Skolars v Midlands August 5th Betfred League One Match Report

8th August 2023

Betfred League 1 – 5th August 2023

London Skolars 18 Midlands Hurricanes 38


Skolars dominated the first half of the game, but couldn’t make that possession count and are now eight points adrift at the foot of the table with four games remaining.


The Hurricanes took a lead in the second minute after  Skolars failed to make safe a kick into their in-goal area, Matt Welham being alert to the opportunity. However, the scores were levelled three minutes later, when Tommy Porter scooted over from dummy half. The young hooker was creating problems for the defence early on meaning that the Hurricanes were regularly starting sets deep in their own half. When they lost possession on their own 30 metre line, Skolars took advantage as they shifted the ball to Lameck Juma, Alex Deery adding the conversion.

The lead was short-lived with Mackenzie Turner touching down with Izaac Farrell adding the extras for the visitors. With Liam O’Callaghan playing in the halves, it was another half-back combination for a side which lack the cohesion to challenge the defence meaningfully. A loose pass was picked up by Tom Wilkinson who released Jake Sweeting to race 70 metres to the try line. They went further ahead after the hooter when Farrell regathered his own chip kick before passing wide to Matty Chrimes to score in the corner.


Heavy rain made handling difficult for both sides throughout the game. However, Midlands were able to turn a mistake to their advantage, managing to regather the ball when it was lost backwards before moving the ball out to the right for Welham’s second try. A penalty goal soon afterwards put them three converted scores ahead.


A high deep kick  created uncertainty between David Bofenda and Louis O’Sullivan and the resultant knock-on gave the visitors a scrum inside the home side’s 20 metre area. The Hurricanes visitors scored a fifth unanswered try when Turner scored his second try wide on the right, Farrell’s conversion hitting the upright.


Neither side made any meaningful attack for the next quarter of an hour, but Midlands had a good chance when Farrell’s deep kick forced Skolars to turn. Turner was the first over the line, but overshot the ball. Skolars paused momentarily giving a Welham a chance to get to the ball. He didn’t ground it cleanly, but the referee adjudged that one of the attackers had been held back.  A cut-off pass to Turner saw him record his hat-trick.


Skolars scored a late try when Mal Lloyd -Jones broke the defence before offloading to Matt Ross to score under the posts, but it was scant consolation for the Skolars.



1 Louis O’Sullivan

2 Leighton Ball

3 Luciano Bejandidze

4 Lameck Juma

5 David Bofenda

6 Alex Deery

7 Liam O’Callaghan

10Todd Peut

9 Tommy Porter

15 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

11 Max Allen

21 Lamont Bryan

15 Matt Ross


Subs (all used)

14 Doug Chirnside

19 Jack Hughes

8 Christian

12 Fraser Peircy-Farley

22 Delaine Bedward


Tries: Porter (5), Juma (13), Ross (80)

Goals: Deery 3/3



1 Todd Horner

2 Mackenzie Turner

3 Matt Welham

4 Macauley Hallett

10 Matty Chrimes

6 Jake Sweeting

7 Izaac Farrell

20 Jon-Luke Kirby

23 Dan Barcoe

15 Elllis Hobson

24 Tom Wilkinson

21 Aaron Levy

17 Aaron Willis


Subs (all used)

9 Elliott Windley

8 Kieron Moran

22 Toby Richardson

11 Jack Dawson


Tries: Welham (2, 45), Turner (16, 55. 70), Sweeting (32), Chrimes (40)

Goals: Farrell 5/8


Penalties: 4-4

Half-time: 12-12

Referee: Luke Bland

Att: 204


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 12-6, 12-12, 12-18, 12-22; 12-28, 12-30, 12-34, 12-38, 18-38

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