London Clash Match Report

29th January 2015



Skolars fell to defeat in the derby game against Broncos on their return to New River after redvelopment. The friendly was their first game on the new artificial pitch ahead of the new season which starts in March.

Broncos took an early lead when Brad Dwyer and Ben Helliwell combined to put Iliess Macani over. After Sam Druve had gone close at the other end a speculative pass was intercepted by Hellliwell who ran deep into the Skolars’ half, but it was the home side that scored next when Saaaed Agboke intercepted and raced to the other end of the field.

A high kick from Oscar Thomas was well taken by James Anthony, but he was bundled into to the in goal area. The resulting goal line drop out saw Alex Walker go over for Broncos’ second try.

Broncos added two further tries in quick succession. Jon Wallace pushed his way to the line under the posts, with James Antony spraining his ankle badly in the attempt to stop the prop. Skolars also picked up further injuries with Will Fairhurst and Dave Williams both taking knocks to the head and Michael Greenhalgh injuring his knee. Broncos fourth try came when Joel Wicks slipped the ball out for Alex Walker to score his second  of the say.

Broncos nearly scored again just before half-time but Thomas’ pass to Sean Morris was just forward. They added a further try soon after the restart when Macani took a quick tap restart on the twenty. He was chased down five metres from the line, but Thomas was on hand to finish off, also slotting over his fourth conversion.

Brad Dwyer and Oscar Thomas both created problems for the home side’s defence, whilst Vince Spurr put in some challenging high kicks for Skolars, but the game became a little scrappy in the second half. Whilst the pitch may have played like it was summer, hands were still winter cold and both sides didn’t control attacking moves as well they might have liked.

Skolars continued to work hard and Aaron Small did well as acting full-back to win a kick chase with Macani and avoid being dragged over the tryline.

Walker recorded his hat-trick when Skolars failed to defend a grubber kick before Tuoyo Egodo burst through the defence 20 metres out to record his side’s seventh try.

Skolars enjoyed some good possession in the last ten minutes. Sam Wellings just managing to force his way through the defence. Michael Sykes was less easy to stop just before the hooter, but Joe Mbu will be glad it’s five weeks before the season starts so that the injuries can recover.



1 James Anthony

2 James Carty

3 Kazeem Fatouri-Edwards

4 Aaron Small

5 Saeed Agboke

6 Will Fairhurst

7 Vince Spurr

8 Louis Robinson

9 Sam Druce

10 David Williams

11 Louie Sutherland

12 Anthony Cox

13 Dion Chapman


Subs (all used)

14 James Mason

15 Michael Sykes

16 Dave Ellison

17 Seb Kolasa

18 Michael Greenhalgh

19 Callum Adetona

20 Mike Benson

21 Matt Lyle

22 Sam Wellings


Tries: Agnoke (19), Wellings (73), Sykes (80)

Goals: Druce 1/3



1 Iliess Macani

2 Sean Morris

3 Tuoyo Egodo

4 Ben Hellewell

5 Alex Walker

6 Oscar Thomas

7 Joe Glover

8 Jonathan Wallace

9 Brad Dwyer

10 Toby Everett

11 Oli Toms

12 Harvey Burnett

13 Joel Wicks


Subs (all used)

14 Matt Davis

15 Ben Gray

16 Callum Bustin

17 Sadiq Adebiyi

18 Erjon Dollapi

19 Ben Pointer

20 Matt Davies


Tries: Macani (11), Walker (24,28,63), Wallace (26),Thomas (43), Egodo (67)

Goals:  Thomas 4/5, Glover 0/2


Penalty count: 9-3


Half-time: 8-36

Referee: Jamie Bloem

Attendance: 568


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 4-6, 4-10, 4-16, 4-22, 4-28, 4-32, 4-36, 8-36, 14-36

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