Skolars See Off Oxford at Home

14th March 2016

Oxford 12th March

 

Kingstone Press League 1

London Skolars 26 Oxford 16

Skolars won their first home game of the league campaign, but were made to work hard by a determined Oxford side.

They went into an early lead when Jermaine Coleman offloaded for Will Lovell to score down the right and went further ahead when they created an overlap for John Paxton to race over in the left corner, Charlie Lawrence adding the conversion.

Oxford came back after an error from a high kick gave the visitors a scrum five metres from the tryline. Casey Canterbury took the ball from the base of the scrum and raced past the defence with worrying ease. Oxford then enjoyed a period of sustained possession. Canterbury was held up over the line and the visitors earned two goal line drop outs.

But Skolars defence held firm and they started to control the game again. Louis Robinson’s introduction from the bench saw him make several yard-gaining runs. Ben Pointer was held up over the tryline. When he picked up the ball from dummy half after the next tackle, he nipped over the line. Mikre Bishay took over the kicking duties with Lawrence off the field and his conversion gave Skolars a solid 16-6 lead at half-time.

Skolars went further ahead soon after the break when Jon Magrin found space on the left flank. Both sides struggled to mount a meaningful attack until just after the hour mark. Skolars lost possession then conceded a penalty. That gave Oxford a good position and Harvey Burnett (who played for Skolars last season whilst on dual registration from Broncos scored down the right. They narrowed the gap to 6 points with 10 minutes remaining when Tom Holmes chipped the ball past Alex Anthony and regathered to race 30 metres to the tryline, Nathan Kitson adding the conversion.

However, Skolars had the final say when Eddie Mbaraga broke through the Oxford defence a couple of minutes later, to the delight of the crowd, many of whom had raced to the game after seeing London Broncos win at Ealing earlier in the afternoon.

 

SKOLARS

1 Alex Anthony

2 Sam Nash

3 Aaron Small

4 Joe Price

5 John Paxton

6 Jermaine Coleman

7 Mike Bishay

8 Michael Sykes

9 Charlie Lawrence

11 Toby Everett

13 Eddie Mbaraga

12 Will Lovell

10 Dave Williams

 

Subs

14 Ben Pointer

19 Erjon Dollapi

16 Jon Magrin

17 Louis Robinson

 

Tries: Lovell (4), Paxton (8), Pointer (35), Magrin (44), Mbaraga (72)

Goals: Lawrence 1/2, Bishay 2/3

 

OXFORD

1 Nathan Kitson

2 Connor Hughes

3 Andy Hoggins

4 Harvey Burnett

5 Josh Nathaniel

6 Tom Holmes

7 Aaron Dubek

8 Dan Igbinedon

9 Casey Canterbury

10 Izaac Duffy

11 Mark Hayes

12 James Harrison

13 Marcus Brooker

 

Subs (all used)

14 Santino Decaro

15 Tom Davies

16 Adam Flintham

17 Josh Thomas

 

Tries: Canterbury (17), Burnett (62), Tom Holmes (70)

Goals: Kitson 2/3

 

Penalty count: 8-10

 

Half-time: 16-6

Referee: Warren Turley

Attendance: 331

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 10-0, 10-6, 16-6, 22-6, 22-10, 22-16, 26-16


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