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Howells hat-trick makes it seventh heaven for Scottish

Howells hat-trick makes it seventh heaven for Scottish

On a day when the England back-line where finding it hard to score much needed try's, down the road in Richmond, David Howells was putting on a master class of attacking wing play. With his side running in a total of six tries, the resulting win secured a seven game unbeaten run that has well and truly made up for the slow start to the season.

On a day when the England back-line where finding it hard to score much needed try’s, down the road in Richmond, David Howells was putting on a master class of attacking wing play. With his side running in a total of six tries, the resulting win secured a seven game unbeaten run that has well and truly made up for the slow start to the season.

From the kick-off, two of the leagues form sides showed real intent and desire to maintain their current winning records. It fell to the visitors to make the first breakthrough, with Robbie Hurrell rampaging through the Scottish defence leaving Jaco du Toit to finish under the posts. Tom Wheatcroft converted the try to give Cambridge the upper hand. Despite Cambridge maintaining the early pressure, just two minutes later Howells opened his account with the aid of some clever back movement, which James Brown dually converting. With the scores now level, the game hung on a knife edge waiting for the next break to happen. That break came in the shape of David Howells, who, on 14 minutes intercepted a pass inside his half and sprinted all the way to score.

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With Scottish now in the ascendancy, they where momentarily halted as flanker Ben Lonergan was shown a yellow card. Down to 14 men, Scottish remained on the front foot as Brown, unable to convert the earlier try, made up for it with a well taken penalty 35 metres out to give Scottish a 15-7 lead. It was a credit to the hard working Scottish defence that Cambridge were only able to add three points to their tally with the man advantage, which came through a Wheatcroft penalty on 24 minutes. Scottish, restored to full strength, hit back a minute later through Howells third try of the day to give themselves a 10 point lead with little under 15 minutes of the half remaining. The one way traffic didn’t end there as the Scottish forwards and backs combined superbly from their own half. The result was Alex Clarke emerging from a pile of players having touched down.
 

Just as they had done at the beginning of the game, the visitors looked to take the early initiative, following what would have been a stern word from their coaches at half time. With the Cambridge forwards starting to create gaps in the Scottish defence, Wheatcroft made a nice break and passed to Oli Watson who ran home with Wheatcroft converting. The 20 minutes that followed proved to be a stall mate between two of the league’s most high scoring sides, as each side looked to make a number of substitutions and freshen up their teams.
 

With little over 15 minutes of play left on the clock, Scottish won a penalty and opted to kick for touch. Capping off another fine forwards performance, the solid catch at the lineout gave substitute Mark Soden the chance to drive over. Despite the missed conversion, the home side now had a two score cushion, with the feeling amongst supporters that the game was almost over. As the clock showed 80, the London Scottish faithful were given one more chance to celebrate as John Bordiss grabbed a loose ball on halfway, ran through the initial defence, setting up the forward drive and as the ball was recycled, collected the pass and sped past three defenders to score which Brown converted. With that kick came the final whistle and a well deserved 37-17 win for London Scottish.
 

Following the game, Head Coach Simon Amor had nothing but praise for his winning side “I am delighted with the boys performance; Cambridge are a great attacking side, probably the best in the division. We did well to hold them to just two tries. We had a tremendous spell in the second quarter and our defence was good. I think we mixed it up well today.”
 

Home Team
Howells (5, 12, 25); Clarke (33); Soden (67); Bordiss (82); Brown (2C, 1P)
 
Away Team
Du Toit (3); Watson (44); Wheatcroft (2C, 1P)
Home Team
Bordiss, Holgate, MacDougall, McInroy, Howells, Brown, Page, Clarke, Standfield, Fahey, Newman, Brown, Lonergan, Calder, Lipp

Replacements: Kwasnicki, Johnston, Karonias, Soden, O'Reilly

Away Team
Robinson, Du Toit, Knight, Ellis, Ayrton, Wheatcroft, Spencer, Brown, Pearl, Cooper, Ascroft-Leigh, Hurrell, Edson, Watson, McComb.

Replacements: Hunter, George, Martin, Chennell, Dodge

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