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London Scottish XV face defeat by Rosslyn Park

London Scottish XV face defeat by Rosslyn Park

A youthful London Scottish XV were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat by 55 - 17 to the Rosslyn Park 1st XV, who were playing their final pre-season game before the National League campaign begins for them next week. Scottish gave debuts to number of new players at the club and will have learned a good number of lessons in this pre-season friendly.

A youthful London Scottish XV were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat by 55 – 17 to the Rosslyn Park 1st XV, who were playing their final pre-season game before the National League campaign begins for them next week. Scottish gave debuts to number of new players at the club and will have learned a good number of lessons in this pre-season friendly.

London Scottish went into this match with a completely fresh squad, with none of the players having taken part in the match the previous night against Ayr. The opening phases of the match were evenly balance with neither side being in the ascendancy. Scottish attempted the first scoring opportunity on 20 minutes when Simon Amor kicked a drop goal, which drifted just to the right of the posts. Rosslyn Park opened the scoring when Scottish were penalised for being offside at the ruck. The Rosslyn Park fly half scored an excellent attempt from 45 metres out.

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Five minutes later Scottish opened their account when flanker Ben Lonergan took a misplaced throw by the Rosslyn Park hooker at the tail of a line out in the home sides 22m and raced through to score just to the right of the posts. Fly half Craig Ratford converted to put Scottish 3 – 7 up. Scottish increased their lead on the half hour mark when Rosslyn Park were penalised for handling the ball in the ruck. Ratford converted from 40 metres out to put Scottish 3 -10 ahead.

Unfortunately for the young Scottish side this was to be the high spot in the match, as from here on the Rosslyn Park 1st XV outfit took full control of the match. The home side scored two further trys before half time, converting one of them to put them 20 – 10 ahead at the break. The second half was an anti-climax for the Scottish side as the Rosslyn Park side totally dominated the match. Five further try's were scored in the second half by Rosslyn Park to leave the final score 55 – 17. The match was a feisty affair in patches with two Rosslyn Park and one Scottish player receiving a yellow card.

For the Scottish XV there will be many things to take from this match as they faced a Rosslyn Park side that were close to finalising pre-season preparations in advance of their first league match of the season against Blackheath. Scottish now move on to their final pre-season match away to Esher next Saturday and look out for the match preview which will appear on the website later in the week.
 

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