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Your News London South Africa 19 - Effingham & Leatherhead 12

On Saturday 14 February the London South Africa Warriors welcomed the Effingham & Leatherhead Eagles to their home ground Imber Court. After a few weeks of snow and rain the pitch looked treacherous but both teams were eager to narrow the 5 point gap between them on the League Table.

Right from the first whistle the condition of the soggy pitch threatened to slow down play, but the Warriors were determined to make every pass count. They had a great run up the far touch line but the Eagles’ defense made sure they ran out of space. A driving maul towards the visitor’s try line made for some nail-biting moments, but Effingham & Leatherhead turned the opportunity around forcing a penalty in the 15th minute – which they couldn’t convert to points. LSA made another attempt at crossing the Eagles’ try line only minutes later but were stopped short again.

The first score for the game came in the 25th minute for the determined LSA Warriors when a great run paid off with a converted try. It looked like the Eagles were caught on the back foot when the Warriors went on to score another converted try only a minute later and the flood gates opened: 14 – 0.

Just before half time the Eagles seemed to join the party when they made their own debut on the scorecard with a first try, although the conversion was not to be: 14 – 5.

After a brief breather and team talk both teams took to the rapidly deteriorating pitch for the second half. The Eagles made their intensions clear right from the kickoff dodging and weaving past the LSA defense for their second try, adding the conversion as well. The Warriors worked hard and although the Eagles missed another penalty 10 minutes later they never lost their focus.

Good defensive play and focus in the 20th minute brought LSA within sight of the Eagles’ 25 and a scrum and a hard maul later the ball was carried over the try line for the third LSA try. The conversion proved a little more illusive, but the score told the real story: 19 – 12

The last part of the match was to be an uphill struggle for the Eagles as they could not penetrate the LSA defense. In the dying minutes of the game LSA made a final attempt at adding to their score, but it was not to be, and the final score of 19 – 12 was a testament of the hard work the team has been putting in over last few weeks.

Team Manager Trevor Johnson said that considering the lack of training time in the last two weeks and the treacherous surface of the pitch the team played well in certain phases – although they could have done better. He’s looking forward to getting training back on track this week.


LSA XV: Morné Swanepoel, Dave Kelly, Trevor Grundeligh, Nick Osman, Mark Cockeram, Matt Fendick, Chaz Wilson, Gerrie Krüger, Werner Swanepoel, Gregg Quixley, André Retief, Tom Lloyd, Mark Porter, Tiaan Visser, Anton Kriel, Francois Wiese, Jian Henn, Derren Letcher


Next Game (Away): Guernsey, Saturday 21 February – kick-off 14:00

Next Home Game: London Cornish, Saturday 28 February.

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