Great Ticket Offer for Toulouse NRC Tie

Skolars rearranged Northern Rail Cup Tie against Toulouse Olympique XIII takes place here at New River on Easter Monday, the 9th April, kick-off 12.30pm.

The match will be the only professional Rugby League game taking place in the Capital over Easter Weekend and we would like to give Rugby League fans the chance to bring a friend to watch match for free!

From today up until Tuesday the 3rd April anyone purchasing an adult ticket online (£10) will be sent an additional free match ticket.

To take advantage of this great ticket offer visit the club’s online ticket office by clicking here

The London Skolars Juniors are going to be involved in a truly unique event over Easter when the under 16 age group play a cross code challenge game against world famous Rugby Union club, Saracens, The game kick-offs at  7pm on Wednesday 4th April, and takes place at Bramley Road Sports Ground in Southgate. The game is being hosted by Barnet and Southgate College with each code featuring; Rugby Union being played in the first half and Rugby League being played in the second half.

Whilst a number of community league and union clubs that share facilities have played cross-code games, next month’s game is thought to be the first between the junior sections of two professional clubs.

The most famous contest cross-code came in 1996 when Wigan and Bath played one game of each code. Wigan won the league game at Maine Road 82-6, with Bath triumphing 44-19 in the union encounter at Twickenham. Playing in both those games for Wigan was Andy Farrell, who subsequently changed codes to play for Saracens and is now Saracen’s first team coach.

North London’s leading Rugby organisations, Skolars and Saracens work in partnership on Barnet and Southgate College’s College of Rugby Education (CORE) delivering classroom based sessions as well as field and strength and conditioning focussed sessions.

This initiative was dreamt up by the staff and coaches involved in CORE, Skolars and Saracens Foundation as an opportunity to showcase the college and course, both clubs, allowing Barnet and Southgate College to recruit for the 2012-13 academic year intake. Both Skolars and Saracens will have first team players present and there will also be other special guests present from both Rugby League and Rugby Union.

Skolars Community Coach, Graeme Spencer, who leads on CORE delivery for the Skolars and is a key coordinator for the Cross Code challenge said, “Our players are really looking forward to pitting their wits against one of the top Rugby union clubs in the country.

Both clubs can only benefit from the event and we hope to make it a regular exhibition game allowing members from both clubs to find out precisely the opportunities they have educationally and Rugby wise in the area.”

All four junior teams were in action on Sunday with the 14’s and 18’s at home to Greenwich Admirals whilst the 12’s and 16’s travelled to take on their Staines counterparts:

London Skolars u18s finally got there first win of the season againstGreenwich Admirals. The game was always going to be a high scoring game when Greenwich were only able to raise 12 players for the game. This meant Skolars would only field 12 too, with 5 on the bench. Skolars came out of the blocks first with a try from Captain Louie Sutherland. The first half was very one-sided with a lot of possession and tries coming from London Skolars. Skolars u18s let their foot off the gas and Greenwich took full advantage with back to back tries. Try scorers for London Skolars u18s were David Ogufere, Iliess Macani, & Gavin Dilworth. There was an impressive, if not a little unorthodox, kicking display coming from Iliess Macani – a successful kicking day, only missing 1 from 10.

The game was very much one for the neutral rugby league fan with 18 tries scored in total. Man of the Match goes to Iliess Macani scoring a total of 30 points. Louie Sutherland was very close to stealing the award with a very strong game at prop, offering himself for a lot of the ball and a good defensive display. The final score was 58-40 to Skolars.

The Skolars 16s  came up short again this weekend against a tough Staines Titans.  The Titans team boasted 7 London Broncos players and their impact on the game was evident throughout.  The North London outfit struggled to get into the game, but a try from D’Shaun Elliotte attempted to even up the scores.  A great performance from Tuoyo Egodo in the halfs was capped off with a try and conversion to his name.  The final score was 56 10 in favour of Staines.

The Skolars under 14s couldn’t make it back to back wins after defeating Newham last week, going down to Greenwich at home with a squad decimated by illness and injury. Greenwich played to the warm, dry conditions with some outstanding passing shown coming out on top, 52-14. The Skolars points came courtesy of a try and a goal from leading try scorer Jerome Yates and two tries from man of the match, hooker Alex Pentecost.

