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Scottish Secure Late Win in Wales

Scottish Secure Late Win in Wales

Josh Barton against Dragons Premiership Select. Credit: Ian Lovell

 

London Scottish came into this game on the back of a strong second half performance last week against Yorkshire Carnegie. After trailing at the half, Scottish ran in three unanswered tries to come away with a convincing 29-19 win.

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Dragons Premiership Select, who came up against a good Jersey team last week, suffered a 40-21 defeat, so had made 4 changes to their starting 15 in the hope of securing a victory at home.

It had been raining all day, and it didn’t look like it was going to let up anytime soon, but both teams were on the hunt for early points. It was the Dragons that got themselves on the scoreboard first.

From the kick off, the Dragons raced up the pitch to put pressure on the backs, which forced Scottish to concede a penalty. From the line out that followed, a solid catch & drive raced towards the try line, the Dragons pinged the ball wide to Beard who stepped and dived for the line from 5m out. With the conversion added, the Dragons were 0-7 in the lead within 2 minutes.

From the re-start, the exact same thing happened; the Dragons raced forward and, under pressure, Scottish conceded another penalty. From the line out that followed, the ball was sent wide to O’Brien who tried a lovely chip over the top, which Nightingale dived onto to score. No conversion, and the Dragons had a well-earned 0-12 lead in under 4 minutes.

Finally, Scottish kicked into gear and began putting phases together; nice caries from Ben Mosses and Charlie Ingall got Scottish onto the front foot. After 13 minutes, Scottish found themselves going through the phases on the Dragons 5m line. Barton found Mosses, who dived under the posts to score whilst two defenders hung off him. Lyle converted to make it 7-12.

The Dragons Premiership Select continued to attack like they had in the opening minutes; Scottish were penalised again, and O’Brien put the ball into the corner for a 5m line out. The catch & drive from the line out made its way to the line, with Mathews holding the ball as they crossed to score. O’Brien converted, to give the Dragons a 7-19 lead with just 20 minutes played.

Another penalty awarded against Scottish, and the Dragons saw a chance to extend their lead further. From the halfway line, dead in front of the posts, O’Brien slotted the ball home easily; LSFC 7-22 Dragons, after 28 minutes played.

Scottish dominated the next ten minutes, and just before the half, put together some flowing rugby. Along the Dragons 22, the ball went quickly through the hands to Luca-Smith on the wing, who showed a clean pair of heels to the last defender to score in the corner. No conversion, so the teams went in at half time, LSFC 12-22 Dragons.

Scottish started the second half in much the same way they had finished the first; 45 minutes gone and Scottish moved the ball along the Dragons 22; Strang, out of nowhere, just stepped & shrugged off his tackler for an easy run in. LSFC 17-22 Dragons.

It was all Scottish over the next ten minutes; on 55 minutes, Dragons were penalised, and Lyle went to touch. From the 5m line out, the drive was never going to be stopped. Dan George was holding the ball as they crossed the line in the corner. From an incredibly tight angle, Strang converted (which drew clapping from both sets of supporters), to give Scottish a narrow lead; LSFC 24-22 Dragons.

Both sides struggled with the conditions, and kicked for territory in the next ten minutes. On the 70 minute mark, the Dragons gave away a penalty just inside their own half, in front of the posts… Strang fancied his chances, and nailed the kick. LSFC 27-22 Dragons.

The Dragons threw everything at Scottish in the final 9 minutes, but the defence held firm, and the game ended LSFC 27-22 Dragons. Stand out performance from Ben Mosses who the Dragons struggled to contain, and who was solid defensively.

 

London Scottish Christie; Miller (c); Waldren; Uanivi; McGeekie; Gillanders; C. Walker; Marley; Barton; Lyle; Mosses; Neal; Luca-Smith; Scott; Ingall // Replacements: George; Appiah; Cringle; Tyas; Berry; Hoadley; Strang

Tries Mosses; Luca-Smith; Strang; George

Conversion Lyle; Strang

Penalty Strang

 

Dragons Premiership Select Reynolds; Buckley; Bale; Williams; Skinner; Matthews; Basham; Greggains (c); Davies; O’Brien; Edwards; Beard; Morris; Nightingale; Prosser // Replacements: Griffiths; Price; James; Parker; Fricker; Flynn; Dyer

Tries Beard; Nightingale; Matthews

Conversion O’Brien (x2)

Penalty O’Brien

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