Skolars v Stags match report

6th April 2018

Betfred League 1, 30 March 2018

Hemel Stags 12 London Skolars 18

Skolars won for the first time this season in the Good Friday derby at Hemel Stags.

In the cold, muddy conditions at Pennine Way, ball handling was difficult for both sides. The Stags opened the scoring on the quarter hour when Jordan Fitzpatrick-Barry ran onto a quick to the left corner to score, Brad Hunter adding the conversion.

Skolars enjoyed a good period of possession after Jy-Mel Coleman regathered the ball from his own kick after a fumble by Hemel. Skolars forced a goal-line drop-out and them Coleman forced his way over the tryline, with Neil Thorman’s conversion levelling the scores.

Sam Nash was held up over the line, but with the rain lashing down, it was clear it would be a low scoring game and Skolars elected to kick a penalty from close range. Eddie Mbaraga made a 40 metre run from the kick-off and then Jake Melling was stopped on the tryline ater picking up a Thorman chip. Another penalty kick late in the half gave them a 6-10 lead at the break.

Thorman kicked his third penalty of the afternoon early in the second half. Skolars finally took a decisive lead when Eddie Mbaraga pushed his way through the defence on the right flank, Thorman adding his fifth goal of the afternoon.

Hemel’s chances of a comeback were dealt a blow when Chris Heil was sin-binned for disputing a penalty given against his side.  He had just returned to the field when the Stags forced a goal-line drop-out, after which Jonathan Burns slipped over to narrow the Skolars’ lead with two minutes remaining, but the visitors kicked deep at the restart and the Stags were never going to be able to run the length of the field before the final hooter sounded.


1 Elliott Hall

2 Vinny Finigan

3 Michael Brown

4 Jake Melling

5 Jacob Ogden

6 Jy-Mel Coleman

7 Neil Thorman

8 Will Martin

25 Charlie Lawrence

10 Lamont Bryan

11 Quinn Ngawati

22 Sam Nash

13 Ryan Chester


Subs (all used)

9 Billy Driver

16 Louis Robinson

14 Eddie Mbaraga

17 Omari Caro


Tries:  Coleman (22), Mbaraga (55)

Goals:  Thorman 5/5



22 Louis Sheriff

2 Marcus Elliot

23 Brad Hunter

4 Chris Heil

5 Jordan Fitzpatrick-Barry

14 Jack Mitchell

7 Kieran Smith

21 James Thorton

18 Ricky Hough

16 Lewis Taylor

3 Kadeem Williams

11 Sonny Esslemont

19 Marcus Stock


Subs (all used)

9 Jonathan Burns

15 Brad Adams

17 Santino Decaro

10 Warren Jowitt


Tries: Fitzpatrick-Barry (15), Burns (78)

Goals: Hunter 2/2
Sin-bin:  Heil (66) – backchat to referee


Penalty count: 6-12

Half-time: 6-12

Referee: Cameron Worsley


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 6-8, 6-10, 6-12, 6-18, 12-18

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