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Scottish Deserved Winners in Cup Derby

Scottish Deserved Winners in Cup Derby

After a moving and solemn 30 minute remembrance service to honour those members & players of London Scottish and Richmond FC who fell in the Great War, where the name of everyone who never returned home was read out to the fans of both sides in the stands, the opening Championship Cup game of the season for these local rivals kicked off in cold, and very wet conditions.

It took a while for the game to open up, as neither side was able to create much in such wet and miserable conditions. Scottish dominated possession and territory but Richmond got on the scoreboard first with a penalty from Kirby, giving them a 0-3 lead after 22 minutes.

Scottish made huge ground through Hodge, Tyas and Eliet, and when they made their way up to the Richmond 5m line on the half hour mark, it felt inevitable that Scottish would score. After pulling defenders in at the ruck, Scottish sent the ball through the hands to Duncan who scored in the corner. Perry converted to make it LSFC 7-3 Richmond, which was how it stayed until the 46th minute, when Kirby scored his second penalty of the evening. LSFC 7-6 with 35 minutes to play.

Scottish matched Richmond with a penalty of their own 5 minutes later, Perry stretching the lead; 10-6.

The final half an hour turned into an arm wrestle between the packs in a game that eventually had 33 scrums; neither side was able to put much together in awful conditions, the ball slipped and popped in every direction. A game that Scottish will feel they should have killed off, was set-up for a nail biting finish when Richmond won a scrum in the 75th minute on the Scots 5m line. After a number of re-sets, Hodge & Cringle both saw yellow.

Palframan came back on and took command of the situation. The scrum stayed up and Richmond went wide, but they couldn’t capitalise on their 2 extra men, and squandered their chance to steal a win. On the 89th minute, Richmond knocked on and the ref called time, LSFC 10-6 Richmond.

Not vintage rugby in these conditions, but still great performances from Palframan (who picked up the Man of the Match award), Austin, Bright and Duncan.

MPU

 

London Scottish Dawe; Austin; Palframan; Hodge; Frost; Tyas; Eliet; Bright (c); Hart; Perry; Duncan; Mosses; Vernon; Mantella; Smith // Replacements: Harding; Brodley; Cringle; Vukasinovic; Marley; Hoadley; Davidson

Tries Duncan

Conversion(s) Perry

Penalties Perry

 

Richmond FC Cunnew; Phipps; Spelman; Lenygon; Crawford; Warden; Liston; Parker; Jones; Dennett; Simpson-Hefft; Hudson; Mitchell (c); Edgerley; Kirby // Replacements: Grimstone; Trenier; Goodrick-Clarke; Boyce; Gibbs; Cook; Webber

Tries

Conversion(s)

Penalties Kirby (x2)

 

Referee(s) A. Thomas; P. Burton; N. Carrick; J. Lewars

Attendance 1,393

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