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Derby Day Penalties Cost Scottish

Derby Day Penalties Cost Scottish

London Scottish Charlie Ingall scoring during the match between Richmond and London Scottish Football Club at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, United Kingdom on 1 September 2018. Photo by Andrew Aleksiejczuk.

On a superb, warm and sunny afternoon in Richmond, London Scottish were looking to get their season off to a perfect start against their local rivals. Honours were even last season, with a win & a loss each, so with a new look squad – which included Scottish internationals Grayson Hart & Richie Vernon – London Scottish were looking to come out of the gates quickly.

As it transpired, the opening exchanges were looking a bit rusty from both sides. Both teams seemed keen to hand over a few penalties, and it was Richmond who capitalised first. Kirby stepped up to slot home the first of three penalties in the opening 40 minutes. From the 10m line in the Scots half he had no issue putting it down the middle.

This seemed to galvanise the Scots. After Richmond cleared from their own 22, the ball fell into the hands of speedy back Joe Luca Smith, who darted his way up the pitch. Spotting the huge overlap, Scottish international Hart pinged the ball wide to Ingall, who tried a cheeky up & under over the final defender which he re-gathered and touched down by the posts. It was a lovely piece of individual skill, which gave Scottish the lead they deserved. There was no conversion, so after 10 minutes it was LSFC 5-3 Richmond.

More scrappy rugby was only punctuated by 3 key events; two more Kirby penalties to give Richmond a healthy looking 5-9 lead & a yellow card for Sam Edgerley on the 32 minute mark. Joe Luca Smith was taken out in the air, and the ref pulled a yellow card out without any hesitation.

The second half started at 100mph, Scottish made some big carries through the centre of the park through Mantella, Ingall and Smith. Scottish pulled Richmond all over the park, but the defence was solid throughout. After 6-7 minutes of pressure, Scottish conceded a couple of penalties again, which gifted Richmond an attacking platform. From a 5m line out, the ball was driven to the line… from one metre out, the ball was recycled and McLean found the line. Kirby converted to make it LSFC 5-16 Richmond on the 50 minute mark.

Scottish replied almost immediately; Scottish pushed Richmond around the park, until Richmond were forced to concede a penalty. From the ensuing 5m line out, the catch & drive rumbled forward. Grayson Hart, making his debut, was alert, and when he saw a gap he grabbed the ball and dived for the line. Jennings converted from a very tight angle, LSFC 12-16 Richmond with 25 minutes left to play.

From the re-start, Scots knocked on in their own 22. From the scrum, the scrum half Jones grabbed the ball and made 20m to the try line. It was a lovely piece of awareness and athleticism. No conversion, meant it was 12-21 with 20 minutes left to play.

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Scottish continued to concede penalties, which meant Kirby could keep the scoreboard ticking over. Kirby took the game to 12-24 on the 63rd minute, his tally for the game being an impressive 14 points.

Scottish went through the phases in the final 10 minutes in the Richmond half, but were unable to make any dent in the scoreboard. It looked as if Smith had found some space and made it to the try line, but the assistant ref decided that he knocked the ball on as he was placing it on the ground.

Huge carries from Bright and Smith had kept the pressure on Richmond. In the 77th minute, Hoadley spotted that the Richmond defence were all bunched in one corner, so kicked it out wide to Stevenson who was unmarked, despite an awkward bounce, he was able to touch it down. Jennings converted again, to make it LSFC 19-24 Richmond, which was how it stayed until the final whistle.

When it clicked for Scottish, they looked superb; Saunders, Hodge, Hart & Smith were a constant threat throughout the game. Unfortunately, the Scots penalty count cost them the game.

 

London Scottish Broadley; Saunders; Palframan; Hodge; Uanivi; Frost; Wynne; Bright (c); Hart; Jennings; Mantella; Duncan; Vernon; Ingall; Smith // Replacements; Harding; Harris; Cringle; Tyas; Hoadley; Perry; Stevenson

Tries Ingall; Hart; Stevenson

Conversion(s) Jennings (2)

Penalties

 

Richmond FC Goodrick-Clarke; Grimstone; Trenier; Lenygon; Parker; Liston; Milne; Jones; Damant; Edgerley; McLean; Mitchell (c); Woodward; Kirby // Replacements: Freestone; Walford; Spelman; Edwards; Saysell; Dennett; Simpson-Hefft

 

Tries McLean; Jones

Conversion(s) Kirby

Penalties Kirby (4)

Yellow Card Edgerley

 

 

Referee(s) Simon Harding; Darryl Champman; Lionel Spooner

 

Attendance 1506

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