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Scottish Win Thriller Over Local Rivals

Scottish Win Thriller Over Local Rivals

Jake Sharp of London Scottish. Photo by Alan Stanford/PRiME Media Images.

London Scottish secured a comfortable 49-14 home win against Rotherham in their last league game, so were looking to extend their unbeaten run and secure bragging rights over their local rivals, who stole victory at the death in the reverse of this fixture late in 2017.

On a beautiful spring day in South West London, both teams went hard from the off, in one of the most physical encounters this ground has seen all season. Scottish dominated the early parts of the game; from a line out deep in the Richmond 22, the ball was sent through the hands to Sharp, who spotted Williams on the wing in space, who sprinted to the corner to score. Sharp converted, to make it 7-0 with 5 minutes played.

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Scottish continued to press & play at a high tempo, but this proved their undoing and let Richmond into the match. 8 minutes played, Scottish were looking comfortable on the ball, but a poor pass caused Neal to knock the ball on. The ball was scooped up by Richmond who ran it into the corner. Some scramble defence from Scottish put the breaks on Richmond a little, but Jones saw some space in the defensive line and dived over. Kirby converted, LSFC 7-7 Richmond.

Scottish continued their early dominance, carries from Milne, Atkinson & Miller putting Richmond on the back foot. Ingall conceded a penalty for taking a man out in the air, from the line out that followed, a smart catch & drive rumbled to the line. Allcock the man in possession of the ball as they crossed to score. Kirby converted, to make it LSFC 7-14 Richmond after 28 minutes.

Scottish answered back immediately. From the re-start Richmond kicked the ball out. Scottish went wide from the line out on the 10m line, moved the ball well through the hands, got the ball to Neal who produced another scintillating piece of skill to step three defenders and make 25m to score a superb solo try. LSFC 12-14 Richmond with 8 minutes left to play of the first half.

The first half ended as it began, with Richmond having to cope with a huge amount of attacking pressure from Scottish. More carries from Milne, Atkinson and Mosses in the centre of the park pushed Richmond back into their own half – Richmond really struggled to deal with Milne throughout the game. Scottish moved the ball well through the hands on the 5m line, but nothing was on. Alex Walker sent the ball wide to Neal, on to Williams who was brought down inches short. Behind him was Holland who grabbed the ball & dived into the corner to score. Not converted, LSFC 17-14 Richmond at halftime.

Both sides came out looking for early points, and Scottish dominated the early exchanges, but it was Richmond who got points on the board first. The forwards put Scottish under some pressure, and when replacement Scott broke through the defence, Davies was there on his shoulder to accept the ball and score. Kirby converted to give Richmond the lead, LSFC 17-21 Richmond after 49 minutes.

It took Scottish a few minutes to re-group. From the back, Holland was looking to create some magic, and ran at the Richmond defence; chasing one of his trademark up & unders, he was taken out, but the ball bounced of a Richmond defender and went out. From the line out, the catch & drive rumbled towards the line, where Dino Waldren dived over for his 3rd try in the last two games. LSFC 22-21 after 54 minutes.

Neither side was able to put much together in the following 10 minutes, both sides conceding a number of penalties. Scottish were under pressure on their 5m line around the 65 minute mark. Alex Walker produced a clearing kick to touch. From the line out, and quick step from a forward got Richmond through, but they were brought down centimetres short. Quick ball from the ruck to Scott, and he dived to score in the corner. Kirby couldn’t convert, LSFC 22-26 Richmond, with 13 minutes to play.

Scottish went on the attack, big carries from Neal, Eliet, Atkinson & Milne sent Richmond reeling. Richmond gave away a number of penalties in quick succession, and the ref sin-binned Trenier for the final 10 minutes. From the final penalty, Scottish secured a 5m line out. The catch & drive went nowhere, so Alex Walker sent the ball wide, it went through the hands to Williams who touched down in the corner. The conversion attempt hit the post, LSFC 27-26 with 4 minutes left to play. The atmosphere & crowd were superb throughout the game, but the last 4 minutes had everyone on edge.

From the re-start, the ball was knocked on straight away. Scottish were then penalised at the scrum which allowed Kirby an attempt at the points. As nearly 2,000 people fell silent, Kirby sent the ball straight down the middle of the posts. LSFC 27-29 Richmond, will barely 3 minutes to go.

Richmond collected the re-start and went through the phases on their own 10m line, looking to run out the clock. Massive hits went in from every Scottish player trying to disrupt the ball carrier. After 15+ phases, their perseverance was reward and Richmond were penalised for holding on. From 30m out, Sharp – who had not been having the best day off the tee – opted for the points. Nailing the kick, all the Scottish fans and players went into rapturous applause and cheering. Bragging rights restored to Scottish, and a valuable win. Full time, LSFC 30-29 Richmond.

 

 

London Scottish Harris; Miller; Waldren; Milne; Uanivi; Atkinson; C. Walker; Kenny (c); A. Walker; Sharp; Ingall; Mosses; Neal; Williams; J.L. Smith // Replacements: George; Appiah; Cringle; Marley; Eliet; Hoadley; Holland

Tries Williams (2x); Neal; Holland; Waldren

Conversion Sharp

Penalty Sharp

 

 

Richmond Cunnew; Grimstone; Tarrant; Lenygon; Davies; Liston; Allcock; Parker; Jones; Damant; Simpson-Hefft; McLean-Dents; Mitchell; Rath; Kirby // Replacements: Phipps; Goodrick-Clarke; Scott; Gibbs; Hudson; Saysell; Trenier

Tries Jones; Allcock; Davies; Scott

Conversion Kirby (x3)

Penalty Kirby

 

Referee Andrew Jackson

 

Attendence 1,798

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