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London Scottish get preseason off to winning start

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There were tries aplenty as the Exiles romped to a 24 – 47 victory at Rosslyn Park on the weekend.

The pre season clash at Priory Lane gave fans their first look at their new summer signings, as Dave Morris named a 37 man squad, and they did not disappoint, with centres Ross Neal and Ben Mosses both bagging braces on their debuts and Joe Luca Smith, Ewan McQuillin and Dan George all crossing the whitewash.

Basil Strang also got his first run out, despite having only just joined up with his new side, slotting 5 conversions in a 5o minute performance that saw him play at both fly half and fullback.

You can catch highlights from the 11 try thriller below.

Focus will now turn to the Cardiff Blues, who the Exiles welcome to the Athletic Ground on Saturday.

11 Responses

  1. Some top quality handling and offloading – great to watch. Although Rosslyn Park aren’t in the same league. Literally.
    The Blues will be a sterner challenge and will show whether Scottish are in a position to challenge for the title this season. Even a narrow loss would give hope that a top 4 finish is possible, or even expected.

  2. Very difficult to take much from this. It was played in sets of 30 / 30 / 20 with different XV’s for each set. I liked Mosses and Neal at centre, but then I expected to. There is next to zero chance of challenging for the title. Bristol will almost certainly win all their games, the vast majority with a try bonus. Realistically comfortable mid table will be an achievement given the wholesale changes, both in squad and management. That said I think Dave Morris and his coaching staff are on the right track. Phil Sharpe gave an excellent post match interview.

    Much depends on how well other sides who have tightened their belt cope with altered circumstances.

    It’s a really tough start to the season and with the odd session on Saturday last and only Cardiff to come we may be a bit undercooked. That said, Leeds, or whoever they are calling themselves this year only have one preseason outing so that might be an interesting start!

  3. Much more to the point LS recorded a solid 30 – 12 opening win over Yorkshire Carnegie, last season’s beaten play off finalists. A very close game closed out by 2 LS tries in the last 10 minutes that they dominated.

    Very necessary as LS have a really tough start, Bedford, then Nottingham followed by Ealing, Bristol and Doncaster (not in that order, I’ve forgotten). Bedford look to have recruited well and I expect a very tough test at Goldington Road next week.

    At any rate, plaudits to the coaching team and the players. An excellent start.

    1. Pleased to hear that. Must get over to see LS at least once this year. Only about 70 miles as the crow flies from NE Essex, but a pain in the neck journey whether by car or public transport. What numbers do they usually get for home games?

  4. Ok, in the correct order – Ealing (a), Donny (h) and Bristol (a). Average crowd is around 1100. That said there are clear exceptions, mostly Bedford turn up in numbers and I think Bristol probably will, and then there’s the home derby with our ‘very noisy neighbours’. I don’t expect much in the way of travelling support from Hartpury.

    Must admit I was surprised by the margin. I had a good feeling going into the game as YC had no visible preseason to talk of, have changed coach and lost a number of front line players. The same could be said about LS.

    It’s a much better squad than last year for sure.

  5. No problem. Bit early to tell how things will go, but it was an encouraging start. Even with the caveats I put out YC are a very decent start.

    Think Morris the new DoR is right on the money and although I’m sure there will be set backs, there are in Championship terms some very top signings – he’s managed to sell the model, some FT, some PT (obviously at top level there’s great connections), no real reason it can’t work. Not quite the same as Bedford, but not far off, and they have been a consistently decent side at Championship level generally playing a good attacking brand of rugby.

    Until the powers that be at Twickers find their gin cabinet has run dry, the game sarf of the border will be run by PRL for the benefit of PRL and no-one else, as Ade will testify.

    Anyway, having watched Glasgow create the only two moments of quality in quite appalling conditions in Galway I am happy, three from three on the opening day.

  6. And a little less happy with this week’s showing. Bedford at Goldington Road with the infamous slope is always a tough ask, but to ship 44 is disappointing. Still, Scottish stuck to their task and got the 4 try BP in the last minute.
    Nottingham next up, and we don’t have the best of records against them. Hope we can give the RAG something to cheer about.

    1. Watched the highlights – was it me or was it speeded up sometimes ? Sadly not looking like I’ll get to the RAG before Donny, but have persuaded SWMBO that a long weekend in Jersey in November is just what she’s always wanted ! £ 40 for the return flight – had to be done.

      1. Thought the same! Bedford’s backs are quick though!! Jersey’s probably the best away game of all.

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