THE London Skolars were outclassed in the first half on Sunday as they suffered a 46-16 defeat at home to Workington Town in rugby league’s Kingstone Press League One.
It took the hosts just four minutes to break the deadlock as Theerapol Ritson took advantage of a couple of errors to claim the opening try of the match.
Michael Greenhalgh had a try ruled out for the Skolars for crossing before Workington pulled further clear on 17 minutes when Gabriel Fell touched down.
Louis Robinson opened the visitors’ account by claiming an unconverted try five minutes later, but Workington then took over complete control of the match by crossing the line three times in quick succession in the closing stages of the first half, with Ritson scoring twice more to complete a hat-trick and Brett Phillips also scoring a try.
Carl Forber added another two conversions to his earlier two to leave the hosts 28-4 ahead at the interval.
Workington further extended their advantage within four minutes of the restart as Jamie Doran picked up a loose ball inside his own half and raced clear to score a converted try.
Jy-Mel Coleman stopped the rot by touching down for the Skolars soon after, but they continued to struggle and Macauley Davies ghosted through their defensive line to score the hosts’ seventh try.
Ritson ran virtually the length of the field to grab his fourth try of the match on the hour, but the Skolars finished the match strongly and dominated the last 20 minutes – getting some reward for their efforts when Andy Winfield crossed the line under the posts seven minutes from time. Coleman converted both of their second-half tries.
The London Skolars host Hunslet on Saturday.