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Scottish Kill Off Coventry Fightback – Coventry 27 – 39 London Scottish

Scottish Kill Off Coventry Fightback – Coventry 27 – 39 London Scottish

They say that the true sign of a Champion is a side that whilst not on top form can dig deep and kill off games at the slightest opportunity. London Scottish certainly performed this feat by winning this game 27 - 39 in a highly entertaining match against a Coventry side, who played especially well in the forwards. David Howells recorded his third hat-trick of the season to take his total to twenty tries.

They say that the true sign of a Champion is a side that whilst not on top form can dig deep and kill off games at the slightest opportunity. London Scottish certainly performed this feat by winning this game 27 – 39 in a highly entertaining match against a Coventry side, who played especially well in the forwards. David Howells recorded his third hat-trick of the season to take his total to twenty tries.

Coventry kicked off on a bright spring, but windy day in front of a large and passionate home crowd. Scottish opened their account after 3 minutes when winger Howells pounced on a dropped pass by the Coventry backs deep in their 22 metres and raced away to score. Fly half Ratford missed the conversion. Scottish doubled their score 5 minutes later following a series of rucks in the Coventry 22 metres. No 8 Soden picked the ball up and broke through the Coventry defence, off loaded to scrum half Amor who passed out to centre Trueman to score. Ratford converted. Scottish scored their third try of the match on 14 minutes when following excellent backs play the ball was moved quickly through the hands out to Howells who scored out wide. Ratford converted a difficult kick to put Scottish in a commanding 0 – 19 lead.

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Things were looking ominous for the home side, however they upped their game in the forwards and began to dominate play. The Coventry side pressed into the Scottish 22 metres and following a series of penalties against Scottish, Coventry opened their account on the 18 minute mark. A kick to the corner was followed by a catch and drive towards the Scottish line, which resulted in prop Parkins emerging with the ball to score. Full back Richards missed the conversion. Shortly afterwards full back Bordiss made a searing run down the Scottish left wing and was only prevented from scoring by putting his foot in touch. Scottish was reduced to 14 players after 26 minutes when prop Standfield was yellow carded. With Scottish being down to 7 forwards it spurred on the Coventry team. In the following phases of play the Coventry forwards and backs moved the ball through hands down the left hand side of the pitch and the ball eventually reached winger Harris, who broke through to score out wide. The Coventry side began to pound the Scottish try line, but the resolute defence held firm to leave the half time score 10 – 19

Coventry came out like a runaway train at the start of the second half. They immediately reduced the arrears further when a kick through by centre Stevens was fumbled by the Scottish backs and the ball was picked up by winger Gregson who touched down beneath the posts. Richards converted. Scottish were penalised deep inside their 22 metre for a player not rolling away. Richards converted the penalty to put Coventry 20 – 19 in front. This setback seemed to kick Scottish into action and on 57 minutes the forwards drove into the Coventry 22 metres and were held up immediately beneath the posts. Two collapsed scrums led to a ruck and Amor picked up and dived over to score the bonus point try. Ratford converted. On the hour mark, Scottish scored their fifth try of the match when the backs passed the ball through hands for Trueman to break the line and off load to centre McDougall to score. Ratford missed the conversion to leave the score 20 – 31.

Coventry was not to be out done and five minutes later Scottish were penalised for not rolling away. They kicked into the corner and at the line out Coventry caught and drove forward. The ball was passed through the forwards for flanker Pearson to score beneath the posts. Richards converted 27 – 31. Scottish then began to exert pressure on the Coventry defence and the ball was passed back to Ratford who slotted over a very good drop goal. As the match moved to its conclusion, Scottish scored the best try of the match. The Scottish backs passed the ball between themselves, with the point of attack being changed. Eventually the ball was moved through hands to Bordiss on the overlap, who raced towards the line and was tackled just short of the Coventry try line, however he remarkably passed the ball behind his back to Howells to score his third try of the match out wide. Ratford missed the conversion to leave the final score 27 – 39.

Another hard fought victory for Scottish which maintained their winning sequence. Coventry was clearly up for this match and for a number of periods of the game matched Scottish. Resolute defence by Scottish when they were down to 14 players was the catalyst for this victory. The bonus point victory ensured that Scottish remain top of the table and lessons will have been learned by the coaching staff and players alike from this game, as the club moves on to next Saturday when they host Blaydon from the North East. Look out for the match preview which will appear on the website later in the week.

Adam Kwasnicki was awarded the away supporters Man of the Match award.
 

Home Team
Tries: Pearson, Gregson, Harris, Daynes

Con: Richards x 2

Pen: Richards

Away Team
Tries: Howells x3, MacDougall, Amor, Trueman

Con: Ratford x 3

DG: Ratford 

Home Team
15 Richards, 14 Gregson, 13 Stevens, 12 Green, 11 Harris, 10 Russell, 9 Audis

1 Beales, 2 Price, 3 Parkins, 4 Daynes, 5 Weaver, 6 Tibbatts, 7 Nash, 8 Pearson

Replacements: Herrington, Read, Glynn, Kent, Warren

Away Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Hihetah, 13 MacDougall, 12 Trueman, 11 Howells, 10 Ratford, 9 Amor

1 Clarke, 2 Kwasnicki, 3 Standfield, 4 Newman, 5 J Brown, 6 Lipp, 7 Calder, 8 Soden

Replacements: Fahey, Kent, Karonias, O Brown, Walbyoff

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