firmly fixed on Coventry who come to the Richmond Athletic Ground on Friday night in a key Greene King IPA Championship clash.

The 1st XV fell this weekend to a very strong London Irish team but all focus is now firmly fixed on Coventry who come to the Richmond Athletic Ground on Friday night in a key Greene King IPA Championship clash.

Girls Under 18

Unfortunately, our Girls could not win their Cup Final on Sunday afternoon as they fell 17-15 to Reading at Aylesbury RFC.

Nonetheless, they have done the Club immensely proud in reaching the Final and going much further in the competition than they ever have before the previous four seasons.

Read the full match report on the link below.

You can follow our Girls side on Twitter @lsfcgirlsrugby

Read the Final match report here 

MPU

London Scottish Lions

Frustratingly the 1st Xv had another walkover this weekend as Mill Hill pulled out of playing this past Saturday.

This weekend the 1st XV host Cuffley at the RAG on Saturday as they continue their quest to win their league. While the 2nd XV are away to Hampstead 3rd XV.

Minis

Most Minis age groups attended a triangular hosted by Regents Park along with Hampstead. London Scottish showed their strength on arrival, coming with two teams at U10 where the hosts and the other visitors could only manage to field one team.

Under 7s at the Middlesex Festival written by Angus Donaldson

The U7s spent Sunday morning thoroughly enjoying themselves at the Middlesex U7s Festival, hosted by our friends, Teddington. We had 2 teams playing and much ire was directed by the kids at coach Angus for almost being late with the tag belts!

We played all sorts of different teams from Wasps, Rosslyn Park, Harlequins, Ruislip and Barnes and it was great to see our players adapting to playing different opponents and tactics. As the season has progressed it is great to see everyone coming together and playing as a team and really supporting each other in the passing game.

We had quite a few high scoring games, one game against Wasps was so high that it’s lucky that we don’t keep score, as a calculator would have been needed. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing despite the weather. It was super catching up with players and coaches that we have met through the season and at other festivals.

Match Report from one of the Under 10 teams

The U10s got to work without delay, getting straight into rucking training while the hosts were still doing up their shoelaces! London Scottish split the U10s into two teams dividing experience equally and both opposing teams commented positively on how many young ladies London Scottish boast in our sides, or the London Scottish Lionesses as we call them!

One London Scottish U10 team took on Hampstead while the other took on Regents Park.

It was a battle, with the Hampstead side fielding a child that was taller than some of our coaches!  Never the less the Lions and Lionesses got tore into Hampstead, putting in massive tackles and driving the opponents back time after time.  Taylor was as usually massive in defence and attack, ably supported by Primrose and Marvin. With Romy on one wing and Will Malcom on the other, screaming for the ball we held a strong defensive line. Vinay and Hugo laid a very nice display of 4 passes and dummy, running the ball out to Taylor to put down a try towards the end of the second half.  In the end, however, the Hampstead weight advantage meant too many Scots were drawn into tackles leaving the wings undefended and Hampstead exploited the opportunity to run the ball wide to score three tries to our solitary score.

Next up were the hosts and though one might have expected this U10 team now to be exhausted after a hard-fought defeat, they showed resilience and determination. The team reorganised themselves, paying special attention to ensuring the wing was covered at all times and we brought an explosive attack to Regents Park every time. Without exception, every player gave us a perfect demonstration of textbook rugby. It was a pleasure to see the training coming into play with perfect rucking, fabulous tackling, much more passing and truly working as a team. The game came to a thrilling end with what spectator Nick Giles called the “try of the season” from Ethan JVR.

Taylor made an explosive tackle on a Regents Park centre, knocking the ball out of their possession. Romy scooped up the ball 5 meters from our try line and played it out to Ethan who evaded two players and then ran dangerously close to the touchline. As two defenders came to push him into touch, Ethan made a spectacular pirouette rolling around the defenders and then ran like the wind right through the centre dodging 4 Regents Park players who couldn’t come close to matching Ethan’s pace. The game ended 2:1 to the Scots.

Upcoming Minis Fixtures for the coming week;

With many age groups playing in Middlesex festivals on Sunday 10th March, the U8s will travel to Rosslyn Park, U9s to Ealing and U10s to Ruislip.   These are always exciting fixtures where it’s fantastic to play so many local teams in one morning.

The Under 11s will play in Richmond Festival, while U6 and U7s will consolidate coaching themes with training at Old Deer Park

Pro side

  • Former London Scots Alec Coombes and co-captain Robbie Fergusson helped Scotland to the Challenge trophy at Las Vegas 7s this past weekend
  • Dino Waldren Jr was a part of the USA side that was beaten by Uruguay in the ARC last weekend
  • Former London Scot Cameron Fenton has just signed a new deal with Edinburgh Rugby
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