Weekly Round Up – February 13

13th February 2019

The 1st XV recorded a remarkable win on the road in Jersey this past weekend and will be looking to continue their prosperous start to 2019 against Bedford Blues at the RAG on Saturday. Purchase your tickets for the game on the link below.

There was some stellafr news from the Girls side who qualified for the final of the National Cup competition. Find out all below on our weekly roundup.

Book onto the February Community Camp next week

Next week the Community department will be hosting the February skills and recruitment camp at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

This is the perfect opportunity for players to work on their skills ahead of the end of the season.

You can book your place for £20 a day or book for all three days for £50.

Book your place on the skills & recruitment camp here

Under 12s Match Report written by Colin Adams

London Scottish U12s played in the final day of the Middlesex Championships on Sunday, and finished in style.

The first match was against a good Hammersmith & Fulham team. At half-time it was all even at 1 try a piece, and at that point the match could have gone either way, with both teams playing some good rugby. Liam’s half-time team talk highlighted some areas to improve, and to their credit, the boys executed their instructions impressively in the second half. The team stepped up a gear in terms of passing, rucking, tackling and support play, and ran in 4 tries in the second half with no response from Hammersmith. Axel scored a great hat-trick, while the pick of the tries was a well-worked team effort with several phases of play followed by swift passing down the line to release Sam for a well-deserved try in the corner. The result was a 5-1 victory, and probably the best half of rugby the boys have played this season.

The second match was scheduled to be against Staines, but unfortunately they were unable to put out a team. The boys will be credited with a walk-over for the Championships, but in the interests of enjoying some more rugby, we played a friendly match against Saracens. Before Christmas we had played a very tight match with Sarries that ended 1-1, so we approached this match with cautious anticipation. However, some quick tries from Scottish from the kick off placed us firmly in the driving seat, and Saracens struggled to regain their composure. Scottish took their opportunities and ended the first half an incredible 7 tries to nil ahead. The challenge from coach Liam at half time was to guard against complacency, and to reset mentally in order to compete afresh in the second half. The reaction of the boys was to score another 5 tries without conceding, which included some solid defensive work at one stage as Sarries looked for a consolation. The match ended a very creditable 12-0.

This was a fantastic day of rugby, with the team firing on all cylinders with notable performances across all players. The results from all matches are being collated to establish our final Middlesex Championship league position.

Under 13s Match Report written by Ralph Eley 

A cold, blustery day on the Old Deer Park saw London Scottish U13s meet Chess Valley.

In a break with the U13s usual tradition of being a try down in the first few minutes, they quickly got up the field and camped on the opproistion line for a full five minutes before Chess Valley broke out, ran down the pitch and scored. The boys retaliated with a kick down field from Max, a scrum at the five yard line and Alex broke free to equalise.

A spectacular run dampened our rising hope for making the score 2 tries to 1 and Scottish were beginning to be out rucked at the breakdown.

Chess Valley added some more scores moved on to 4-1 but some fine driving runs from Davlat kept the boys steady until a last minute try in the final seconds of the half meant the lads ran in 5-1 down on tries.

London Scottish again started the second half hard, fighting for very ball and almost scored but Chess Valley had identified the gaps in our defence and deployed their speedy wingers to move the score on again. The boys were not giving up though and worked hard as they began to tire. There was another chance for the exiles to score but we were just kept out by Chess Valley who then took advantage of a Scottish mishandle to score again.  A disappointing 12-1 final score didn’t reflect the work the boys had put in but well played to Chess Valley. Sadly, it was our first defeat in the league for the U13s this year.

London Scottish Lions

The 1st XV continued their run of good form as they beat West London away from home 36-12. They remain at the top of the league with a 10-point gap between them and second place.

The 2nd XV fell to 16-12 at home to New Zealand Kiwis in a real close encounter.

The Girls progress to RFU Girls Cup Final

After two wins in a triangular semi-final on Sunday, the Girls Under 18 have clinched a spot in the RFU Cup Final on Sunday 3rd March at the neutral venue of Aylesbury RFC.

Read the full match report here

1st XV Pro side

  • Billy Harding scored the Club’s 50th try of the season with his individual effort against Jersey whilst Rory Jennings brought up his 100th points for the season.
  • Dino Waldren Jr was part of the USA side that lost 45-10 to Argentina XV in the Americas Rugby Championship.
  • Matt Davidson appeared for Scotland U20 in their loss to Ireland at Netherdale
  • Former London Scot D’Arcy Rae made his Scotland debut in the 6 Nations loss to Ireland at BT Murrayfield

Buy tickets for our Bedford Blues game on Saturday at the RAG here

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