London Skolars 20 University Of Gloucestershire All Golds 0

18th March 2013

Skolars won their third game in a row in the group stages and now just need a bonus point in their final game to make of qualification to the knockout stages and also qualify for the Plate final, which will be competed for between the two group stage winners.

The final round of group games sees each side play against a team from the other pool. Skolars travel to Rochdale Hornets, whilst South Wales Scorpions their only rivals for qualification entertain Oldham.

The final hooter sounded as the 37th scrum of the game assembled and that summed up the game. Heavy rain overnight and during the game made it almost impossible for either side to keep control of the ball. Skolars’

Assistant Coach Marcus Tobin reflected afterwards that “it was almost a disadvantage to have possession in the second half. We seemed to make more yards in defence than we did in attack. It was good that we kept our defensive line under pressure. Having been involved with Skolars in the early days at this level, I know what it’s like for new sides. The All-Golds put up a stern challenge and looked well organised, that bodes well for the rest of the season”.

Smokie Junor was denied a try early on for the second successive week, just slipping a foot into touch in-goal and another chance to score was lost when James Anthony passed the ball out close to line after the tackle had been completed. However, Skolars scored soon afterwards with Dylan Skee’s pass finding Joe Price who used his power to break through the defence.

The All-Golds went close with Rich Jones being stopped five metres out and Skolars soon added a second try with Rob Thomas barging his way over the tryline. The next ten minutes saw a series of errors from both sides as the heavens opened. With the All-Golds wearing their home kit it was the Skolars who wore gold, playing in their hooped away kit. However, after half an hour both sides became indistinguishable in the mud.

The early part of second half saw All-Golds gain the ball and Matt Bradley started to race from his own half, but was pulled back after the ball was adjudged to have been knocked down. An inside pass from Dylan Skee found Louis Robinson to score his first try of the season.

As conditions worsened, it became a game where simple plays were the only ones that were going to work. Rob Thomas worked hard at prop for Skolars with Martyn Smith’s scoots often provided safe yardage. For the visitors, Sam Blaney made a couple of good runs for the visitors, the second saw the pass out just going to ground 20 metres out. Tyla Hepi also went close but lost control with the line beckoning.

As conditions worsened, neither side could make possession count and Skolars extended their lead with a late penalty for Dylan Skee.

Martyn Smith won the Man of the Match award, which is sponsored by The Mall, Wood Green Shopping City.



1 James Anthony

4 John Paxton

21 Jamie O’Callaghan

3 Joe Price

2 Smokie Junor

26 Oscar Thomas

7 Dylan Skee

30 Erjon Dollapi

9 Martyn Smith

13 Scott Wheeldon

11 David Stephenson

12 Mike Worrincy

10 Dave Williams


Subs (all used)

8 Rob Thomas

23 Jack Dillon

16 Louis Robinson

17 Danny Burke


Tries: Price (12), R Thomas (29), Robinson (47)

Goals: Skee 4/4



14 Tawanda Chuipadza

2 James Gahan

3 Callum Mulkeen

19 Marcus Brooker

17 Pat Evans

5 Tim Bergin

7 Matt Bradley

8 Mike Stewart

13 Jordan Rice

20 Mike Venn

11 Joe McClean

12 Rich Jones

6 Tyla Hepi


Subs (all used)

21 Ollie Yeats

10 Sam Blaney

15 Marcus Brown

17 Mike Norman


Half-time: 12-0

Referee: Tom Crashley

Attendance: 251


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 12-0, 18-0, 20-0

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