Scotland Students Vs Tartarstan Students
Scotland 23-18 Tartarstan Venue: Padova, Italy 19th
Students Rugby League caused a sensation in Padova, Italy.
They stormed back to gain an outstanding victory against tough
opposition of Tartarstan, the Russian State who are seeded 2nd
in Europe, one placing higher than Scotland. After facing a
worrying deficit of 14-0 after only 15 minutes of play, the
Scots fought back to seal an ecstatic victory of 23-18.
The Scots kicked off to a very tentaive start, being punished
for their nervous mistakes by the immensely powerful
Tartarstan team. However the Scots regained their composure
producing a tally of superb team and individual tries, topped
by Peter Oshagbemi's try of the tour. After creeping back
through well earned tries from Peter Shaw and Chris Fletcher,
Oshagbemi stole the lead with a try that can only be described
as a superbly skillful individual effort. The Scots were
looking at another Tartarstan offensive right on their
try-line but Oshagbemi took possession from the 5th tackle
kick, penetrated the defensive line, handing off two and
weaving past his stunned opposition. Oshagbemi sprinted the
length of the pitch, accelerating past both winger and
fullback to touch the ball down between the posts. After this
dramatic try there was nothing stopping the rampaging Scots
who went on to score a further individual try from Shaw to
seal the well deserved victory.
The match proved the high skill levels of the Scots and their
ability to regain composure through their tremendous team
spirit. The sensational Scots go on to face Italy on Sunday
hoping to retain their brilliant form and display to the home
nation how strong Student rugby is in the British Isles.
Scotland U/19 Vs Development Scotland
Score: Scotland U/19 22-22 Development Scotland Venue:
Padova, Italy. 19th July 2002
A thrilling match between the Development Scotland Rugby
League and the Under-19s Scotland Rugby League teams provided
the curtain raiser for the long awaited clash between Scotland
Students and Tartarstan yesterday.
The two Scotland sides contained both Tartarstan and Italian
players for the friendly exhibition match, an opportunity for
the the three nations to prove their talents and reinforce the
bond between Scotland and their international counterparts.
The good natured match provided end to end excitement with
both squads displaying extremely well matched rugby. Bryan
Hendry of the Scotland Under-19s produced the opener for the
match, intercepting the ball and charging 80 yards to score
between the posts. The lead continuously altered with
particularly talented play from Donald Anderson, Karl Higgins,
and Stewart Naismith from the Under-19s, and Kov Bahadori and
David Fiskin of the Development squad.
The conclusion of this entertaining match was a 22-22 draw, a
justifiable scoreline illustrating the equal ability of both
sides, and providing another opportunity to increase their
match play experience and confirm those playing friendships
with Tartartstan and Italy.
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