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B&I Cup Dissapointment for Scottish

B&I Cup Dissapointment for Scottish




The reverse of this fixture was played at the Stade Santander International in Jersey last week, where the Reds ran away with a comprehensive victory. In light of this, Scottish have made 12 changes to their starting line up.

On a cold, cold day in South West London, Scottish were set on making an impression on Jersey. It took only 5 minutes for Jake Sharp to get Scottish on the scoreboard. Sustained pressure in the Reds half forced them to concede a penalty, which Sharp duly dispatched from 30m out.

Scottish twisted the screw further; huge carries in the centre of the pitch from Matt Eliet forced the Reds back into their own half. After another huge carry over the gain line from Eliet, the ball was sent wide to Luca-Smith on the wing, who showed the defence a clean pair of heels to touch down in the corner. 8 minutes in, and Scottish had raced to an 8-0 lead.

Scottish continued to heap pressure on the Reds defence, who struggled to contain Eliet and Mosses. The Reds soaked up the attacks, and made their way down to the Scottish 22 on the 20 minute mark. Huge hits went in from Uanivi, Neal & Tyas who forced a knock-on from the Reds. From the back of the scrum, the ball went wide to Parton, who stepped and sprinted 60m up field, on his shoulder was Luca-Smith, who received the ball on the 22m line, and ran in his second try of the game. It was a superb piece of athleticism from both players. LSFC 13-0 Reds.

This seemed to kick Jersey into gear, Ma’afu led the charge on the Scottish defence, and made huge carries over the gain line. On the 28th minute, he broke two tackles and raced to the 5m line; quick ball to Pincus, who dived over the line to open the scoring for Jersey. The ever-reliable Cope had no issue converting, to make it LSFC 13-7 Jersey Reds.

Pressure from Reds told again; a 5m scrum on the 34 minute mark rumbled forward to the try line. Cope added the conversion. Half time scores, LSFC 13-14 Jersey Reds. On balance, Scottish enjoyed a lot more possession and territory, so should have been disappointed to go in at half time a point down.

Whatever was said to Jersey at halftime made a huge difference to their performance. They were straight out of the blocks in the second half; more big carries from MacFarlane took the Reds up to the Scottish 22m line in the first minute. Dudley sent the ball wide to Hodson who powered over the line to score. LSFC 13-21 Reds after 42 minutes.

The Reds heaped pressure on Scottish, using their forwards & their scrum to win a number of penalties. On the 46th minute, Cope extended the Reds lead by three, after they won another penalty from a scrum.

The Reds were on the backfoot for the next ten minutes, carries from Mosses and Uanivi kept them wrong-footed, and unable to put anything meaningful together. The Reds came on the attack, but Austin stripped them of the ball… the ball was fumbled, picked-up by Cope, who ran it 40m back to the Scottish try line to score between the posts. He added the conversion, to give the Reds a 13-31 lead.

The Reds forwards dominated the next 10 minutes of the game; Selway was the next to power his way over the line on the 60 minute mark. Cope converted, which meant the Reds had scored 24 points in 20 minutes. LSFC 13-38 Reds.

Just a few minutes later, a piece of individual brilliance from Tom Parton; receiving the ball on the wing inside his own half, he sprinted past two defenders, executed a superb over-the-top kick whilst running a full speed… the ball dropped just beyond the goal line, which he dived on to score. 66 minutes gone, and the score was LSFC 18-38 Reds.

Jersey went on the attack again, after a fantastic bit of skill from Scottish it was the Reds turn; 10m out from the try line, Joel Dudley stepped to create a gap, and offloaded superbly to Worrall who had an easy run in. Cope added the conversion to make it 18-45. Full time LSFC 18-45 Reds.

Despite the scoreline, Scottish put in a good performance, with stand out individual performances from captain Ben Mosses, Tjiuee Uanivi, Joe Luca-Smith, Matt Eliet & Man of the Match, Tom Parton.


London Scottish Christie; George; Cringle; Tyas; Uanivi; Baillie; C. Walker; Eliet; A. Walker; Sharp; Holland; Mosses (c); Neal; Luca-Smith; Parton // Replacements: Austin; Appiah; McQuillin; Milne; Atkinson; Barton; Coombes

Tries Luca-Smith (x2); Parton


Penalty Sharp


Jersey Godfey; MacFarlane; Atalifo; Sexton; Voss; Upfield; Nagle-Taylor; Argyle; Dudley; Cope; Hodson; Best; Ma’afu; Pincus; Worrall // Replacements: Selway; Woolmore; Armstrong; McKern; Joyce; Duschesne; Abrahams

Tries Pincus; Argyle; Hodson; Cope; Selway; Worrall

Conversion Cope (x6)

Penalty Cope


Man of the Match Tom Parton


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