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Blaydon 3 – 40 London Scottish

Blaydon 3 – 40 London Scottish

London Scottish roared into second place in the league, with an emphatic victory in their second trip up to the North East in two consecutive weekends. Scottish significantly stepped up a level in the quality of their play, but full credit to Blaydon for their resolute defending throughout the match, however the result of this match was never in any doubt from the opening minutes of the game.

London Scottish roared into second place in the league, with an emphatic victory in their second trip up to the North East in two consecutive weekends. Scottish significantly stepped up a level in the quality of their play, but full credit to Blaydon for their resolute defending throughout the match, however the result of this match was never in any doubt from the opening minutes of the game.

London Scottish kicked off on an overcast but dry day on a relatively heavy Crow Trees pitch. Scottish opened their account after 3 minutes when centre McDougall finished off a good backs overlap move and touched down close to the corner flag. Fly half Brown converted a very difficult kick to add the extras, leaving the scoreline 0 – 7. Blaydon made their first foray into the Scottish half after 7 minutes, when Scottish were penalised just outside the 22 metres. Fly half Baggett coolly stroked over the penalty 3 -7. Scottish then stepped up their play, which resulted in a series of rolling mauls close to the Blaydon line. After being held up short, the ball was released to the Scottish backs and centre Trueman stepped inside to score. Brown converted leaving the score 3 – 14 after 12 minutes.

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Scottish increased their lead further after 15 minutes following a good backs move down the left by winger Howells, who then off loaded to full back Bordiss who scored out wide. Two minutes later Scottish were penalised for holding on close to the 22 metre line, however Baggett missed to the left of the posts. Scottish secured the bonus point after 25 minutes when the Scottish forwards were held up again short of the Blaydon line. The ball was then recycled to the backs, with Trueman again being held up short, however No 8 Soden picked up from the resulting ruck and drove over. Brown converted to leave the half time score 3 – 28. During the first half it was clear that Blaydon were under severe pressure and that action was required if they were to halt the Scottish tidal wave that had engulfed them during the first period.

At the start of the second half, Blaydon made a number of tactical switches, which included moving their centre Rock and on field Director of Rugby to the scrum half role. Scottish continued from where they had left off from the first half and put Blaydon under constant pressure from the kick off. A number of handling errors prevented further scores by Scottish, however on 55 minutes Scottish kicked into the corner from a penalty and at the subsequent line out they caught and drove to the Blaydon line. The Scottish forwards recycled the ball with flanker Calder emerging clutching the ball after being driven over by the powerful Scottish pack. Brown converted to make the score 3 – 35. Blaydon were now playing the match on the back foot and resorted to a more robust and physical approach, which led the referee to warn a number of their players. Scottish completed the scoring on the hour mark, when Soden scored his second try of the match following a flowing move down the right which caught the Blaydon defence flat footed and Soden went in out wide. Brown missed the conversion. The Blaydon cause was done no favours when flanker Bell was yellow carded on 65 minutes for what appeared to be talking back to the referee and was dispatched to the sidelines to reflect on his indiscretion. In the closing stages of the match, Blaydon made their first forays into the Scottish 22, which should explain the dominance Scottish had exerted throughout the second half. The final score was 3 – 40 and extended the Scottish winning sequence to 15 matches.

Another big thank you to all the Scottish supporters, who either made the long trip up to the North East for two weeks running or travelled down from Scotland – much appreciated. To see you in such numbers for the second weekend in a row is much appreciated by the team. It is clear that the team is firing now on all cylinders and it was great to see the backs performing so well yesterday, especially the centre pairing of Trueman & McDougall. Scottish will make a welcomed return to home soil next weekend when Stourbridge will be the next opponents. Lookout for the mid week match preview.

The London Scottish away player of the match was awarded to Captain and centre Gary Trueman.
 

Home Team
Pen: Baggett
Away Team
Tries: MacDougall, Trueman, Bordiss, Soden (x2), Calder

Con: Brown (x5) 

Home Team
15 Yarnton, 14 Clark, 13 Rock, 12 Dias,11 McShane, 10 Baggett, 9 Mellish,

1 Kalbriaier. 2 Hall, 3 Clarke, 4 Wearmouth, 5 English, 6 Smithson, 7 Bell, 8 Vinnicombe

Replacements: Trethewey, Bentham, Archibald, Barber, Laughlin. 

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

1 Johnston, 2 Standfield, 3 McGrath, 4 Newman, 5 Palmer, 6 O Brown, 7 Calder, 8 Soden

 

Replacements: Kwasnicki, Clarke, Karonias, Walbyoff, Holgate

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