South Wales Scorpions lose first game of season
SOUTH Wales Scorpions started badly — and didn't pick up — as they crashed to a 54-12 defeat to London Skolars in their first Northern Rail Cup game of the season.
It was a dreadful first half for the Welsh side as the Londoners dominated. And the second half followed a similar story as Scorpions were their worst enemy.
Skolars won early back-to-back sets, then a penalty, and it paid off as Rob Thomas stormed through from close range to give Skolars a fourth-minute lead. Dylan Skee converted.
Martyn Smyth chested a kick down on the fifth tackle and then Ollie Olds was given a yellow card for holding down too long in the tackle.
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This gave Skolars a chance to increase their lead and they didn't waste it. James Anthony stormed in for the second and Skee goaled.
Skee strolled in for Skolars' third try on 11 minutes and converted himself.
A dropped ball gave Skolars a chance for their fourth try. From the scrum, Oscar Thomas ran the ball over in the corner.
Their next try came after a good passing move involving Skee, James Anthony and Joe Price, and Smokie Junor finished it in the corner.
Sam Wellings was without enough support for a proper Scorpions assault on the line.
At the other end, James Anthony was unstoppable as he scored the Skolars' sixth try in the corner.
Scorpions had the opportunity for an early second-half try but Shae Lyon-Fraser's pass to Dalton Grant was too low and the chance was lost.
But from London's first major chance of the half, they scored, as David Stephenson sprinted through a gap.
Anthony ran through for his hat-trick from the next set and Skee converted again.
Scorpions finally got over the line after 57 minutes when Ollie Olds broke through the middle to ground.
After a hat-trick of tries, Anthony turned creator, running through the defence as Stephenson was given an easy touchdown under the sticks.
Jack Dylan went over in the corner for Skolars' tenth try with nine minutes remaining and Skee missed the tricky kick.
The Scorpions took advantage of the visitors being hit by a sin-binning, with Joe Burke scoring the final try of the game. Olds converted but it was no gloss on a miserable first outing for the Scorpions.