Match Report – Raiders vs Skolars

1st June 2021

BetFred League 1 – 29 May 2021

West Wales Raiders 10 London Skolars 52

Skolars made it two wins on the trot with an emphatic win at Llanelli, with Omari Caro equalling the club record of five tries in a league game.

His hat-trick came in the first twenty minutes, with three very different tries. The opening score came in the fifth minute from a break down the right wing, the second when he took a kick from centrefield from Mike Bishay and the third came when West Wales tried to intercept what would have been a try creating pass, but they couldn’t hold onto it and he picked up a loose ball to touchdown, with Neil Thorman converting all three tries.

Skolars went further ahead when Thorman slipped a pass to James Tyas to crash through the defence. For the Raiders, Mike Connor lost the ball on the tryline under pressure from the defence, but they finally got onto the scoreboard just before half-time when Marcus Webb swerved around the defence 20 metres inside his own half before racing to the tryline, Will Ramsey converting to make the score 6-24 at the break.

The visitors re-asserted their dominance, again moving the ball to the right for Caro to score in the corner. With Thorman off the pitch he converted his own try. After Fraser Stroud evaded the defence to score for West Wales, Caro added a fifth try, taking a kick through from Jacob Thomas. This time Mike Bishay stepped up for the conversion, the only one Skolars missed all day.

Caro picked up kicking duties again a couple of minutes later after Jacob Thomas took a Christiab Gale offload to score after Eddie Mbaraga had made good yards from the kick-off. Gale scored himself a few minutes later. Caro converting to make it 26 points.

When Jy-Mel Coleman, on his temporary return to the club on loan from Hunslet, dummied before going in under the posts, Neil Thorman picked up the kicking duties again, leaing Caro two points short of a club record for points in a game since the club joined the professional leagues in 2003.

The match was played behind closed doors, as the regulations relating to professional sport and crowds in Wales due to Covid-19 still prevent spectators attending.

RAIDERS

4 Marcus Webb

20 Ryan Shallish

30 Callum Mulkeen

25 Jamie Laing

22 Michael Holden

31 William Ramsey

23 Fraser Stroud

8 Tom Morgan

15 Ashley Bateman

13 Morgan Evans

11 Mike Connor

17 Rhys Davies

12 Joe Burke

Subs (all used)

9 Daf Phillips

34 Ewan Badham

32 Ieuan Badham

27 Morgan Allen

Tries: Webb (39), Stroud (50)

Goals: Ramsey1/2

LONDON SKOLARS

6 Jacob Thomas

2 Omari Caro

3 Jonah Varela

4 Lameck Juma

25 Errol Carter

21 Jy-Mel Coleman

7 Mike Bishay

8 Christian Gale

9 Neil Thorman

10 James Tyas

12 Mike Greenhalgh

11 Paulos Latu

13 Will Blakemore

Subs (all used)

14 Tom Firth

15 Eddie Mbaraga

17 Mal Lloyd-Jones

19 Judd Greenhalgh

Tries: Caro (5,12,19,43,59) , Tyas (25), Thomas (62), Gale (68), Coleman (80)

Goals: Thorman 5/5, Caro 3/3, Bishay 0/1

Penalty count: 8-6

Half-time: 6-24

Referee: Tom Crashley

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18, 0-24, 6-24; 6- 30, 10-30, 10-23, 10-40, 10-46, 10-5


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