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London Scottish FC 55-13 Stourbridge

London Scottish FC 55-13 Stourbridge

London Scottish ran out in the end comprehensive winners 55 -13 against a young and spirited Stourbridge side, who had tested Scottish in the first period, by holding them to a 15 -13 half time score line. Scottish stepped up a few gears in the second half and ran in 40 unanswered points to close the gap at the top of the table to one point.

London Scottish ran out in the end comprehensive winners 55 -13 against a young and spirited Stourbridge side, who had tested Scottish in the first period, by holding them to a 15 -13 half time score line. Scottish stepped up a few gears in the second half and ran in 40 unanswered points to close the gap at the top of the table to one point.

Scottish kicked off towards the park end of the ground on a sunny, but crisp day. The early exchanges were dominated by the forwards and Scottish opened the scoring on 11 minutes when fly half Brown converted a penalty after Stourbridge were deemed to be off side. During the next phase of the game both sets of forwards were prominent and Stourbridge converted a penalty through fly half Surman on 20 minutes. Immediately from the kick off the Stourbridge winger was driven into touch and from the subsequent line out the Scottish backs moved the ball out wide for winger Howells to score in the corner. Brown missed the conversion leaving the score 8 -3. 

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On 28 minutes the Stourbridge centre Hayter, intercepted a wayward pass and raced 50 metres up the centre of the park to score between the posts, Surman converted to put the Midlanders 8 – 10 up. Scottish then upped their game and after a series of rolling mauls close to the Stourbridge line they were held up short. At the following scrum No 8 Soden restored the Scottish lead by driving over to touch down. Brown converted. Not to be out done, Stourbridge put the Scottish defence under pressure again and were rewarded with a penalty, which Surman scored. From the re-start, winger Piotrowski was yellow carded after taking the catcher out in mid air. The referee blew for the half time whistle, leaving the half time score 15 – 13 to Scottish.

Not quite sure what was said to the Scottish side at half time, but they certainly came out of the blocks at the start of the second half. They immediately camped on the Stourbridge line and wave upon wave of attack was repelled by the Stourbridge defence. Eventually on 46 minutes, the Stourbridge captain and flanker Cooper was penalised by the referee for deliberately knocking the ball forward and was yellow carded. Scottish opted for the scrum and No 8 Soden scored his second try after the scrum drove over the try line. Brown converted to leave the score 22 -13. The Stourbridge cause was further dented when replacement prop was yellow carded after having only been on the pitch for 2 minutes. Scottish began to exert further and further pressure on the Stourbridge defence and after 58 minutes the referee awarded Scottish a penalty try after persistent penalties by the Stourbridge defence on their own line. Brown converted leaving the score 29 – 13.

By this stage in the match the Scottish side was in rampaging form and was working the ball well between the backs and forwards. On 62 minutes winger Howells scored his second try of the match when he touched down out wide, Brown missed the conversion. Three minutes later, Howells completed his hattrick when he made a brilliant solo run down the left completely leaving the Stourbridge defence flat footed. Brown converted to put Scottish 41 – 13 up. Scottish was now on scintillating form and the Scottish forwards were not to be out done and on 75 minutes, replacement hooker Standfield crashed over out wide after a turn over ball. Brown converted a difficult kick to leave Scottish 46 – 13. In the closing stages of the match Scottish scored their best try of the match. Brown delicately chipped over the advancing Stourbridge defence and full back Bordiss caught the ball as he ran through, side stepping the advancing Stourbridge full back to score between the posts. Brown converted to leave the final score 55 – 13.

A comprehensive victory at the end of the day, against a Stourbridge side that pushed the Scottish side all the way in the first half. Full credit to the Stourbridge side and no doubt the younger players in their side will have learned from the experience. Scottish maintained their winning sequence, which now stands at 16 matches and now move on to their next match away at Sedgley Tigers on Saturday. With Barking winning their away match at Coventry with the last kick of the match, their lead has now been reduced to one point at the top of the table and with 11 matches of the season still to be played, everything is still up for grabs. Keep a lookout for the match preview for Sedgley Tigers match.

After the match, David Howells was awarded the First Cape Man of the Match. 
 

 

Home Team
Tries: Howells x3, Soden x2, Bordiss, Standfield, Penalty Try

Pen: J Brown

Con: J Brown x 5

Away Team
Try: Hayter

Pen: Surman x2

Con: Surman

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

1 Johnson, 2 Kwasnicki, 3 McGrath, 4 Newman, 5 J Brown, 6 O Brown, 7 Calder, 8 Soden

 

Replacements: 17 Standfield, 16 Clarke, 18 Palmer, 19 Lipp, 20 Walbyoff

Away Team
15 Hearn, 14 Baker, 13 Jarvis, 12 Hayter, 11 Smith, 10 Surman, 9 Richardson

1 Moss, 2 Wordley, 3 Lawrence, 4 Thomas, 5 Betts, 6 Cooper (c), 7 Rodley, 8 Sparks

Replacements: 16 Silver, 17 Freeman, 18 Baker, 19 Page, 20 Dipple

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