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Scottish Dig Deep in Cornwall

Scottish Dig Deep in Cornwall

When the review of the 2010/11 season is written, the impressive London Scottish 21 - 15 victory over Redruth in Cornwall yesterday should feature highly. Scottish displayed bags of resilience in defence in the last quarter of the match which was of the highest quality, as the Reds laid siege on the Scottish line. The defence held firm on many occasions, despite playing with 13 players for 15 mins in the closing stages of the match.

When the review of the 2010/11 season is written, the impressive London Scottish 21 – 15 victory over Redruth in Cornwall yesterday should feature highly. Scottish displayed bags of resilience in defence in the last quarter of the match which was of the highest quality, as the Reds laid siege on the Scottish line. The defence held firm on many occasions, despite playing with 13 players for 15 mins in the closing stages of the match.

On a grey overcast day with a strong wind behind their backs, Redruth kicked off. It was clear from the start that the wind would influence the game considerably and Scottish clearly opted to play a forwards orientated game on a very heavy pitch in the first half. Redruth opened the scoring on 5 mins when their full back Thirlby crashed over out wide, following some good forwards play. Fly half Penberthy missed the conversion. Shortly after the Reds scored the Scottish full back Bordiss made a searing 35 metre up field run. The Scottish forwards took the game by the scruff of the neck and put the Reds forwards under the cosh with various rolling mauls and on one occasion drove the Reds forwards forty metres back up the field.

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Scottish opened their account on 22 mins, following a lineout 10 metre’s short of the Reds line. A catch and forwards drive finally saw flanker Calder being driven over. Fly half Brown converted to put Scottish 7 – 5 up. Scottish backed up this score 5 mins later when they again put the Reds forwards under pressure and the Scottish No 8 Lipp drove over under the posts. Brown adding the extras to put Scottish 14 – 5 up. On 38 mins Penberthy missed with a drop goal attempt for the Reds. Scottish played the first half weather conditions excellently and contained the Reds throughout this period.

Scottish came out of the blocks at the start of the second half and Lipp scored his second try of the match. The try came as result of a good backs move to the left, followed by a switch infield. The forwards then drove up the middle of the park and were held up 5 metres short. Lipp picked up from the base of the subsequent scrum to drive over close to the posts, with Brown converting to put Scottish 21 – 5 up after 44 mins. Things were now looking ominous for the Reds, but from this point on they came more and more into the game. The Reds forwards started to exert pressure on the Scots defence and Calder was yellow carded for persistent infringements. Interestingly, Calder turned out for Redruth in the corresponding fixture last season, when he was on loan at the Reds from Exeter and was also yellow carded in this match. Not sure if this is some sort of record, but certainly one for the sport quiz experts. The Reds now had their tails up and were putting the Scottish defence under more and more pressure and were eventually rewarded with a penalty try on 69 mins, with Penberthy converting leaving the score 21 – 15. On 72 mins Lipp was the second Scottish player to be yellow carded and the Reds upped things, roared on by the home crowd. Wave after wave of Reds attacks were repelled. Calder returned shortly before the 80 mins were up, but another Scottish player McGrath was yellowed card shortly before the referee blew the final whistle leaving the final score 21 – 15.

Another hard won victory by Scottish on the road which now extends their winning sequence to 12 victories. Scottish return to the RAA next weekend, when Otley are the visitors who will be buoyed up by recording their first victory since the 16th of October, against Blackheath yesterday.

The London Scottish Away supporters Man of the Match award was Willie Lipp.
 

Home Team
Tries: P Thirlby (5), Penalty Try (69)

Con: A Penberthy

Pen: A Penberthy

Away Team
Tries: L Calder (22), W Lipp x2 (27 and 44)

Con: Brown x1

Pen: N/A 

Home Team
15 A Thirlby, 14 S Hawkey, 13 S Parsons, 12 N Pedley, 11 M Bowden, 10 A Penberthy, 9 M Richards

1 D Jaques, 2 R Brown, 3 P Joyce, 4 D Cook, 5 L Collins, 6 C Fuca, 7 S Wood, 8 M Bright (c)

Away Team
15 J Bordiss, 14 T Holgate, 13 B MacDougal, 12 G Trueman (c), 11 D Howells, 10 J Brown, 9 S Amor

1 T Standfield, 2 A Clarke, 3 A Fahey, 4 A Newman, 5 J Brown, 6 B Lonnergan, 7 L Calder, 8 W Lipp

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