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Narrow Defeat to London Rivals

Narrow Defeat to London Rivals

during the Greene King IPA Championship match between London Scottish Football Club and Ealing Trailfinders at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, United Kingdom on 8 September 2018. Photo by David Horn.

After a disappointing loss to local rivals Richmond on the opening weekend, Scottish were looking get a win over last season’s runners up; Ealing Trailfinders.

The game started well for Ealing who dominated the opening stages. Laurence May, who would walk away with 16 points at full time, opened the scoring after 5 minutes with a simple penalty kick from the 22. Just two minutes later, Armitage got himself on the score-sheet… the ball was worked well across the pitch, and when it found Armitage, nobody was going to catch him. May added the two, LSFC 0-10 Ealing after 8 minutes.

More pressure and points for Ealing followed, Durutolo powered his way through the Scots defence and offloaded to May who dotted down by the posts. No conversion this time, LSFC 0-15 after 19 minutes.

With 20 minutes played, Scottish began to put together some slick phases. Scottish moved the ball well across the pitch, stretching the Ealing defence; the ball found its way to Ingall who showed a turn of pace to evade the final defender to score on the wing. Jennings converted from a tight angle, so it was 7-15 with 24 minutes played.

Ealing answered right back, Packman started his run deep in his own 22, saw a gap and made 50m… offloaded to Durutolo, who pinged it back to him to allow him to score. A well worked, skilful piece of interplay from both players. May converted to make it 7-22 with 10 minutes left of the half.

Under pressure Scottish gave away one too many penalties; from a 5m line out, Ealing rumbled to the line to score. Walker holding the ball as they crossed. May added two more points, LSFC 7-29 Ealing with 5 mins left.

Just moments left of the half, Scottish got a lineout 10m from the try line. A simple, but brutally effective catch & carry from the pack shunted the Ealing defence all the way back behind their try line. Pete Austin the man who dived for the line to score to open his account this season. Jennings’ attempt at the conversion hit the post, so the half ended 12-29 to Ealing.

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Scottish were a different beast after the half; carrying and tackling with a lot more aggression and urgency. Ealing were the first to add points of the second half, though it felt against the run of play. Ealing went through a number of phases on the 22, and were pushed all the way back to the 10m line in the Scots half, but eventually the pressure told and they broke through. Ben West was the man that crossed the line. May converted to make it 12-36 after 45 mins.

The next ten minutes passed without incident, both teams failed to put much together. Scottish put Ealing under a lot of pressure, which eventually paid off. Quick ball through the hands among the backs, found its way onto the wing to Ingall who scored in the corner for his second of the game. Jennings didn’t convert, but Scottish now had their tails up and the noise from the stands was growing. LSFC 17-36 with 20 minutes to play.

Ealing were beginning to find themselves in all sorts of trouble; more pressure from Scottish kept Ealing on the back foot. Scottish pinged the ball to Ingall on the wing again, who stepped in and chipped the ball over the top; the chase was on, and the ball bounced kindly for Hoadley who scored by the posts with pretty much his first touch of the game. Jennings converted LSFC 24-36 with 12 minutes left.

With the crowd screaming behind them, Scottish were going for it now and Ealing gave away more penalties under sustained pressure. From a 5m line out, Scottish went to their catch & drive… the phases that followed hit a yellow defensive wall until Harding got over to score his first try for London Scottish. Jennings converted again to make it 31-36 with just 5 minutes to go.

Despite having the ball and the noise of the crowd, Scottish were unable to put anything meaningful together. The Scots knocked on, and Ealing made sure they kept the ball and ran out the clock. Final score, LSFC 31-36 Ealing Trailfinders.

Scottish started slowly, but only narrowly missed out on the win. Like last week, when they clicked as a team, they ghosted past defenders to score, but they’d given themselves too much to do by conceding so many unanswered points in the first half.

Stand out performances from Man of the Match Rory Jennings, double-try scorer Ingall, plus Bright and Tyas in the centre of the park.

 

London Scottish Harris; Austin; Cringle; Hodge; Uanivi; Tyas; Wynne; Bright (c); Hart; Perry; Duncan; Jennings; Vernon; Ingall; Smith // Replacements; Harding; Brodley; Litchfield; Frost; Hoadley; Mosses; Stevenson

Tries Ingall (2); Austin; Hoadley; Harding

Conversion(s) Jennings (3)

Penalties

 

Ealing Trailfinders O’Connell; Walker; Tampin; Landry; West; Reid; Durutalo; Smid (c); Carter; May; Cordy-Redden; Howard; Armitage; Packman; Lydon // Replacements: Cornish; Beesley; Millar-Mills; O’Regan; Stedman; Burns; Willis

Tries Armitage; Packman; May; Walker; West

Conversion(s) May (x4)

Penalties May

 

Referee(s) M. Hudson; B. Burton; N. Carrick; R. Bourke

Attendance 1,065

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