Finally an under strenghth 12’s squad played took on a strong Staines squad and went down by 64-4.




Skolars went out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, but certainly gave Championship side Leigh Centurions a strong test.

They had to defend early on with Joe Price deflecting a pass to prevent a try early on. However, when they gained possession, John Paxton raced from his own line to half way, before Skolars gained a penalty.

They decided to take a tap penalty 28 metres out, a choice vindicated when Neil Thorman’s pass opened up space out wide and Smokie Junor touched down in the corner.

Ricky Bibey and Rob Parker put in a lot of work throughout the game and that regularly put Leigh into good attacking positions. With an attempted intercept and then conceding a penalty, Skolars defended four sets of six on their own line, before John Pownall finished off a passing move across the field. Another penalty soon afterwards put Leigh in a good position again, with Stuart Littler brushing off the defence. When Skolars lost possession on the half way line, Steve Maden capitalised and Leigh had scored their third try in a six minute burst.

They extended their lead when Matt Gardner finished off a Tommy Gallagher break. John Duffy crossed the line, but was adjudged to have led with an elbow in the tackle. Skolars kicked deep from the penalty, before Martyn Smith’s break was completed by Brad Hopkins. Stuart Littler took advantage of another Skolars’ error late in the half, but there was still time for Skolars to pull another try back as the hard working Olly Purslow forced his way through the defence to score under the posts.

Skolars needed to score early to stand a chance of creating an upset. John Paxton created an overlap but the pass to Junor went to ground and when the Skolars defence couldn’t get to a bouncing ball from a Duffy kick, Mike Worrincy was able to get to the ball just avoiding putting a foot over the dead ball line. Three minutes later Craig Briscoe’s pass found Greg McNally coming into the attacking line to score the visitors’ seventh try

Previous visits to New River had seen Leigh cut loose in the later stages, but Skolars were not overwhelmed this time. Dylan Skee’s 40-20 kick gave opportunity for Ade Adebisi to race over from close range. Bibey was probably lucky not to be dismissed after a very high shot on Purslow, although the high penalty count was more related to offsides and interference from high kicks than any aggressive play.

Ridyard’s 40-20 gave Leigh another opportunity to score, Stuart Littler managed to keep hold of a ball that hit his chest to race over for his hat-trick. Bob Beswick kicked a drop goal with four minutes remaining, which baffled most spectators given the scoreline, but there was time for Dylan Skee to finish off with a flourish with a try on the last move of the game.

The Mall Wood Green Man of the Match award was won by Olly Purslow.

Skolars’ coach Joe Mbu was positive in defeat, “We showed a lot of determination and did well to stay in there against a strong Championship side.”



1 John Paxton

2 Smokie Junor

3 Joe Price

4 Chris McNamara

5 Ade Adebisi

6 Andy McLean

7 Dylan Skee

8 Rob Thomas

9 Neil Thorman

10 David Williams

11 Brad Hopkins

12 Alex Bate

13 Austen Aggrey


Subs (all used)

14 Olly Purslow

15 Louis Robinson

16 Martyn Smith

17 Dave Arnot


Tries: Junor (6), Hopkins (38), Purslow (40), Adebisi (54), Skee (80)

Goals: Skee 3/5



1 Greg McNally

2 Steve Maden

3 Stuart Littler

4 Matt Gardner

5 John Pownall

6 Martyn Ridyard

7 John Duffy

8 Ricky Bibey

9 Anthony Nicholson

10 Rob Parker

11 Craig Briscoe

12 Michael Worrincy

13 James Taylor


Subs (all used)

14 Bob Beswick

15 Sam Hopkins

16 Michael Ostick

17 Tommy Gallagher


Tries: Pownall (15), Littler (18, 40, 70), Maden (21), Gardner (30), Worrincy (44), McNally (47)

Goals: Ridyard 5/8

Drop Goal: Beswick (76)


Penalty count: 16-8


Half-time: 14-26

Referee: Matthew Kidd

Attendance: 376


SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 4-4, 4-10, 4-16, 4-22, 8-22, 8-26, 14-26, 14-32, 14-38, 20-38, 20-42, 20-43, 26-43

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