London Skolars 64 South Wales Scorpions 6

Skolars kept up the chase for the play-offs spots in Co-operative Championship 1 as they scored 64 points for the second week running.

They scored 11 unanswered tries after South Wales had taken an early lead when Rhodri Lloyd slipped through the defence. Skolars were quick to level the scores when Andy McLean made a break, continued by Neil Thorman and Lamont Bryan, with Bryan offloading to Matt Thomas to score. Three minutes later they took the lead when Dylan Skee finished off a Thorman break.

The rest of the first half was tight and give little indication of what was to come. Skolars third try of the half came on the half hour when Andy McLean kicked a high bomb centre field for Lamont Bryan to touchdown under the posts. For the Scorpions Dalton Grant went close but couldn’t quite win a kick chase to the line.

Thorman broke away again early in the second half. Parry made a fine tackle to stop Bryan, but Skee was on hand at the next tackle to cross the line for his second. Martyn Smith then broke through on the next set of six with Brad Hopkins recording his tenth league try of the season. Thorman created yet another break for Ben Bolger to score. Skee had a wonderful day with the boot, but this was the one conversion he missed.

The Scorpions had a couple of chances close to the line but the Skolars defence held out, something that will have pleased coach Joe Mbu considerably. They counterattacked and Skee kicked deep for the left corner and it looked like Jason Howell would beat Smokie Junor to the ball, but it held up and Hopkins gratefully pounced on it for his second try. Dave Williams stretched over the line to notch up the half century soon afterwards.

Scorpions couldn’t hold onto the ball from a short restart and from the scrum Skolars pushed the ball to the left for Junor to race down the wing before cutting across to score under the posts to the delight of the home crowd, many of whom have witnessed being on the receiving end of such scorelines in previous seasons. Neil Thorman danced round David James for the final try before Skee added his 10th conversion of the day. That gave the scrum half 28 points and a new club record, beating the 26 he recorded against North Wales earlier in the season.

The man of the match sponsored by The Mall, Wood Green Shopping City went to Rob Thomas. The players player award sponsored by Laurent Perrier went to Martyn Smith.



1 James Anthony

2 John Paxton

3 Joe Price

4 Dave Arnot

5 Smokie Junor

6 Andy McLean

7 Dylan Skee

8 Lamont Bryan

9 Neil Thorman

10 David Williams

11 Brad Hopkins

12 Matt Thomas

13 Ben Bolger


Subs (all used)

14 Rob Thomas

15 Michael Sykes

16 Martyn Smith

17 James Roche


Tries: M Thomas (6), Skee (9,43), Bryan (30), Paxton (51), Hopkins (54,66), Bolger (57), Williams (74), Junor (76), Thorman (79)

Goals: Skee 10/11



8 David James

3 Jason Howells

24 Alan Pope

25 Kevin James

9 Dalton Grant

18 Ben Gilbert

7 Shaun Owens

16 Joe Burke

19 Nathan Mossop

20 Alun Wyn Davies

14 Matthew Crow

13 Rhodri Lloyd

11 Ashley Bateman


Subs (all used)

1 Steve Parry

4 Osian Phillips

5 Like Kell

15 Yannic Parker


Tries:  Lloyd (3)

Goals: Owens 1/1


Penalty count: 11-5


Half-time: 18-6

Referee: G Dolan

Attendance: 290


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 12-6, 18-12, 24-6, 30-6, 36-6, 40-6, 46-6, 52-6, 58-8, 64-6



Do you want to improve your rugby skills and athletic ability?

Do you want to earn a professional qualification at the same time?

Then come along to the Barnet & Southgate College ‘Centre of Rugby Education’ taster sessions this summer to see what our programme is all about. We will be running sessions at London Skolars Rugby League Club from 2pm-4pm on the following dates.

Wednesday 15th August

Wednesday 22nd August

Wednesday 29th August

Wednesday 5th September

The venue for sessions is: White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London, N22 5QW.

