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Late Howells Try Secures Bonus Point Victory Over Coventry

Late Howells Try Secures Bonus Point Victory Over Coventry

On the day that Scotland recorded an historic victory over the World Champions South Africa, London Scottish maintained the pressure on the leading National League 1 contenders with a hard fought victory against a good Coventry side who were making their first visit to the RAA since the 1997/98 season - winning 30 - 15

On the day that Scotland recorded an historic victory over the World Champions South Africa, London Scottish maintained the pressure on the leading National League 1 contenders with a hard fought victory against a good Coventry side who were making their first visit to the RAA since the 1997/98 season – winning 30 – 15

Coventry kicked off with a slight wind behind them, however Scottish quickly worked the ball to the opposition through good forwards play. Scottish took the lead on the third minute, following a cross kick by fly half Brown and good inter play by the backs, which allowed scrum half JP O'Reilly to score. Brown converted with a good kick from out wide. From the re-start, Coventry kicked the ball straight out of play and at the resulting scrum, Coventry were penalised for deliberately collapsing. Scottish kicked into the corner and at the line out they caught and drove over with a tremendous forwards effort and flanker Calder emerging as the try scorer. Brown missed the conversion.

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On the 17th minute Scottish conceded a penalty on the 22 metre line, which the Coventry kicker Audis missed by pushing it wide. Coventry got themselves back into the match on 24th minutes with a try through centre McDonald, which Audis duly converted. Scottish then upped their game and put the Coventry defence under strong pressure with Brown putting over a good drop goal after the backs created the space in front of the posts.

After the 35th minute the Scottish full back Bordiss made a searing run of some 50 metres through weak Coventry tackling and took the ball well into the Coventry half. There was then some great inter play by the Scottish backs which resulted in a good off load by Scottish centre Trueman, allowing winger Holgate to score between the posts to give Scottish a 22 – 7 lead. Coventry scored through prop Warren shortly before half time, to reduce the deficit to 22 – 12.

The early stages of the second half were played through both sets of forwards. Coventry were awarded a penalty on the 47th minute, which Audis converted. Brown converted a penalty on 72nd minute after Coventry were adjudged to have been off side at a ruck 5 metres short of their own line. Scottish finished their second consecutive match with 14 players after a yellow carding on the 79th minute. Even being down to 14 players Scottish stepped up another gear and after continuos pressure on the Coventry line by the Scottish forwards, the ball was released to the backs, who slickly passed it onto substitute winger Howells to score in the corner. Brown missed the conversion at which point the referee called time.

This represents a ninth consecutive victory for Scottish, however the final score line of 30 – 15, did not reflect the challenge presented by the Coventry team on the day. Scottish now move on to the North East next weekend, where the improving Blaydon awaits.

Home Team
O'Reilly (3); Calder (7); Holgate (34); Howells (83); Brown (C2, P1, DG1)
Away Team
McDonald (24); Warren (40); Audis (C1, P1)
Home Team
Bordiss, Holgate, Peel, Trueman, Piotrowski, Brown, O'Reilly, Clarke, Kwasnicki, Corsi, Karonias, Brown, Lipp, Calder, Soden

Replacements: Standfield, Kent, Yellowlees, Walbyoff, Howells
 

Away Team
Walls, Haile, McDonald, Stevens, Harris, Read, Audis, Warren, Price, Kent, Herrington, Southern, Daynes, Nash, Pearson

Replacement: Agar, Beales, Weaver, McGrory, Russell

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