Cardiff 10 v 26 London Scottish
11 August 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
London Scottish

Match Report

Cardiff 10 London Scottish 26

The sun shone on the Arms Park for the start of the home pre-season friendly fixtures for the Blue & Blacks but a professional performance by London Scottish saw them defeat Cardiff for the first time.


It nearly started so well fro the home side as pressure on the Scottish scrum put the half backs under pressure near their own line. Dan Crimmins charged down the clearance only to see the ball run agonisingly over the dead ball line.


Scottish though scored first. Scrum half Jamie Stevenson sneaking over in the corner from scort range before a break by impressive full back James Love linked up with Dave McCall to score, Phil Godman converted.


Joe Griffin was on target for the Blue & Blacks with a long range penalty before Dan Crimmins was rewarded from the back of a line out with a try just before half time, Griffin converted to leave the score at the break two points in the visitors clear at the break.


The second half was controlled by former Scotland international Godman, his kicking pinned the home side back and he was able to put his back line on the front foot when the Scottish pack gave him the ball. When Shaun Powell was binned mid way through the half for a high tackle the visitors took complete control.


First James Love was put clear after a miss move in the centre, he added the extras himself. Two minutes later and the game was up for the Blue & Blacks when replacement Ollie Grove scorched into the corner.


The work rate and skill set was far better than the week before in the monsoon at Barry and the coaching staff will have been please with the effort from the team against a very experienced semi professional Championship outfit. There will be another test from that division next week in the for of Bedford on Friday, but with the team improving week on week the team will be looking to go up another gear before the start of the season proper.