Coventry End London Scottish’s Winning Run

07th May 2024

London Scottish travelled to the Butts Park Arena on Friday Night to take on second placed Coventry with high spirits off the back of three straight wins. However, a dogged and clinical Coventry side would put an end to that run as a fighting London Scottish left opportunities out there to come away with a famous victory.

Into the wind first half London Scottish struggled with Coventry’s superior kicking game and found themselves penned in their own half for much of the opening of the game. Two tries directly off the back of London Scottish inaccuracies in their own third as well as a penalty to the home side put the Exiles 13-0 down with just minutes to go on the first half clock.

However, a stolen line out and some excellent phaseplay marshalled by halfbacks Jonny Law and Alec Lloyd-Seed saw Hayden Hyde scythe through the middle of the Coventry defence to dot down and close the gap for the travelling side.

However, coming out for the second half, Coventry once again managed territory and possession expertly in tough conditions. London Scottish found themselves playing out from under their own posts shortly into the second half. Things went awry and once again Coventry would profit from the Exiles mistakes.

London Scottish built into the game from there but were unable to string much continuity together due to the difficult conditions and the pressure exerted from the Coventry pack. However, a late maul try from Austin Wallis and some last minute attack in the Coventry 22 gave London Scottish some hope.

Despite this though, Coventry would run out comfortable winners in a game that was a hard fought contest but one in which London Scottish found themselves second best. A great improvement on previous trips up to the Butts Park Arena but a lot to be learned for this young London Scottish side.

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