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Scottish Defeated by Clinical Irish

Scottish Defeated by Clinical Irish

Charlie Ingall of London Scottish runs for the try line during the Greene King IPA Championship match between London Irish Rugby Football Club and London Scottish Football Club at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, England on 2 March 2019. Photo by Carlton Myrie.

After four positive performances in 2019 which yielded three comfortable wins, London Scottish were bitterly disappointed with their last, and fifth outing of the year, against the Bedford Blues at the RAG, which saw the visitors run in five tries to win 35-17. Hoping to bounce back quickly against the league leaders at the Madjeski, London Scottish put pressure on Irish in the opening stages of the game with their quick line speed and aggression at the break down but were un-done, as they would be throughout the game, by some costly handling errors.

Irish opened the scoring just 3 minutes in, Scottish lost their own line out on the halfway line. Van Vuuren found huge space in the defensive line and stepped his man. Irish fell short of the try line, and went 15 or so phases on the 5m line until Hoskins found a way over. Keatley converted, LSFC 0-7 Irish.

Irish found themselves in the Scots 22 with the ball, but under huge pressure physically. Saunders turned the ball over, and offloaded to Stevenson who powered his way up the other end, a smart offload to Eliet who looked set to score until he was brought down illegally. Tuiuse saw yellow, and Scottish got a 5m line out. From the catch & drive Ingall found space and scored. Jennings converted from the touchline, LSFC 7-7 Irish with half an hour to go.

The rest of the half belonged to Irish who capitalised on the Scottish handling errors. Scottish were moving the ball around well on halfway, Jennings attempted a grubber through but it came off a defender who scooped it up and ran 40m the other way. He couldn’t make it himself, but Keatley was on his shoulder to score in the corner and add the conversion. LSFC 7-14 Irish.

Scottish had the ball in the Irish half, but spilled the pass to the winger. Ojo grabbed it and ran to the 5m line before being brought down. Irish went through the phases until Hoskins found his way over for his second try of the half. Keatley added the two, LSFC 7-21 Irish with 10 minutes to play.

Another handling error from Scottish, another try for Irish. A couple of poor passes from Scottish in their own 22, ended in a knock on. From the scrum, McKibbin accelerated to the wing & he tried to go alone despite men in space next to him. Unable to find a way through, the ball was recycled and given to Rogerson who powered his way over. Keatley added the conversion. LSFC 7-28 Irish at halftime.

The second half was much the same as the first, Irish scoring within 3 minutes of the whistle. Scottish knocked the ball on in their own 22, and Irish needed no invitation to score again. Irish shipped the ball through the hands to captain Rogerson who scored his second the game. Irish then had the opportunities used their set piece to devastating effect; van Vuuren scoring twice on his debut, both from a maul which followed a 5m line out.


Ten minutes left to play, Scottish were 47-7 down. Scottish put some nice phases together, Barton found space at the ruck and made a line to the try-line. A little dink over the top was dived on by the defence but they carried over the whitewash, gifting Scottish a 5m scrum. A couple of phases on from the scrum, Jennings landed a superb cross-field kick in the hands of Mantella who was happy to dot down in the corner.

Irish answered back through Hassell-Collins. More off-target passing from Scottish handed the ball to the Irish forwards, who sent it wide to the young winger who had an easy run in. The final phases of the game were Scottish’s and they were able to reduce the deficit a little further through Ingall again. Wynne, one of the stand-out players for Scottish, made space in the middle of the park, Ingall was on his shoulder and stepped his man, running 60m to score a great solo try.

You have to feel that Scottish made life easy for Irish, but credit to them they were clinical when the opportunities came knocking.

Stand out performances for Scottish from Wynne, Stevenson, Eliet & double try scorer Ingall.


London Scottish Harris; Saunders; Cringle; Vukasinovic; Uanivi; Eliet; Wynne; Bright (c); Hart; Jennings; Mantella; Vernon; Beattie; Stevenson; Ingall // Replacements: Harding; Brodley; Palframan; Hodge; Frost; Barton; Veratau

Tries Ingall (x2); Mantella

Conversion(s) Jennings (x3)



London Irish Ried; Van Vuuren; Hoskins; Van Der Merwe; McNally (c); Tuisue; Schatz; Rogerson; McKibbin; Keatley; Loader; McLean; Macken; Ojo; Veitokani // Replacements: Porecki; Cilliers; Paulo; Gilsenan; Steele; Atkins; Hassell-Collins

Tries Hoskins (x2) Keatley; Rogerson (x2); Van Vuuren (x2) Hassell-Collins

Conversion(s) Keatley (x6)



Referee(s) G. MacDonald; N. Marshall; S. Lewis; J. James; T. Tahany



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