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Second half comeback falls short as Cardiff Blues prevail in pre-season friendly

Second half comeback falls short as Cardiff Blues prevail in pre-season friendly

London Scottish produced a hugely spirited display and came close to completing a memorable comeback victory, but it was Cardiff Blues who left the Athletic Ground with a 34-24 win.

London Scottish produced a hugely spirited display and came close to completing a memorable comeback victory, but it was Cardiff Blues who left the Athletic Ground with a 34-24 win.

The Scots trailed 11-29 with half an hour remaining, but two tries followed and cut the deficit to just six points. However the Welsh side put the match beyond doubt with a try two minutes from time to wrap up the win.

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Cardiff started strongly and took an early lead after just six minutes. After a number of phases near the try-line, a long looping pass found Aled Summerhill who dotted the ball down in the corner.

Scottish responded brilliantly and levelled the scores just four minutes later. From the top of a line out Craig Holland then burst through the defence, and offloaded to Basil Strang who had the strength to hold off a number of defenders to score.

The Scots then went close to scoring again, and were then awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Strang dissected the posts to put his side 8-5 ahead after 17 minutes.

Cardiff then turned on the style, and three quick tries before half time put them in control of the match. Harri Millard dived over the line after neat hands in the midfield to edge the Blues in front, and Summerhill then scored his second by racing clear of the defence to give them a 17-11 lead.

With the last play of the first-half the Blues got their fourth try. A driving maul rumbled towards the try-line, and Kirby Myhill broke away to extend their half-time advantage to 24-11.

Both sides made a whole host of changes at the break as they looked to allow their squads plenty of game-time, and it was the visitors who adapted best and made a fast start to the second half.

Aled Summerhill completed his hat-trick after again running clear from just outside the 22. The winger had too much pace for the Scottish defence and extended the Blues lead to 29-11.

Scottish then sprung to life and had their sights set on what would be a memorable comeback. Man of the match Ed Milne marked his home debut with a try after driving over the line from close range, and Danny Kenny then cut the deficit further with an outstanding try. The number eight showed an impressive turn of pace to race away after breaking the line of defence and touched down under the posts. Jake Sharp converted and the Scots now only trailed by six points.

The 1184 in attendance were sensing that Dave Morris’ side could go over for a match winning score, but Cardiff ensured victory after Macauley Cook broke away from a maul and stretched over the line.

The Blues left Richmond with a 34-23 win, and the Scottish fans left full of excitement as their team gave them a number of positives to take in to the Greene King IPA Championship opener against Yorkshire Carnegie in a fortnight.

 

 

Officials:
Referee: Fergus Kirby
Assistant Referees: Darryl Chapman & Dean Richards

Man of the match: Ed Milne

Attendance: 1184

Half Time Score: London Scottish 11 – 24 Cardiff Blues

Home Team
Tries: Basil Strang (10 minutes) Ed Milne (58 minutes) Danny Kenny (68 minutes) Conversions: Jake Sharp (68 minutes) Penalties: Basil Strang (17, 32 minutes)
Away Team
Tries: Aled Summerhill (6, 34, 49 minutes) Harri Millard (27 minutes) Kirby Myhill (38 minutes) Macauleuy Cook (79 minutes) Conversions: Jarrod Evans (34, 39 minutes)
Home Team
1 Jonny Harris 2 Dan George  3 Phil Cringle  4 Jonathan Mills  5 Tjiuee Uanivi  6 Kyle Baillie  7 James Tyas  8 Danny Kenny © 9 Alex Walker  10 Basil Strang  11 Connor Hayhow 12 Fraser Lyle  13 Ross Neal  14 Nick Scott  15 Craig Holland Replacements: 16 Derrick Appiah  17 Isaac Miller 18 Ewan McQuillin 19 Mike Howard 20 Chris Walker  21 Ed Milne  22 Ed Hoadley  23 Jake Sharp  24 Matt Williams  25 Ben Mosses 26 Alec Coombes
Away Team
1 Brad Thyer 2 Kirby Myhill 3 Scott Andrews  4 Seb Davies 5 James Down 6 Josh Turnbull © 7 Jim Botham  8 Sion Bennett 9 Lewis Jones 10 Jarrod Evans 11 Tom James 12 Harri Millard 13 Jack Roberts 14 Aled Summerhill  15 Dan Fish Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis  17 Rhys Carre  18 Dillon Lewis 19 Macauley Cook  20 Shane Lewis-Hughes  21 Dane Blacker  22 Ben Jones  23 Cam Lewis  24 Owen Lane  25 Kristian Phillips
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