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Victory Snatched From Scottish At The Death

Victory Snatched From Scottish At The Death

On a sunny afternoon in Doncaster, both sides were looking to make a quick start in near perfect conditions. It was a much changed side for Scottish compared to the team that lost to Carnegie last week, after number of players picked up injuries.

Knights were first out of the gate and took control of the opening 10 minutes, keeping the pace of the game high and keeping Scottish pinned in their own half. It took only 2 minutes for the Knights to score through Stedman. The Knights stretched the defensive line, and muscled their way over from 5m out. Flockhart converted to give them a 0-7 lead.

The Knights enjoyed the bulk of possession, but Scottish grew into the game and put in a defensive shift that would have kept out any team in the league. The Knights probed and prodded but at every turn were met with a wall of light blue shirts who all put their bodies on the line, and hit as hard as they could. As the half went on, the Knights looked to be running out of ideas as the Scots defence repeatedly raced up to shunt them backwards.

17 minutes played, and Scottish converted their physical dominance into points. From the halfway line, Scottish pinged the ball around superbly. Beattie, who was a live-wire throughout the game, made huge ground in the middle of the pitch. The ball was recycled quickly to Griffiths just outside the Knights 22, who went over his man, offloaded smartly to Hoadley on his shoulder who had an easy run in. Jennings converted, LSFC 7-7 Knights.

Knights continued to enjoy a lot of the ball, but could not make it count. The Scot’s tackling count must have been into the high triple digits, but they looked fitter and more aggressive at every breakdown compared to the Doncaster players who were starting to look despondent as they struggled to get past a powerful defence.

On the 35th minute, Scottish took the lead. Beattie and Ingall combined well to drag Scottish to the 5m line. The Knights conceded 3 penalties in the phases that followed which eventually gifted Scottish a 5m line out. Scottish used the ball well, Barton fired the ball into Ingall’s chest and he ran full tilt past the defence from 6-7 metres out to score. Jennings added the 2, to make it 14-7 at half time.

The second half began much as the first did, with the Knights on top. 10 minutes played and Scottish had conceded a scrum on their 5m line. They gave away a cheap pen, and from the back Tyrell took it quickly and charged to the line to score. He fell short but Roberts was on hand to scoop it up and dive over. Converted by Flockhart, LSFC 14-21 Knights.

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As the half went on you could see how much more dominant Scottish were, but they could not convert that into possession or points, and on the 67th minute the Knights took the lead. It was more of the same from the Knights, they muscled their way to the 5m line from a line out, sucked in defenders to the ruck until a gap opened up to score. Flockhart converted to give the Knights a 14-21 lead with 10 minutes to play.

Scottish were quick to answer back. From their own 5m scrum, Bright picked the ball up and barged over two defenders. The ball was recycled quickly and moved along the 5m line until space opened up for Stevenson to accelerate into to score. Jennings converted, LSFC 21-21 Knights with 6 minutes to play, and Scottish had all the momentum.

In the final moments, Scottish moved the ball around well and were slowly but surely pushing the Knights back deeper into their own half. On the 82nd minute, Jennings went for a drop goal that would win the game, but it was charged down. From the chase that followed the Knights were able to get the ball and race to the 5m line. Scottish got back, but were on the backfoot, and Tyrell saw an opportunity to score from a couple of feet out. Flockhart converted, final score LSFC 21-28 Knights.

Scottish were more physical, aggressive, and dominant but they conceded two soft penalties at the start of each half. It is difficult to pick out just a couple of players for praise as the entire team put in a huge shift, but Bright, Tyas, Jennings and Griffiths all had a superb game.

 

 

London Scottish Harris; Saunders; Palframan; Hodge; Vukasinovic; Uanivi; Tyas; Bright (c); Hoadley; Jennings; Beattie; Vernon; Griffiths; Stevenson; Ingall // Replacements: Adams; Brodley; Cringle; Wakeling; Barton; Hart; Mantella

Tries Hoadley; Ingall; Stevenson

Conversion(s) Jennings (x3)

Penalties 

 

Doncaster Knights Hislop; Hunter; Beech; Civetta; Hicks; Stedman; Hills; Tyrell; James; Olver; Jarvis; Clark; Roberts; Flockhart; Cowell // Replacements: Mayhew; List; Sproston; Challinor; Burrows; Polataivao; Morath

Tries Stedman; Roberts; Tyrell (x2)

Conversion(s) Flockhart (x4)

Penalties

 

Referee(s) J. Meredith; M. Turvey; P. Allen; T. Allott

Attendance 1,309

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