Few gave London Scottish any hope going into this weekend’s clash with Ealing Trailfinders with the sides sitting at opposite ends of the table to each other. It appeared to be going to form as Ealing flopped over for a try in the opening two minutes of the match through the driving maul, a weapon that would prove deadly throughout the game.
However, London Scottish would level the scores through a Jordan Els try scored after long periods of pressure from the home side, Harry Sheppard would convert in the ninth minute. Ealing though would hit back with tries from Shaun Shingler and Carlo Tizzano. The second of which also scored off the back of a driving maul.
However, a moment of genius from Femi Sofolarin and Cameron King would see London Scottish right back into the game. King took a penalty quickly on the halfway line before feeding Solofarin. He would race up the touchline before offloading back inside to King for a wonder score after 23 minutes.
This made it a one score game and it would only be a late try from Shaun Malton at the end of the first half which widened the margin. Scottish would score just after the break to close the gap back down to 21-26 through Cassius Cleaves as he burst through off the back of a pre prepared scrum move.
For the Exiles though that would be as good as it got as Ealing fought back and pulled away from their opposition. Malton would score two more from the back of driving mauls to round off a great day for the hooker.
At this stage Scottish had too much to do and fell to a 36 point defeat to the table topping Ealing side as the away side ran in nine tries. A particular highlight for the away side was a breakaway score from reserve scrum half Jordan Burns. He burst through a wonderful hole to round off a strong day for Ealing.
Head Coach Joe Gray, commented after the game that ‘we competed and dominated for long period of time in that game which is a testament to how far the side has come this season. However, there is still a long way for us to go and Ealing showed their class and why they are top of the league.’