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Mark Soden picks up First Cape Man of the Match as Scottish secure first win of the season.

Mark Soden picks up First Cape Man of the Match as Scottish secure first win of the season.

Following a slow start to the season, London Scottish recorded their first win at the weekend following a Man of the Match try scoring performance from Scottish number 8 Mark Soden. The win sees Simon Amor's men move up four places in the league and demonstrate to the home support the potential within the side.

Following a slow start to the season, London Scottish recorded their first win at the weekend following a Man of the Match try scoring performance from Scottish number 8 Mark Soden. The win sees Simon Amor’s men move up four places in the league and demonstrate to the home support the potential within the side.

Scottish started the game on the front foot, demonstrating the intent and conviction needed to take the challenge to fellow league strugglers Redruth. The game was only five minutes old before some standoff tackling by Redruth allowed Soden, from the side of the scrum on the 22, to make a break for a gap and power his way under the sticks. James Brown continued his fine form with the boot to take the score to 7-0 with much still to play for.

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As the game ebbed and flowed, both sides were awarded penalties within quick succession, neither of which were in easy positions, but converted none the less to take the score to 10 – 3 after 10 minutes. Scottish seemed in no mood to let up on the pressure applied to the visiting side, and were rewarded following some clever back line play as Stephen Hihetah came in off his flank to stretch the defence to breaking point, with Holgate on hand to gratefully accept the gift and sprint in at the corner for a converted try.

With the game poised at 17-3, Scottish looked like they were capable of scoring more, but a dogged display from the Redruth forwards during the second period of the half, ensured they went in at half-time with all still to play for. Passing up two easy penalties Redruth were finally rewarded when from a five metre scrum, scrum-half Nick Simmons was on hand to dive over for a try that Penberthy converted 2 minutes before the break.
 

As the teams came out for the second half, it would appear from the early exchanges that Scottish where more than up for the challenge, dominating position and territory as they looked to close out the game on the visitors. On 50 minutes, a marauding Gary Trueman broke to stretch the Exiles lead before that man Soden came up smiling again after the Scottish scrum smashed its way over the line with 20 minutes to go for another score.

With a lead of 17 points, Simon Amor made a number of changes as he looked to maintain the home side’s momentum during the final period of the game. Having only been on the pitch for eight minutes, good hands sent in replacement Alex Karonias to stretch the lead to 34-10 following another successful conversion from Brown. With the game now all but secured, Redruth’s Stephen Kenward crossed for a consolation try in the dying minutes of the game to leave the final score 34-15.
 

Home Team
Soden (4, 50)

Holgate (21)

Trueman (50)

Karonias (68)

Away Team
Simmons (37)

Kenward (75)

Home Team
Bordiss, Hihetah, McInroy, Trueman, Holgate, James Brown, Page, Johnston, Standfield, McGrath, Newman, Josh Brown, Lipp, Lonergan, Soden

Replacements: Clarke, Fahey, Karonias, Grant, Damant

Away Team
Nowell, Vinnicombe, Thirby, Pedley, Bowden, Penberthy, Simmons, Jaques, Brown, Joyce, Cook, Collins, Duncan, Hanbly, Bright

Replacements: Rule, Gidlow, Fuca, Morcom, Kenward

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