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Another Bonus Point Victory Keeps Scottish Top

Another Bonus Point Victory Keeps Scottish Top

London Scottish produced a performance of power, pace and physical capability to record a 12 - 27 win and their twentieth consecutive victory, against a combative Cambridge side. This victory maintains London Scottish's lead at the top of National League 1 and the team will now take a well earned mini-break next weekend, through having four players in the England Counties squad.

London Scottish produced a performance of power, pace and physical capability to record a 12 – 27 win and their twentieth consecutive victory, against a combative Cambridge side. This victory maintains London Scottish’s lead at the top of National League 1 and the team will now take a well earned mini-break next weekend, through having four players in the England Counties squad.

Cambridge kicked off and London Scottish played with a strong wind at their backs on a cold but bright day. The early stages of the match were played exclusively in the Cambridge 22 metre, with the home side being penned in for first 10 minutes of the match. Cambridge winger Martin broke the Scottish stranglehold shortly later, when he cut through the Scottish line, but was quickly tackled and the breakout was quickly snuffed out. After 12 minutes, Scottish made a fine 20 metre line break through flanker Calder, who off loaded to centre Trueman who then charged towards the Cambridge line, however good Cambridge defence prevented the first try being scored. Scottish finally opened the scoring on 17 minutes, when fly half Ratford scored a penalty, after Cambridge were penalised for being offside.

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Scottish were now constantly putting the Cambridge defence on the back foot, however against the run of play the Cambridge team showed their capability, when full back Robinson intercepted a lose Scottish backs pass and raced 80metres down the pitch to score between the posts. Fly half Mugford converted leaving the score. 7 – 3. Scottish quickly restored their lead. A good Scottish backs move down the right wing led to interplay through the backs, which eventually led to the ball being fed out to full back Bordiss to score his seventh try of the season out wide. Ratford converted a difficult kick in swirling wind conditions to put Scottish back in the driving seat. Seven minutes later Scottish increased their lead further. The Cambridge defence was beginning to creek under the constant Scottish pressure. Scottish kicked into the corner following another Cambridge infringement and at the line out, flanker Brown scored following a series of rolling mauls. Ratford missed the conversion. The Cambridge cause was done further harm shortly before the half time whistle, when their hooker Pearl was yellow carded for deliberately knocking the ball forward at a ruck. The half time score was 7 – 15 to Scottish.

Fair play to Cambridge who raised their game in the early stages of the second half and were cover tackling extremely well, despite the fact they were down to 14 players. Once parity in the playing numbers was restored it was clear that the Cambridge defence were feeling the constant Scottish pressure as Scottish changed the point of attack. The pressure finally told on the hour mark when second row Hurrell was yellow carded after a serious of penalties on the Cambridge line. Scrum half Amor took a quick tap and dived through the retiring Cambridge defence to score the Scottish third try of the match. Ratford missed the conversion to leave the score 7 – 20.

Scottish were now in total ascendance in the match and full back Bordiss went on a mazy run through the Cambridge defence, after he caught the ball deep from one of the rare occasions when the Cambridge backs kicked the ball deep, even though they had a strong wind at their backs. Scottish achieved their bonus point winning try on 71 minutes. Winger Holgate made a strong run down the right wing. He off loaded to Bordiss, who was on his shoulder and was eventually held up by the Cambridge covering defence. The ball was quickly re-cycled and the ball was passed through the backs to prop Standfield, who was on an overlap with two further Scottish players outside him, including second row Brown. Standfield opted to run straight at the Cambridge covering defence and crashed over to score his fifth try of the season. Cambridge scored a consolation try close to the end of the match. Scottish conceded a penalty and Cambridge kicked into the corner and after possession was secured at the line out Mugford kicked long across the pitch for winger Du Toit, to what initially appeared to be a score out wide. The assistant referee ruled out the try as Du Toit was in front of the kicker and the referee brought play back to the previous line out, to restart the game. At the subsequent line out, replacement forward Edison was driven over. Mugford missed the conversion to leave the final score 12 – 27.

Scottish can take great heart from this match in the dominance they exerted throughout the game. The much vaunted Cambridge back line rarely threatened Scottish and were for great sways of the match hemmed into their own 22 metre line. Cambridge is never an easy place to come to and secure victory, so full credit to the Scottish side in achieving the bonus point victory. With the bonus point secured Scottish retain their one point lead over title contenders Barking. Both teams now take a weekend off, which will provide the players with a well earned rest and no doubt they will return in a fortnight's time ready and raring to take on Macclesfield, so lookout for match preview. Finally, wishing James Brown, Alex Clarke, David Howells and Tom Standfield every success in Dublin with the England Counties squad next weekend.

Lewis Calder was awarded the Away Supporters Man of the Match award.

 

Home Team
Robinson (23); Edison (76); Mugford (1c)
Away Team
Bordiss (27); Brown (34); Amor (60); Standfield (71); Ratford (2c 1p)
Home Team
Robinson, Du Toit, White, Wheatcroft, Martin, Mugford, Hunter, Cooper, Pearl, Cooper, Ashcroft-Leigh, Hurrell, McComb, Fox, Ingles

Replacements: Hunter, Reeves, Edison, Ayrton, Spencer

Away Team
Bordiss, Holgate, McInroy, Trueman, Howells, Ratford, Amor, Clarke, Kwasnicki, Standfield, Newman, Brown, Brown, Calder, Lipp

Replacements: Kent, McGrath, Palmer, Soden, Walbyoff

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