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A Game of Two Halves – Tynedale 15 – London Scottish 31

A Game of Two Halves – Tynedale 15 – London Scottish 31

London Scottish made their third ever visit to the picturesque Tynedale ground keen to erase the painful memories of the heavy loss last season. There was never any doubt of a repeat performance, as Scottish recorded a comprehensive and workmanlike 15 - 31 victory achieving the bonus point in front of a large and vocal Scottish following.

London Scottish made their third ever visit to the picturesque Tynedale ground keen to erase the painful memories of the heavy loss last season. There was never any doubt of a repeat performance, as Scottish recorded a comprehensive and workmanlike 15 – 31 victory achieving the bonus point in front of a large and vocal Scottish following.

A heavy overnight frost in Corbridge mean't that the kick off was delayed by 30 minutes to allow the frost to clear from the pitch. The Scottish forwards were quick out of the blocks in the opening half and were far too strong for Tynedale and the subsequent posession allowed Scottish to virtually play the whole of the first 40 minutes in the Tynedale half.

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After six minutes Scottish prop Johnson crashed over following a line out 10 metres short of the Tynedale line. Fly half Brown just missed with his conversion, with the ball drifting to the right of the post. The Scottish forwards were totally dominant and the Tynedale pack were constantly under pressure which resulted in a high penalty count against the home side. On 20 minutes Brown slotted over a penalty from 10 metres out, following another indiscretion by the Tynedale forwards. Scottish continued to exert constant pressure on the Tynedale line, which resulted in prop Johnson strolling over on the blindside unopposed for his second try of the match. Brown missed the conversion to leave the score 0 – 13 after 23 minutes.

Scottish continued to take the match by the scruff of the neck and maintain the pressure in the Tynedale 22 metres, which allowed Brown the time and space for a drop goal on 29 minutes to increase the lead to 0 -16. Tynedale were constantly on the back foot in the closing stages of the first half and the patience of the referee was finally broken when the Tynedale second row Murray and centre Smailes were yellow carded in quick succession for constant infringements, leaving Tyndale staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat. Scottish scored their third try of the match on 40 minutes when lock Newman crashed over with Brown adding the extras. Brown further increased the lead just before the half time whistle, with his second drop goal of the match to leave the half time score 0 -26 to Scottish.

Scottish further increased their lead and secured the bonus point with their fourth try on 51 minutes, when scrum half Amor went over following another period of intense pressure on the Tynedale line. Brown missed the conversion to leave the score 0 – 31 to Scottish. Drastic action was now required by the Tynedale side if they were reverse things and stop the rampaging Scottish forwards. Tynedale then introduced their Newcastle Falcons dual registered hooker Graham, which appeared to galvanize the Tynedale pack. Full credit to Tynedale who brought respectability to the scoreline with flanker Cousin crashing over out wide on 60 & 70 minutes respectively, with fly half Beasley missing the conversion on both occasions. Scottish lost two players to yellow cards in the last quarter, with flanker Lonergan and winger Piotrowski spending time off the field. Tynedale reduced the deficit further when winger Visser scored in injury time out wide, following a good Tynedale backs move. Beasley missed the conversion, leaving the final score of 15 – 31. The match was thankfully devoid of any serious injury, however the referee managed to play 15 minutes of extra time, much to the dismay of the traveling Scottish supporters.

A huge thank you to all the Scottish supporters who made the long journey up from the south, together with the very large number of Scottish supporters who made the short journey down from Scotland. Your support was very much appreciated. The noise generated in the first half was outstanding and at times you would have thought it was Scottish who were at home, rather than Tynedale.

To summarise – another comprehensive victory by Scottish who dominated a strong Tynedale pack and limited the Tynedale backs to a few opportunities in the first half. A bonus point secured in the third quarter of the game at a difficult location, where not many sides even come away with a victory, let alone a bonus point victory. The winning sequence has been maintained and now stands at 14 matches, however another difficult match is on the horizon, with Scottish making an immediate return to the North East next weekend, when Blaydon lay in wait. Look out for the match preview.

The Away Supporters man of the match was awarded to James Brown

Home Team
Tries: Visser, Cousin x2
Away Team
Tries: Amor, Newman, Johnston x2

Con: Brown

Pen: Brown

Drop Goal: Brown x2

Home Team
15 Visser, 14 Ingall, 13 Tait, 12 Smales, 11 Rogers, 10 Beasley, 9 Peck

1 Harrison, 2 Graham, 3 Shields, 4 Murray, 5 Irvin, 6 Cousin, 7 Beasley, 8 Dawson

 

Replacements: Fearn, Graham, Outson, Murray, Cole

Away Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Piotrowski, 13 MacDougall, 12 Trueman (c), 11 Howells, 10 Brown, 9 Amor

1 Johnston, 2 Standfield, 3 Fahey, 4 Newman, 5 Brown, 6 Lonergan, 7 Calder, 8 Lipp

 

Replacements: McGrath, Clarke, Palmer, Soden, Page

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