London Skolars continue strong start with huge win over West Wales

London Skolars celebrate a try against West Wales (pic Ben Challis)

London Skolars celebrate a try against West Wales (pic Ben Challis) - Credit: Archant

London Skolars made it two wins on the trot with an emphatic 52-10 at Llanelli over West Wales Raiders, with Omari Caro equalling the club record of five tries in a league game.

His hat-trick came in the first twenty minutes, with three very different tries.

The opening score came in the fifth minute from a break down the right wing and the second when he took a kick from centre field from Mike Bishay.

The third came when West Wales tried to intercept what would have been a try creating pass, but they couldn’t hold onto it and he picked up a loose ball to touchdown, with Neil Thorman converting all three tries.

Skolars went further ahead when Thorman slipped a pass to James Tyas to crash through the defence.


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For the Raiders, Mike Connor lost the ball on the tryline under pressure from the defence, but they finally got onto the scoreboard just before half-time when Marcus Webb swerved around the defence 20 metres inside his own half before racing to the tryline. Will Ramsey converted to make the score 6-24 at the break.

The visitors re-asserted their dominance, again moving the ball to the right for Caro to score in the corner.

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With Thorman off the pitch he converted his own try.

After Fraser Stroud evaded the defence to score for West Wales, Caro added a fifth try, taking a kick through from Jacob Thomas.

This time Mike Bishay stepped up for the conversion, the only one Skolars missed all day.

Caro picked up kicking duties again a couple of minutes later after Jacob Thomas took a Christiab Gale offload to score after Eddie Mbaraga had made good yards from the kick-off. Gale scored himself a few minutes later.

Caro converting to make it 26 points. When Jy-Mel Coleman – on his temporary return to the club on loan from Hunslet – dummied before going in under the posts, Neil Thorman picked up the kicking duties again, leaving Caro two points short of a club record for a point in a game since the club joined the professional leagues in 2003.

The game was played without spectators, due to the different Covid-19 rules applicable in Wales, but Skolars will be playing in front of a crowd again next Sunday when they play at Doncaster, their fourth away game in a row.

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