The Lions continued their superiority in the league as they comfortable strolled to a 105-5 win over Pinner.
Scottish showed a ruthless edge throughout the game to secure their first league win of over 100 points since being formed this summer. In a game with a lot of points scored, the difference was mainly around the Lions’ ability to have multiple runners ready to carry the ball.
From the first whistle the Lions were happy to move through a number of phases to build pressure on Pinner. Often the constant work required to hold the attack took too much of a toll on a decent Pinner side. The Lions were happy to either send the ball wide or find holes to explore through the middle, and the energy level of the home side was notable.
Notable improvements from Scottish in the game came from a more dominant scrum and better retention of the ball for longer periods. Clearer and simpler decision making was apparent, with lots learnt in recent weeks against Merlins and Cuffley. Forwards were willing runners which allowed the back line time and space to move the ball around.
Pinner had their moments and gave it their all to keep going again and again. However, it was the sheer weight of numbers and waves of attack made by the Lions that ensured the task of defending the Scots was somewhat of a thankless endeavour. The visitors deserved a try after spending time in the Lions’ 22, and they got it when the Lions failed to clear properly, a momentary lapse in concentration in an otherwise superb performance.
It was a sizeable win, but for the Lions, it was more important to get a good return to league fixtures, after a week away from the competition. Scottish will aim to continue this run with their last league game before the Christmas break, away to London French this weekend (Sat 8th Dec).
The Lions 2nd XV is in action at home versus Old Priorians, and support is welcomed from Scottish rugby fans across London.