Mis­er­able end for Richards as Ex­iles cave again

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By LUKE JARMYN

A SOLO try by re­place­ment Charles Thacker on the fi­nal play saw Not­ting­ham end their hoodoo in the cap­i­tal with a stylish eight-try rout of Scot­tish.

A hat-trick from wing James Stephen­son, a brace by prop Ben­jamin Hooper as well as scores by hooker An­to­nio Har­ris and wing Wil­liam Robin­son saw the green-and-whites grab their first win in Lon­don at the fifth at­tempt this sea­son.

Not­ting­ham head coach Ian Costello said: “We’ve strug­gled on the road to Lon­don and come out of a tough pe­riod since Jan­uary where our form has been off, but the last cou­ple of weeks we have turned a cor­ner. I’m very pleased we’ve got three in a row.

“Our maul was very strong and got us a foothold in the game, we scored on the back of some good de­fence pas­sages.”

Not­ting­ham be­gan with real in­tent and con­trolled the game for the first 20 min­utes with a phys­i­cal threat the Scot­tish de­fen­sive line could not con­tain.

A kick to touch in the sec­ond minute led to a catch and drive try with Hooper touch­ing down.

Five min­utes later and af­ter another Not­ting­ham line-out, the ball went wide right where wing Stephen­son sprinted over the line.

The Ex­iles then saw a try to wing Ja­son Har­ries dis­al­lowed for a for­ward pass and the boys in green ex­tended their lead with another catch and drive score by hooker Har­ris.

Just be­fore the half-hour mark, the game turned into a brawl but no cards were shown and Not­ting­ham got the try bonus in the 38th minute af­ter a cross-field kick from Ge­orge Worth was fin­ished by Hooper.

But Ex­iles grabbed the last word be­fore the break when Pete Ly­don’s kick-

chase bounced per­fectly for a well-poised try, which the Eal­ing-bound back duly con­verted.

Not­ting­ham were pinned in their 22 af­ter the break and af­ter three 5m line-outs failed to bear fruit for Scot­tish, a break by cen­tre Alec Coombes opened up wing Ja­son Har­ries for the try.

Not­ting­ham hit back with two tries from Stephen­son, who used his pace to get past the Ex­iles line. And af­ter Ly­don saw yel­low for tack­ling a player in the air, Not­ting­ham back Mur­ray McCon­nell opened up for Robin­son to dot down.

Not­ting­ham prop Thomas Heard went to the bin for a high tackle and Scot­tish linked well for a late Har­ries try be­fore Thacker got the fi­nal score.

De­part­ing Scot­tish coach Pete Richards said: “It was an anti-cli­max. Again bar­ring a score at the end of the first-half, we had prob­a­bly al­ready lost the game. Lots of ef­fort has ended with some heavy de­feats.”

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