London Scottish Lions 2nd XV 40 – 12 Ickenham 12
Middlesex Merit Table 2
On the south side of the A4 it was a bitterly cold afternoon at the Richmond Athletic Ground. Both teams were tentative at the start as they weighed each other up.
Scottish soon settled into their game, taking the lead in the 18th minute – with their first try and conversion. Now into their stride, the Lions 2ndXV kept the pressure on the opposition with an immediate but costly second try in the 20th minute – that saw try scorer Ross Mackie substituted through injury and the captain Liam Russell also coming off with a groin strain, which was sustained as he attempted his second (missed) conversion.
Scottish were consistent with their pressure and fronted a strong defence, keeping the opposition at bay when they tested the defensive line. The first half came to an end with a try from hooker David Greene. This was converted with a dropkick by the stand-in captain Rob Radcliffe.
The second half got off to a slow start. The opposition’s hard work finally paid off, with a try in the 50th min, alas no conversion. Scottish responded positively and no more than five minutes later, a try and a conversion crossed out Ickenham’s effort.
Greene put in a strong showing on home turf, controlling a tricky highball with his foot, allowing him to get the ball out wide and onto rapid youngster Manasa Lin, making a debut for the Lions after a long period of unavailability this season.
The opposition, down, but not out, still had some fight left in them. A line out on the Scottish 5 meter line, despite a strong defence, allowed the opposition to break through the Scottish defence for a try in the 72nd min – followed by a well kicked conversion near the touch line.
Scottish sealed the deal with a final try in the 77th minute – which was followed up by an impressive dropkick conversion from edge of pitch by the stand in stand-in captain.