The Centre of Rugby Education programme is delivered in conjunction with Saracens Rugby Union and combines rugby delivered by highly specialised coaches with a wide variety of educational courses including A-levels, BTECs and industry awards. Players participate in the student leagues and have the opportunity to achieve county, regional and national squad recognition.

Email to confirm your attendance at the taster sessions. For further information contact Dan Stocks (manager) on 0208 886 6521 ext 5157

On Friday 3rd August the manicured lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City of London will once again host the prestigious City Touch Rugby Tournament.

The event, now in its 4th year, will again be sponsored by Pcubed, whose involvement with the sport of Rugby League also extends to sponsorship of the annual Varsity match.

Twelve companies will go head to head at one of the most spectacular and unique sporting venues anywhere, hoping to be crowned City Touch Champions. Last year’s winners, Stratton Metals (pictured receiving their trophy and medal last year), are back to defend their crown and in the group stages are scheduled to play last year’s runners up, Goldman Sachs.

Other teams taking part include the 2010 winners Bloomberg , Ascertiva Group, Bishopsgate Financial, Chubb Insurance, Delta One Data, D.T.Z and Ipreo. ETF Securities will be fielding two teams and event sponsors Pcubed are also entering a team, making up the twelve sides.

All teams have ten players in their squads, with six on the field at any one time. The pace is hectic so there will be lots of roll on roll off substitutions to keep legs fresh.

The twelve teams will be split into two leagues of six, playing each other once to determine which two teams from each league progress to the semi-final stage. All matches are 12 minutes in duration, including the final.

Professional Rugby League coaches and players will be on hand to help the teams involved with some coaching and mentoring.

Last year’s City Touch was played in glorious sunshine so, after the recent spell of rainy weather everyone is hoping for a bright sunny day! As the tournament draws to a close those taking part will enjoy the traditional BBQ on the lawn, with a cold beer to cool them down, whilst the winners and runners up receive their trophies and medals.

Spectators are welcome and there will be a pay bar available on the lawn all afternoon.

The London Skolars ‘A’ travelled to Essex to take on Eastern Rhinos at Colchester Rugby Club on Saturday, in what has turned out to be their final regular league match of the season. Both teams played the game in good spirits and the contact in defence was some of the best seen all season.

A slow start due to surrendering of possession through unforced errors saw Skolars take a 12-6 lead into half time. Straight after the break it was the Rhinos who scored next to bring it back to 12-10 in favour of the North London team. It was here that the game took a turn and the Skolars found the gear they knew they had but failed to bring so far. From the 12-10 margin, Skolars through some great play through Austen Aggrey and Aaron Small (who both scored in each half) helped stretch their lead out to 36-10. With the game seemingly in hand, Skolars took the foot off the accelerator and allowed Eastern Rhinos back into the match.

Rhinos to their credit never threw in the towel and the Skolars leaked three tries to allow the Rhinos to get within 10 points to make the final score 36-26. Special mention to Sam Blayden who put a great shot on from our own line when we were struggling to get back which saved a potential Rhinos try. The result confirmed London Skolars ‘A’ as minor premiers of the Southern Premier.

Next weekend sees the ‘A’ team in the Cup final against Portsmouth Navy Seahawks at New River Stadium, kick off to be confirmed.

Tries: Aggrey 2, Small 2, Oyebade, Cawthorn

Goals: G. Vickers 6/6

  1. Angelo Thomas
  2. Charlie Oyebade
  3. Aaron Small
  4. James Fletcher
  5. Chris Vickers
  6. Greg Vickers
  7. Jermaine Coleman
  8. Austen Aggrey
  9. Michael Cawthorn
  10. Louie Robinson
  11. Ollie Bloom
  12. Cariern Clement-Pascall
  13. Dion Chapman
  14. Sam Blayden
  15. Cameron Gall
  16. Craig Lawson
  17. David Hacke
  18. Randall Powell

Half time score: 12-6

Full time score: 36-26

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