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Forward domination gives London Scottish the win

Forward domination gives London Scottish the win

Going into this game with three consecutive bonus point wins, you could forgive the reaction of some Stourbridge supporters who were expecting an open, running game. Lead by a dominant pack, London Scottish made it four wins in a row with a score of 9 - 17, denying the home side the opportunity to cross the try-line in the process.

Going into this game with three consecutive bonus point wins, you could forgive the reaction of some Stourbridge supporters who were expecting an open, running game. Lead by a dominant pack, London Scottish made it four wins in a row with a score of 9 – 17, denying the home side the opportunity to cross the try-line in the process.

The tone of the game was set from the off. With Stourbridge conceding a penalty inside the opening three minutes, Scottish took the opportunity to kick to the corner and give their forwards an early platform to launch from. An accurate line-out from Tom Standfield lead to a solid take and strong forward platform. Following up, the Scottish hooker collected the ball from the back of the maul to drive over near the posts and set the visitors up with the best possible start. Up stepped Lee Cholewa, MOTM from the previous week following an injury time drop-goal, to make no mistake of this straight forward conversion to give his side a 7-0 lead.

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However Scottish weren’t to have it all their own way in the early exchanges. Conceding a penalty on five minutes, Stourbridge were back into contention at 3 – 7 and very nearly took the lead a few moments later, except for a handling error by open-side flanker James Rodley with the try-line in sit.

With Stourbridge fly-half Cameron Brown slotting home a second penalty on 18 minutes, the home team were beginning to show some dogged determination and let the visiting side know they were not in for an easy ride. The clear physical advantage up-front was however beginning to show for Scottish, enabling Simon Amor’s team to find space and introduce a back-line capable of capitalising on even the smallest chance. As was the case with David Howells coming agonisingly close to scoring where it not for a last ditch tackle from Tom Jarvis only ten meters short of the line.
 

Phase after phase, the Scottish forwards looked for a way through the sturdy Stourbridge defence. This pressure would finally count as prop Alex Clarke dived over from close range for the visitors second of the day. With Cholewa making no mistake of the conversion, Simon Amor’s team went in at half-time 14-6 to the good.
The second half proved to be as much of a battle as the first, with both sides looking for the vital break that would provide them with some much needed momentum. Stourbridge were close to striking first as outside centre Tom Jarvis touchdown for a try only to be pulled back for a forward pass in the build-up.
 

A long distance penalty from Brown ten minutes into the half edged Stourbridge to within touching distance of Scottish, but the building pressure was met with some resolute defending as the home side where kept at bay. With 20 minutes left of the clock, Stourbridge where handed one last opportunity to break the Scottish defence as scrum-half Owain Walbyoff was sent to the sin bin. Despite the man advantage, the home side could not find a way through as tackle after tackle denied them any opportunity to gain the momentum needed to break through the Scottish wall. With time quickly running out, Lee Cholewa stepped up to convert a penalty which gave his side a 9-17 lead and with it the victory.
 

London Scottish have now won their last 4 games, showing an ability to adapt to all situations and prove themselves to be real challengers for the top spot come the end of the season. This weekend, Simon Amor and his team play host to Sedgley Park a side who has struggled with form lately, but who are capable of beating anyone on their day. If the last home game is anything to go by then you will not want to miss this one. Tickets are on sale now – don’t forget – you can pick up great savings if you buy online.
 

Home Team
Brown (3P)
Away Team
Standfield (5); Clarke (36); Cholewa (1P, 2C)
Home Team
Stourbridge: Delport, Frewin, Jarvis, Hayter, Bressington, Brown, Frost, Davis, Wordley, Pickard, Hughes, Betts, Cooper R, Rodley, Kvesic.

Replacements: Richardson, Cooper W, Page, Baker, Dipple

Away Team
London Scottish: Bordiss, Holgate, MacDougall, McInroy, Howells, Cholewa, Walbyoff, Clarke, Standfield, Fahey, Karonias, Brown, Lipp, Lonergan, Soden.

Replacements: Kwasnicki, Johnston, Newman, Page, Peel.
 

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