South Wales Scorpions 12 London Skolars 54

3rd March 2013

London Skolars made a strong start to the group stages of the Northern Rail Cup, scoring 10 tries at The Gnoll in Neath. They raced into a dominant position with three tries in eleven minutes. After Erjon Dolapi had made a 50 metre run from deep in his own half, fellow prop forward Rob Thomas took the ball from dummy half to force his way over the tryline.

Whilst Scorpion’s Kristian Hawkes was in the sin-bin, James Anthony latched onto an Oscar Thomas pass to score the second, and then set up a try for Dylan Skee. Oscar Thomas scored on his debut and Smokie Junor dived over in the corner to put Skolars further ahead

The Scorpions had several chances to score, but the final pass went to ground on three occasions as Skolars put the attack under pressure. Anthony added a second try just before half-time after an 80 metre break from Joe Price had opened up the defence.

The second half saw the home side defend well early on, but they couldn’t stop Dylan Skee’s break and he offloaded for David Stephenson to touch down. Skee was instumental in the next try as he slipped a pass out for Anthony to record a hat-trick.

South Wales finally got onto the scoreboard just before the hour mark through Olly Olds, but the respite was shortlived. Anthony might have scored a fourth try, but as the defence closed in, he made sure of a try by passing inside to Stephenson. Skee kicked his seventh conversion to record 18 points in the game.

 

Skolars were held up twice in the same set of six tackles before Jack Dillon made that pressure count for the tenth try.

Scorpions rounded off the scoring through Joe Burke after Mike Worrincy had been sin-binned after a melee, but, with their next two game at home, Skolars will be confident of progressing to the knock-out stages of the competition.

 

SOUTH WALES

1 David James

2 Jack Pring

3 Lewis Reece

4 Shane Lyon-Fraser

5 Dalton Grant

6 Kristian Hawkes

7 Ollie Olds

8 Joe Burke

9 Steve Parry

10 James Greenwood

11 Rhodri Lloyd

12 Haydn Peacock

15 Ashley Bateman

 

Subs (all used)

14 Chris Vitalini

13 Chirs Tuluila

16 Sam Wellings

17 Liam Carberry

 

Tries: Olds (57), Burke (80)

Goals: Olds 2/2

Sin-bin: Hawkes – holding down (8), Tuluila – shoulder charge (63)

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 James Anthony

4 John Paxton

–  Alex Hurst

3 Joe Price

2 Smokie Junor

–  Oscar Thomas

7 Dylan Skee

–  Erjon Dolapi

9 Martyn Smith

8 Rob Thomas

11 David Stephenson

12 Mike Worrincy

19 James Roche

 

Subs (all used)

13 Olly Purslow

23 Jack Dillon

16 Louis Robinson

17 Danny Burke

 

Tries: R Thomas (3), Anthony (8,32,55), Skee (11), O Thomas (18), Junor (24), Stephenson (52,67), Dillon (71)

Goals: Skee 7/10

Sin-bin: Worrincy – fighting (79)

 

Penalty count: 9-12

 

Half-time: 0-32

Referee: Tom Crashley

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18, 0-22, 0-28, 0-32, 0-38, 0-44, 6-44, 6-50, 6-54, 12-54

 


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