North Wales Crusaders 44 London Skolars 6

15th April 2013

Skolars are still searching for their first league win of the season, conceding six second half tries after a close first period at Wrexham.

Jono Smith pushed his way over for the Crusaders’ first try, but Skolars levelled the score midway through the half when Erjon Dollapi forced his way through the defence.

Skolars had a chance to go into the lead, but just forced one pass to many as the ball went to ground on the wing.

They then had to withstand a period of sustained pressure and worked hard to keep the Crusadrs out, but that defensive effort on a heavy pitch was to take its toll later in the game. The North Welsh side went ahead two minutes before the break through Andy Gorski and they scored again two minutes after the restart when Skolars failed to gather a kick through, with Gary Middlehurst the grateful recepient.

After Rob Massam scored their fifth try, Skolars worked to make headway. Evan Simons was held up over the line before Dollapi crossed but the prop forward lost control of the ball. Crusaders took full advantage with tries for Leon Brennan and Christiaan Roets, along with a fine solo effort from Massam whose second try saw him evade five tacklers on his way to the try line.

1 Tommy Johnson
17 Stuart Reardon
3 Christiaan Roets
4 Leon Brennan
5 Rob Massam
6 Andy Moulsdale
7 Jamie Durbin
30 Owain Brown
14 Dave McConnell
16 Ryan Mac Donald
11 Andy Gorski
12 Gary Middlehurst
13 Jono Smith

Subs (all used)
10 Phil Braddish
27 Jamie Clarke
29 Stephen Bannister
9 Lee Hudson

Tries: Smith (6), Gorski (38,48), Middlehurst (42), Massam (54,74), Brennan (64), Roets (80)
Goals: 6/8

London Skolars
4 John Paxton
18 Chris McNamara
11 David Stephenson
30 Evan Simons
5 Ade Adebisi
26 Andy McLean
7 Dylan Skee
27 Erjon Dollapi
9 Martyn Smith
26 Olsi Krasniqi
12 Mike Worrincy
23 Jack Dillon
10 David Williams

Subs (all used)
14 Olly Bloom
13 Olly Purslow
16 Louis Robinson
8 Rob Thomas

Tries: Dollapi (22)
Goals: Skee 1/1

Penalty count: 5-8

Half-time: 12-6
Referee: Clint Sharrad

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 12-6, 18-6, 24-6, 28-6, 26-8, 34-6, 40-6, 44-6

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