MATCH REPORT | COVENTRY BEARS VS LONDON SKOLARS

22nd August 2017

Kingstone Press League 1 – 20 August 2017

 

Coventry Bears 14 London Skolars 50

 

A record-equalling fifth consecutive win for Skolars saw them consolidate their position in the top two in the Shield, having won all three games since the league split into two for the final two months of the season.

 

Despite the final scoreline, it was far from plain sailing in the first half. Coventry took the lead after five minutes when Kieran Sharratt gathered a chip-kick over the Skolars’ defence. There was a further blow for Skolars when Charlie Lawrence went off after knock to the head soon afterwards and took no further part in the game. A high tackle on Phil Lyon saw Chris Barratt sin-binned and Skolars scored from the next set, Michael Sykes scoring under the posts.

 

Despite being a man short, the Bears regained the lead when Hayden Freeman broke down the win before offloading to Mikey Russell. Skolars fought back, Mike Bishay finishing off a Dave Williams break. Williams scored just before half-time when he took a short pass from Jermaine Coleman for Skolars to lead 10-17 at half-time.

 

The second half saw Skolars in control. A late tackle on Phil Lyon saw them start an attacking set close to the tryline and Louis Robinson crashed over. Then Eddie Mbaraga took the ball on the right 30 metres out, brushing off the full-back to score. Coventry won possession from a short kick-off and were rewarded with a try for Jason Bass, but Skolars took control again. Player/coach Jermaine Coleman, in his 150th game for the club, timed his run onto his brother’s kick to perfection. Josh Allison scored his 11th try of the season, before Bishay added his second of the game from another Jy-Mel Coleman kick, the latter adding his seventh conversion of the afternoon.

 

The scoring was rounded off as Kazeem Faturoti-Edwards sliced through the defence to score in the right corner as Skolars reached the half-century.

 

A win on Friday against South Wales Scorpions will see Skolars top the table.

 

Coventry Bears

1 Mikey Russell

2 Hayden Freeman

3 Jason Bass

4 Matthew Reid

5 Jamahl Hunte

6 Paul Emanuelli

7 Brad Delaney

17 Brad Brennan

9 Billy Gaylor

10 Paddy Jones

11 Kieran Sherratt

12 Chris Barratt

13 Zak Williams

 

Subs (all used)

14 James Kelly

19 Jack Morrison

16 Elliott Davies

16 Alex Beddows

8 James Guertjens

 

Tries: Sherrat (5), Russell (20), Bass (55)

Goals: Delaney 1/3


London Skolars

7 Mike Bishay

1 Jacob Ogden

3 Josh Allison

4 Lameck Juma

24 Michael Brown

29 Jermaine Coleman

6 Jy-Mel Coleman

25 Michael Sykes

11 Lamont Bryan

10 Dave Williams

12 Eddie Mbaraga

23 Will Martin

 

Subs (all used)

14 Phil Lyon

15 Kazeem Faturoti-Edwards

8 Louis Robinson

18 Michael Greenhalgh

 

Tries: Sykes (10), Bishay (25,69), Williams (38), Robinson (47), Mbaraga (51), Jermaine Coleman (60), Allison (64), Faturoti-Edwards (72)

Goals: Jy-Mel Coleman 7/9

 

Penalty count: 4-6

 

Half-time: 10-18

Referee: Steve Race

Attendance: 268

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 4-6, 10-6, 10-12, 10-18, 10-24, 10-30, 14-30, 14-36, 14-40, 14-46, 14-50


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