Skolars 24 All Golds 34

19th May 2014

Skolars enjoyed long periods of possession and territorial advantage in the second half of their first game at Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, but although they edged ahead with 12 minutes remaining, the All-Golds scored twice to record their first win against Skolars.

The visitors had taken an early lead after a Dennis Tuffour handing error allowed Daniel Spencer-Tonks to score. However, Tuffour soon made amends crashing through the defence after Skolars had pushed upfield with the help of some mishandling and a penalty.

Skolars’ defensive line was jagged as Aiden Jenkins breezed past it to score on the right to put the visitors in the lead again. Both sides then traded errors close to their opponents try line before Martyn Smith slipped over from dummy half, Sam Druce adding his second conversion.

The All-Golds again bounced back quickly through hard-working Jason Muranka, with Aiden Jenkins kicking their first conversion of the day. An error from the kick-off saw them have to defend again and although Lamont Bryan was held-up and Sam Druce went inches short of the line, they held out. Their next attack saw Casey Canterbury’s kick bobble out of Skolars’s grasp and back into his hands, going over in the right corner to give them a six point lead at half-time.

Muranka added his second try soon after the restart with Skolars’ defence failing to get near him, but the AllGolds were disrupted by injuries to Danny Fallon and Sam Te’o.

It was Skolars first game at  the home of Enfield Town FC, where they will play until the start of August whilst an artificial pitch is installed at New River and  they started to look at home as they took the game into Gloucestershire’s half for a large period of the second half. They narrowed the deficit through Mike Worrincy, whose diagonal run to the line for a try was converted by former All-Gold Matt Bradley, who had come on as a substitute and taken over kicking duties.

After forcing a goal line drop-out, Skolars went ahead after good work by James Woodburn-Hall, who created problems for the opposition throughout the game. However, the next time the All-Golds had possession, Skolars conceded a penalty and after Jarrad Ward had gone close, a large gap opened in the defence for Izaak Duffy to score, Jenkins conversion extending the lead to four points.

Skolars had an excellent chance to regain the lead when Dennis Tuffour made a break down the middle from his own half, but hadn’t got the legs to go the whole distance on a stiflingly hot afternoon. Even so, Skolars will be rueing one of many mistakes close to the tryline as they lost the ball on the left hand side, Canterbury being the grateful recipient as he raced 70 metres to put the All-golds out of reach.

Skolar’s coach Joe Mbu was succinct in his criticism of his side’s performance. “We had good territorial advantage, but didn’t convert that into tries. We lost the ball in their half numerous times and no side can make those sort of mistakes and expect to win”.


1 Dennis Tuffour

20 Judd Greenhalgh

3 John Paxton

31 Lamont Bryan

5 Jamie O’Callaghan

6 James Woodburn-Hall

4 Sam Druce

10 David Williams

9 Martyn Smith

20 Patelisio Pelo

11 Mike Worrincy

12 Will Lovell

13 Olly Purslow


Subs (all used)

8 Ryan McDonald

34 Erjon Dollapi

13 Louis Robinson

7 Matt Bradley


Tries: Tuffour (4), Smith (24), Worrincy (58), Woodburn-Hall (68)

Goals: Druce 2/2, Bradley 2/2



1 Phil Cowburn

4 Aiden Jenkins

2 Jarrad Ward

11 Sam Te’o

8 Daniel Spencer-Tonks

6 Danny Fallon

7 Danny Thomas

18 James Walters

19 Craig Cook

10 Izaak Duffy

16 Jason Muranka

12 Miles Fairbank

13 Brendan Smith


Subs (all used)

14 Joe McClean

15 Harry Chapman-Walker

17 Jack Francis

5 Casey Canterbury


Tries: Spencer-Tonks (3), Jenkins (9), Muranka (27,46), Canterbury (35,78), Duffy (74)

Goals: Fallon 0/1, Jenkins 3/6



Penalty count: 10-7


Half-time: 12-18

Referee: Jamie Bloem

Attendance: 398


SCORING SEQUENCE:  0-4, 6-4, 6-8, 12-8, 12-14, 12-18.,12-22, 18-22, 24-22, 24-28, 24-34

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