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Scottish Red Lions Maul the Sedgley Tigers – Sedgley Tigers 5 – 41 London Scottish

Scottish Red Lions Maul the Sedgley Tigers – Sedgley Tigers 5 – 41 London Scottish

London Scottish turned in another comprehensive performance and carried out a smash and grab of all five points on offer at Park Lane yesterday winning the match 5 - 41, in conditions which at times were reminiscent of a mud bath. David Howells also bagged his second consecutive hattrick that ensured Scottish drew level on points with the league leaders Barking going into the final third of the season.

London Scottish turned in another comprehensive performance and carried out a smash and grab of all five points on offer at Park Lane yesterday winning the match 5 – 41, in conditions which at times were reminiscent of a mud bath. David Howells also bagged his second consecutive hattrick that ensured Scottish drew level on points with the league leaders Barking going into the final third of the season.

London Scottish kicked off on a damp over cast day on a very heavy pitch, which had large patches of mud due to the recent bad weather in the local area. From the kick off, Scottish put the Tigers side under immediate pressure and the forwards were held up short on the Tigers line. The pressure finally paid off and after 4 minutes the Tigers forwards were pushed back at a scrum and Scottish back rower Lipp picked up the ball and fed the Scottish backs, who passed it out for winger Howells to touch down in the corner. Fly half Brown missed the conversion. Scottish doubled their lead 3 minutes later after a good backs move, when centre McDougall cut inside, who off loaded to winger Holgate to score. Brown converted out wide leaving the score 0 – 12.

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The Tigers then stepped up their game and began to recover from the early shocks of the Scottish scores. Tigers began to make a number of incursions into the Scottish 22, however the Scottish defence held firm. Scottish then reversed this pressure, but a number of errors allowed the Tigers defence to hold out. On 26 minutes the Tigers opened their account with probably the best try of the match. The Scottish backs were attacking just inside the Tigers 10 metre line when the Tigers centre Hurst scooped up a dropped pass, allowing the Tigers to switch the play and passed the ball through both the forwards and backs hands for 2nd row Lewis to score out wide. Winger Nutt missed the conversion to leave the score 5 – 12.

The remainder of the half was dominated by forwards play as the pitch began to influence the styles of play by both sides. On the stroke of half time Scottish scored their third try of the match. The Scottish forwards drove the Tigers back following wave upon wave of attacks, which resulted in the ball being moved through the Scottish backs to winger Howells, who cut inside just short of the Tigers line and was held up short. Scottish re-cycled the ball and flanker Lipp drove over. Brown converted for a half time score of 5 – 19.

The opening quarter of the second half was again dominated by the forwards as the conditions of the pitch deteriorated further. On 52 minutes Scottish were pressing forward in midfield and following a Tigers drop ball, the ball was hacked into the Tigers 22 metres. This resulted in a chase back by the Tigers winger Nutt, closely followed by Scottish winger Howells and full back Bordiss. Nutt managed to get to the ball first and hacked it over the dead ball line. On 55 minutes Scottish scored their fourth try, which secured their fifth consecutive bonus point victory. Scottish kicked to the corner following a penalty and at the subsequent line out the forwards caught and drove over with replacement hooker Standfield emerging with the ball. Brown missed the conversion 5 – 25.

10 minutes later Scottish increased their lead further after the Tigers backs attempted a missed move which went wrong. Winger Howells capitalised on the error and gladly picked up the ball on the half way line and raced away to score. Brown missed the conversion to leave the score 5 – 29. On 68 minutes Scottish kicked to the corner after another Tigers infringement and the forwards drove over with prop McGrath scoring. Brown converted to leave the score 5 – 35. The incessant Scottish pressure was now getting to the Tigers forwards, which led to the referee having to speak with the Tigers captain on number of occasions. Shortly afterwards the Tigers prop Flynn was yellow carded for speaking out of turn, thus reducing the Tigers to 14 players for the remainder of the match. Scottish scored their seventh and final try close to the referees’ final whistle, when winger Howells scored his third try of the match, following a series of good backs moves. Brown missed the conversion to leave the final score 5 – 41.

Scottish turned in another impressive performance on a pitch, who's condition clearly influenced the style of play in the match. Scottish adapted well and where required either used their forwards or backs to change the point of attack. Full credit to the Tigers who put up a good performance, but struggled in periods of the match and will no doubt bounce back in the near future. With league leaders Barking failing to secure a bonus point in their win against Otley, Scottish moved joint top of the league on points. The team is now playing with confidence and determination and can look forward to their next two matches, which are both on home soil against Wharfedale and Cinderford respectfully. Look out for the match preview later in the week.

Centre Ben McDougall was awarded the away supporters man of the match.

Home Team
Try: Lewis
Away Team
Tries: Howells x3, Holgate, McGrath, Lipp, Standfield

Con: Brown x3

Home Team
15 Riley, 14 Nutt, 13 Hurst, 12 Wainwright, 11 Woolley, 10 Jones, 9 Wilkinson

1 Birchall, 2 Roberts, 3 Flynn, 4 Atkinson, 5 Lewis, 6 Oxley, 7 Dew, 8 Crous

Replacements: Black, Livesey, Hall, Urmston, Tafa

Away Team
15 Bordiss, 14 Holgate, 13 Macdougall, 12 Trueman, 11 Howells, 10 J Brown, 9 Walbyoff

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

Replacements: O Brown, Clarke, Standfield, McInroy, Amor

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