Impressive London Skolars romp to a crushing win

By Dominique Stafford in Rugby

THE London Skolars turned on the style on Friday as they ran in 12 tries on their way to securing a crushing 60-12 victory at home to Hemel Stags in rugby league’s Kingstone Press League One.

The hosts suffered an early setback as Mitch Vincent scored a try for the Stags inside two minutes, but it proved to be one-way traffic after this as Skolars’ forwards dominated.

Ryan Chester opened their account by touching down on seven minutes and the hosts took the lead for the first time midway through the half when Sam Nash dived over the line in the corner.

Phil Lyon then marked his home debut by scoring a try, while Lamont Bryan also touched down to leave the Skolars 20-6 ahead at the break – with Hemel’s hopes of getting back into the match suffering a further setback when Daniel Samuels saw red for dissent after the half-time hooter had gone.

And the hosts took full advantage of their extra man by cutting loose after the interval, with Louis Robinson, Nash and Brandon Pickersgill all touching down.

Nash then scored his third and fourth tries of the afternoon in quick succession, before Erjon Dollapi and Michael Sykes got their names on the scoresheet.

James Thornton grabbed a consolation try for the visitors, but it was the Skolars who had the final say as Eddie Mbaraga barged his way through a weary defence to cross the line. Dave Lawrence added six conversions.

With the London Skolars out of both cup competitions, their next match is not until they visit Doncaster on May 7.

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