Under 17s continue good form

18th October 2013

London Scottish under 17s made it four wins on the trot last weekend after victory at Sutton and Epsom.

The conditions were not conducive to our running game and the forwards had their work cut out from the first whistle.

As the rain got progressively harder and the wind grew stronger the game descended into a battle of the set piece.

Our lineout was working well, with Tom Henfry and captain Joe Meredith securing clean ball with some accurate throwing from Jasper Lee. 

The wet conditions did not deter the backs from playing some entertaining rugby and it wasn't long before some quick thinking, accurate passing and a block busting run resulted in Seb 'cowboy' Turner dotting down for a well earned try. 

Well drilled Sutton and Epsom came back strongly and had it not been for some dogged defence on our own line they would have certainly scored.

After a prolonged period of pressure the back three of Will Leigh, Ben Bracewell and Brandon Prosser managed to clear our lines and get us back to the right end of the field. 

Our scrum was working well and with the slippery ball there was an abundance of knock-ons.

The forward pack were loving it and managed to shove the S&E pack backwards all day long.

Sam Griffin was giving their scrum half a few headaches at the No 8's feet which resulted in some good turnover ball to give our backs another opportunity to attack up the centre of the field. 

A well worked team try was scored by Joe Meredith after some brilliant support work from his fellow loose forwards.

We went into half time with a 10-0 lead knowing full well the second half would be a lot tougher into the wind. 

The S&E team came back with a resurgence after the break and after five minutes of solid attack they found a gaping hole in our 10-12 channel and ran in an easy try. 

The entire team rallied together and with the introduction of some fresh legs from our impact players we managed to keep possession of the ball and camp out in their half.

Our discipline was marginally better this week although the penalty count was still too high.

The second half was very even and with the game on a knife edge a huge defensive effort was required.

The players answered the call and our defensive line became impenetrable. A huge team effort resulted in us grinding out a well deserved 10-5 win.

The momentum continues to grow and next week sees us at home with a large number of the squad representing the London Scottish Academy in the second round of the National Colts Cup.

Please come down to support the guys.

Man of the match – William Leigh 

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