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There was much anticipation of this match between third and first in the league at Roehampton, Park, unbeaten in the league home or away since early defeats at Ealing and London Scottish had every reason to feel hopeful of victory against the league leaders. In the end it turned out that the visitors made fewer mistakes at critical junctures and made pressure turn into the points that mattered.

London Scottish had the advantage of a stiffish breeze in the first half and after Park had had the better of the opening exchanges, but in the visitors first foray into the home 22 Park won the ball and then conceded a penalty for holding on in the tackle. A drive by the Scottish forwards and quick ball saw full back Lee Rust go over close to the corner flag but the conversion was unsuccessful.

The crowd of over a thousand then witnessed two magnificent tries, worthy of anyone's admission money, First Parks committed defence stopped the Scots under the posts, but they were unable to counter a magnificent cross kick on the turn by fly half James Brown, and Rust ran onto the high ball to touch down. Great stuff.

In the 30th minute Adam Gates made a clean break for Park and for all the world it appeared a deliberate knock on by the Scottish defence, but only a scrum was given and the chance had gone. Five minutes later Captain Rob Jewell tore through the Scottish central defence and shipped the ball onto Alex Cadwallader who scored under the posts giving Dylan Pugh a simple conversion.

Only 3 points adrift at the break (7-10) and with the benefit of the strong breeze in the second half, Park would have hoped that this would be decisive, but it was not to be. An early penalty by Amor stretched the lead and Park then found themselves under pressure for long periods in the second half, and it was only magnificent defence that kept the Scottish out. Several unforced errors served to keep Park under the cosh, and when Park did find themselves in opposition territory the Scottish defence was likewise equal to the task.

In the 37th minute Amor made a hash of a drop goal, but the killer try came a couple of minutes later when Amor made a break into the Park 22, was caught, and in a melee of of players somehow wriggled free to burst over the line for the crucial score. It was pretty tough on Park who had defended with tremendous skill and commitment, but over the 80 minutes the scoreline just about represented territory and possession.

Park

Simmons, Swords, Cadwallader, Jewell, Canty/ Mahony, Pugh, Barr, Huggett, Tauialo/Ritchie, Frazier/Charlton, Quigley, Forster, Jones, Anayi, Gates/Underwood

Underwood blood sub for Gates

Scorers

Park

Try Cadwallader Con Pugh

Lon Scottish

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