Pete’s Preview: Knights face tricky Skolars test

Published: 13 April, 2018 - 3:10 pm

By Peter Carbert

LONDON SKOLARS

Sunday marks London Skolars 400th game since joining the professional leagues – a landmark to be applauded especially for a team outside of the ‘heartlands’ and they can be rightly proud of their achievements, especially coming off the back of a club record 76-8 win against West Wales in the last round.

They started the season with a credible draw at North Wales, have pushed Workington all the way and recorded good wins over Hemel and West Wales. Although they have suffered a heavy defeat to Newcastle, overall they have made a good start to the season and look to be continuing the form which saw them reach the League 1 Shield Final in 2017.

LAST MEETING

4th June 2017
York City Knights 36 London Skolars 18
Attendance 782

York found themselves going into the sheds at half time 18-6 down, perhaps still feeling the effects of the previous brutal match at Newcastle on Magic weekend followed by a weekend without a match. However 5 unanswered trys, including 1 from current top try scorer Joe Bachelor saw the Knights turn the match round and record a relatively comfortable victory.

ONES TO WATCH

On loan Toronto Wolfpack Quinn Ngawati looks a handy player in the forwards and cannot be given too much room. In the halfs, look out for former Knight Neil Thorman, who is guiding the team around the pitch and kicking well.

FORM GUIDE – LAST 5 MATCHES

York: WWWWW
London: DLLWW

FORDY SAYS:

“London are only one point outside the top five and last week they posted seventy six points. Our defensive attitude will need to be at its very best to ensure we take both league points.

“We’ve had an impressive start on and off the field, but we need to maintain our pursuit of improvement or teams in and around us will burn us.”

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