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Scottish Secure Vital Win Against Coventry

Scottish Secure Vital Win Against Coventry

Rory Jennings of London Scottish during the Greene King IPA Championship match between London Scottish Football Club and Coventry at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, United Kingdom on 8 March 2019. Photo by Carlton Myrie/ PRiME Media Images.

 

 

 

 

It was a difficult outing against London Irish in Reading last weekend for Scottish where the home side ran in 8 tries. Coventry, by contrast, secured a valuable win against Richmond at home giving them a 6-point cushion in the table over London Scottish.

On a very wet and windy evening in London the game began slowly as both teams struggled with the conditions, each deploying the box kick as a way to get territory and put pressure on the other. Coventry were first on the scoreboard after 8 minutes. From a 5m line out, the catch & drive went nowhere and the Scots defence fanned out leaving a mighty gap for Kessell to run into and score. Maisey converted, LSFC 0-7 Coventry.

Former All-Black Tuitupou, making his first start for Coventry since October, was up against Veratau for Scottish and both players threw their bodies into some crunching tackles. Tuitupou initially came out on top in the early stages of the game, repeatedly setting up his team mates to make big ground on the wings. Coventry got their second try through Ellis; Tuitupou crashed through the middle of the pitch, only the full back was home. Instead of going alone, he set-up Ellis on his shoulder who had a simple run in under the posts. Maisey converted, LSFC 0-14 Coventry with 25 mins to play.

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Slowly the games momentum began to shift to Scottish. Wynne, Bright and Eliet made big in-roads, and sent Coventry backwards in the tackle. On the half hour mark, Scottish went through a dozen phases on the Coventry 5m line but could only come away with 3-points. This was followed up by a remarkable try.

Coventry returned the re-start, only Bright seemed to be alert to it. He caught it on his own 10m line, ran 25m into the Coventry half through most of the team, offloaded to Ingall who dinked the ball over Emery, then beat Bulumakau in a foot race to touch it down.  Scottish had pulled back 10 points in about 60 seconds.

Despite more Scottish pressure, Coventry were able to see out the half clinging onto a 4-point lead.

The second half began as the first ended, with Scottish on top. Scottish carried hard through Wynne, Bright & Eliet, causing all sorts of problems for the Coventry defence. It took 6 minutes for Scottish to take the lead. After a number of penalties conceded at the rolling maul on their own 5m line, Voss saw yellow and handed Scottish the advantage. From the 5m line out, the catch & drive went nowhere, from the back the ball was pinged wide to Barton who ran into the corner for his first try this season. No conversion, LSFC 15-14 Coventry with 35 mins left to play.

Scottish continued to dominate the game, but could not find that elusive fourth try. Stevenson, Griffiths, Ingall, Bright all found themselves beyond the Coventry 5m line but unable to muscle their way over. Huge credit has to go to the Coventry pack for keeping the door shut. Coventry kept trying to kick for territory but Ingall & Fowlie didn’t miss a step at the back, and would not let Coventry gain a foothold in the game.

The game ended 15-14, which would suggest a much, much tighter game than it was. Scottish were on top for 50 minutes and left at least three tries out there this evening. Stand out performances from Barton, Wynne, Bright and man of the match Charlie Ingall.

London Scottish Harris; Harding; Cringle; Uanivi; Tyas; Eliet; Wynne; Bright (c); Barton; Jennings; Fowlie; Veratau; Griffiths; Stevenson; Ingall // Replacements: Saunders; Litchfield; Palframan; Vukasinovic; Frost; Brand; Beattie

Tries Ingall; Barton

Conversion(s) Jennings

Penalties Jennings

 

Conventry Ellis; Tolmie; Boulton (c); Voss; Oram; Peters; Nutley; Faleafa; Kessell; Maisey; Halaifonua; Tuitupou; Knox; Bulumakau; Emery // Replacements: Nilsen; Gibbons; Brighouse; Adams; Ram Flinn; Stevens

Tries Kessell; Ellis

Conversion(s) Maisey (x2)

Penalties

 

 

Referee(s) M. Turvey; M. Patz; R. Maybank; J. Sutton

Attendance 1,155

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