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Bad day at Vallis Way

Bad day at Vallis Way

Under Ben Ward, Ealing have maintained a 100% record in this seasons Championship ensuring they sit atop the table. In the previous round they saw off a strong Bedford team 45-25; they took the lead within three minutes and never looked like loosening their hold on the game throughout.

London Scottish came into this game looking to get back to winning ways after last week, where an 84th minute try was controversially ruled out against Nottingham, meaning they lost 33-31 at home.


Kicking off in perfect conditions, fans were treated to some breath-taking, attacking rugby. Ealing were quick to capitalise on countless Scottish mistakes. 6 minutes in Miles Mantella read the Jake Sharp’s wide pass and intercepted it inside the Scottish half. He had a simple run in to open the scoring.

Only three minutes later, Ealing used quick-hands to get the ball wide to ex-Scot Pete Lydon who was unopposed in acres of space. Lydon ran in, and converted, his own try to take Ealing to 14 points inside ten minutes.

Scottish answered back; an excellent period of play, moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other, until it reached Craig Holland who latched onto a great pass from Fraser Lyle and dived in to open the scoring for Scottish. A Sharp conversion made it 7-14 to Ealing.

Ealing shot right back, and from a catch & drive on the Scottish 5m line, scored again. Walker being in possession of the ball when they crossed the line. On the half hour mark, Ealing scored their 4th try of the half through centre Piers O’Conor. LSFC 7-31 Ealing.

The second half started as the first ended; Ealing took just four minutes to add to their lead. American flanker Andrew Duratulo collected the ball on the Scottish 22 and smashed through two tackles to run to the line. Ealing were now looking out of sight at 7-41.

Lydon kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty, before another ex-Scot Mark Bright got his opportunity to score from a 5m line-out, Scottish were unable to stop the rolling maul, and Ealing increased their lead to 7-48.

Scottish didn’t let their heads-drop, From their own 22, they worked the ball through the phases, and got to the Ealing 5m line. Debutant Matt Eliet saw a gap and crashed over the line. Sharp missed the conversion. 12-48.

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Ealing played some terrific, fluid, exciting rugby. A nice passage of play led to the ball finding replacement Rayn Smid who showed a turn of speed to get to the line and score. 4 minutes later, a rolling maul made its way to the Scottish try line & Gibbons was in possession of the ball when it was touched down.

Again, a crossfield kick was collected by Seb Stegman, who shook off three Scottish tacklers and made it three tries in 8 minutes.
2 minutes after the buzzer fly half Penberthy intercepted another Scottish pass on the halfway line & ran in the final try. He missed the chance to convert his try, so the game ended London Scottish 12-72 Ealing Trailfinders.

After the game, Director of Rugby Dave Morris, was candid in his response to the performance, the basics just weren’t there, in every department. Kicking, set-piece, collisions in defence, organisation‚Ķ we were second best.

Man of the Match Peter Lydon

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