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London Scottish secure their unbeaten record for October

London Scottish secure their unbeaten record for October

If recent form was anything to go by then Scottish were clear favourites going into this game, but as we have seen each weekend this season, any team in this league can beat the other on their day. This game proved no different as London Scottish came away with a narrow victory against Cinderford in a match that more than lived up to expectations.

If recent form was anything to go by then Scottish were clear favourites going into this game, but as we have seen each weekend this season, any team in this league can beat the other on their day. This game proved no different as London Scottish came away with a narrow victory against Cinderford in a match that more than lived up to expectations.

During the early exchanges, Scottish played true to form and created some excellent opportunities. The visitors did not have to wait long to get on the score sheet and were quickly ahead when from a well executed lineout catch and drive, openside flanker Lewis Calder touched down for a try which went unconverted.

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Play went from end to end but Scottish extended their lead and dominance on the game after 15 minutes when from another lineout, scrum half Alex Page was credited with the try, which again went unconverted. Despite being two scores down, the home side rallied together and created a good spell of pressure near the Scottish try line. Contesting the contact area ferociously, both sides were laying their bodies on the line. Pressure continued to build and Scottish were finally penalised, giving Cinderford a kickable chance at goal. Mark Davies was on target to make it 3-10 after 25 minutes play.

The remainder of the first half saw both defences well tested as each side looked to make a final impression on the half. Each side defended well and the score remained unchanged up to the half time whistle.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first as the Scottish forwards again had a decisive influence on the outcome of the game. Drive after drive was created by the pack, pushing the home side back and defending on the back foot. Close to the line, hooker Tom Standfield charged over from close range with James Brown adding the conversion. Less than 10 minutes later the game appeared to be all but over as prop Alex Clarke added the all important fourth try, rounding off an impressive try scoring display from the London Scottish forwards. Far from dropping their heads, the home side rallied again, striking back straight away through the Cinderford hooker Sam Wilkes, who went over from another lineout catch and drive.

The home side then laid siege to the Scottish line and were rewarded when a long pass from Davies found Dan Trigg and he put winger Matt Betty away for a try in the corner which Davies converted from the touchline. A few minutes later Brown put over a penalty to ease his team’s nerves and give them a crucial 10 point cushion. However, the home side were not defeated and proved they had the desire to take the game to the final whistle. Finishing strongly, they gained themselves a losing bonus point with the last play of the match through Davies, diving over a ruck to score a try which he also converted.
 

Home Team
Wilkes (58); Betty (71); Davies (80) 2C, 1P
Away Team
Calder (1); Page (15); Standfield (43); Clarke (52); James 1C, 1P
Home Team
Trigg, Betty, Edwards, Boston, Palm, Davies, Brown, Price, Wilkes, Price, King, Jones, McKee, Allen, Evans

Replacements: Brookes, Fortey, Carter, Langham, Codlin
 

Away Team
Bordiss, Holgate, MacDougall, McInroy, Howells, Brown, Page, Clarke, Kwasnicki, Fahey, Karonias, Brown, Lipp, Calder, Soden

Replacements: Standfield, Graham, Newman, O'Reilly, Peel
 

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