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London Scottish FC 34 – 23 Rosslyn Park

London Scottish FC 34 – 23 Rosslyn Park

London Scottish move up to second in the league with a workman like 34 - 23 victory over their local rivals Rosslyn Park in a fiercely physical contest in front of a large home crowd close to 2000. This victory avenged the defeat that Park inflicted on Scottish earlier in the season, and is the 11th successive victory for the Scots.

London Scottish move up to second in the league with a workman like 34 – 23 victory over their local rivals Rosslyn Park in a fiercely physical contest in front of a large home crowd close to 2000. This victory avenged the defeat that Park inflicted on Scottish earlier in the season, and is the 11th successive victory for the Scots.

Scottish kicked off playing towards the Richmond end of the ground on a cold crisp day with the sun in their faces. The very early stages of the match saw Scottish camped in the Park half and Scottish were awarded a penalty following a scrum infringement by Park, where fly half Brown coolly stroked over the kick to put the home side up 3 – 0. Scottish then upped their game and after 10 minutes following a very good backs move, which involved a missed pass, winger Howells score his eighth try of season close to the corner flag. Brown missed the conversion. After 14 minutes, Park reduced the deficit when fly half Laidlaw scored with a penalty from just outside the 22m, however Scottish increased the lead to 11 – 3 on 19 minutes when Brown scored with a long range penalty. Park came back into the match with a good try through winger Rudd, following a forwards drive up the middle of the pitch. Laidlaw missed the conversion. After 25 minutes there were a number of off the ball incidents by Park players, which resulted in what a famous rugby commentator once described as "argy bargy" and the referee spoke with both captains to cool it. Scottish was awarded a penalty which Brown duly converted. The referee's warning obviously had no effect on the Park players and their hooker Gotting was red carded for violent play shortly before half time. Scottish scored another penalty to go in 20 – 8 at half time.

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The second half started with both sets of forwards exchanging drives into each other’s half. Park was first to score, following a kick into the Scottish 22. At the subsequent lineout, the Park forwards caught and drove with a rolling maul and the Park captain & No 8 Lock scored. Laidlaw converted to reduce the deficit to 20- 15. Scottish once more raised their game and the forwards dominated their opponents completely with Park giving away an increasing number of penalties due to this pressure. On the hour mark Scottish scored their second try of the match with replacement 2nd row Newman going over to put the home side 27 – 15 up. Brown missed the conversion. On the 65th minute, Scottish were penalised for going offside and Laidlaw converted. As the match moved into the closing stages, the Scottish dominance was further emphasised when Scottish were awarded a penalty try after a number of consecutive Park penalties under their posts. Brown converted to make the score 34 -18. All credit to Park, who scored a consolation try just before the final whistle through winger Strong, leaving the final score 34 -23.

This victory sees Scottish move into second place in the league, their highest place so far. With Barking the league leaders, recording a good victory away at Cambridge yesterday, Scottish continue their relentless pursuit of the league leaders next weekend, with a very tough away match in Cornwall at Redruth. They don't come much tougher than an away trip to deepest Cornwall, however Scottish will be determined to continue with their winning streak. Watch out for the Redruth match preview later in the week.

Home Team
Tries: Howells, Newman and a Penalty Try

 

Penalties: Brown (5)

Conversions: Brown (2)

Away Team
Tries: Rudd, Lock and Strong

 

 

Penalties: Laidlaw (2)

Conversions: Laidlaw 

Home Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Holgate, 13 MacDougall, 12 Trueman (c), 11 Howells, 10 Brown, 9 Amor

1 Clarke, 2 Standfield, 3 Fahey, 18 Karonias, 5 Brown, 6 Lonergan, 7 Calder, 8 Lipp

 

Replacements: 16 Kwasnicki, 17 Johnson, 18 McGrath, 4 Newman, 20 Walbyoff 

Away Team
15 Edwards, 14 Strong, 13 Gower, 12 Lewis, 11 Rudd, 10 Laidlaw, 9 Baxter

 

1 Huggett, 2 Gotting, 3 Williams, 4 Quigley, 5 Pape, 6 Gates, 7 Barrett, 8 Lock (c)

 

Replacements: 16 Palma-Newton, 17 Millard, 18 Rowlands, 19 Holmes, 20 Pedder

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