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Rosslyn Park vs. London Scottish Match Report

Rosslyn Park vs. London Scottish Match Report

Going into the third game of the 2010/11 season and the first away from home, Scottish where looking to write some of the wrongs of the two previous outings and record their first victory of the new campaign. Rosslyn Park, however, proved too strong an opponent and ran out 37-16 winners. A group of away supporters lead by David Plastow awarded Lee Cholewa Away Game Man of the Match.

Going into the third game of the 2010/11 season and the first away from home, Scottish where looking to write some of the wrongs of the two previous outings and record their first victory of the new campaign. Rosslyn Park, however, proved too strong an opponent and ran out 37-16 winners. A group of away supporters lead by David Plastow awarded Lee Cholewa Away Game Man of the Match.

The game started promisingly for Simon Amor’s team, with Scottish in the ascendancy and taking the game to the home team. This early pressure was telling as Rosslyn Park conceded a penalty after three minutes. Lee Cholewa stepped up and held his nerve to reward Scottish for their early endeavors and put the games first points on the board. The early pressure from Scottish continued, with the host defending well and attacking where possible. The early exchanges carried a high tempo and showed that each side wanted to walk away from the game with maximum points.

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On 11 minutes it was Rosslyn Park’s turn to get on the score sheet, but with the penalty missed the score remained 3-0 to Scottish. Further exchanges where had across the field as Rosslyn Park looked to get back into the game, it would however be Scottish that were presented with the next scoring opportunity following some more sloppy play from Park. From the 10 metre line, Cholewa made sure to make it two from two and extended the visitors lead to 6-0.
 

Rosslyn Park where by now beginning to force their way into the game, demonstrating the ability to use forward strength with the flair of the backs to produce some incisive play. With Scottish on the back foot, the away side conceded their third penalty of the day. As the pressure mounted on the kicker, he was unable to convert the much needed points and Scottish hung on to the lead by the smallest of margins. The visitors found themselves having to defend even deeper against the onslaught of Rosslyn Park, and, following another period of sustained pressure, Scottish second-row forward Peter Elder was deemed to have committed an offence and found himself sent to the sin bin. Rosslyn park where to miss the follow up penalty, but would soon make the pressure tell.
 

With ball in hand, the Rosslyn Park forwards proceeded to pick and drive to the line before some incisive handling from the back’s lead to Prop Nick Huggett going over. With the four missed kicks still fresh in his mind, Richard Davies stepped up to make it one from five and give Rosslyn Park a slim 7-6 lead with 13 minutes left of the half.
 

With Scottish down to 14 men, Rosslyn Park where soon on the score sheet again following a clever run and chip from Ollie Lyndsey-Hague that allowed Centre Charlie Gower to outpace the defence and touch down for a 12-7 lead that was not converted. Just as Scottish found themselves back to full strength and trying to find a way back into the game, Rosslyn Park flanker Joe Burton touched down in the corner for a 17-6 lead. Having missed the conversation, Davies made sure of the next opportunity he had and converted a penalty awarded 2 minutes later and handed Rosslyn Park a 20-6 lead.
 

With seconds left of the first half, Scottish where awarded another penalty to take the game within two scores. Cholewa stepped up and continued his impressive kicking form to the make the scores 20-9 at half-time with all to play for in the second half.
 

Just as they had in the first, Scottish started the second half in the ascendancy with telling early pressure. It would however fall to Park to take the first points of the half, with Davies this time making no mistakes from a long range penalty to give his side a 23-9 lead.

With a 14 point gap Scottish had all to play for and dually delivered in a period of ferocious forward power that saw Lock Andrew Newman drive over from close range. Cholwea followed with the conversion and Scottish where now back in it 23-16.
 

The forwards continued to dominate up front, defending a scrum against the head in front of the post. With the home side conceding a penalty enabling Scottish to clear their lines, Charlie Gower set up a 3 man overlap to allow Chris Lewis to score his first try of the game despite the fine forward display. Davies was able to convert the points leaving Scottish trailing 30-16.
 

With an injury to Sam Harding and having used all of the replacements, Scottish had to finish the game back down to 14 men. The extra man provided Park with the crucial advantage that saw Davies making a break to send in Steve Pape for the try and Davies converting for 37-16. With the clock running down Rosslyn Park where again on the offensive but where denied a final try for a forward pass. The game finished 37-16 and left Simon Amor and his team still searching for the elusive first win of the season. At times both sides look capable of winning the game but Rosslyn Park proved too tough a challenge on the day.
 

Scottish now look ahead to this weekend and welcome fellow early season strugglers Redruth to the Richmond Athletic Ground. With both sides in need of the win your support will be vital. To secure your place and cheer on London Scottish call the ticket office on 0208 940 7156 or click here and save money if you buy online.
 

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Harding. S
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Pape. S, Lewis. C, Gower. C, Huggett. N, Burton. J
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