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London Skolars boost Northern Rail Cup hopes with University of Gloucestershire win
1:50pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
London Skolars are on the verge of reaching the knockout stages of the Northern Rail Cup after a comfortable 20-0 win over University of Gloucestershire All Golds.
It was their third win in a row and leaves them needing just a bonus point from their last group game to go through and compete for the Plate final which features the two group stage winners.
Heavy rain during the match made it extremely difficult for both sides to keep control of the ball in muddy conditions.
Smokie Junor was denied a try early on for the second game in a row when he slipped a foot into touch when clear.
Another opportunity went begging when James Anthony passed the ball out close to the line after the tackle had been completed.
But the breakthrough came when Dylan Skee’s pass set up Joe Price who charged over the line.
The visitors went close when Rich Jones was stopped five metres out.
The Skolars punished them with their second try when Rob Thomas forced his way through the defence.
The All Golds made a bright start to the second half and went close through a run by Matt Bradley.
Skolars added their third try of the match though when Skee released Louis Robinson for the finish.
Gloucestershire had a couple of golden opportunities to get off the mark but the final pass let them down.
Joe Mbu’s side completed the victory with a late penalty from Skee.
The Skolars’ final group game is on Sunday when they travel to Rochdale Hornets.