It is a pleasure to welcome all supporters, members and officials this evening to the Richmond Athletic Ground for a hotly awaited battle against Cornish Pirates under the Friday night lights in our final home fixture this year.
It’s fair to say that over the last few weeks the first team squad has had mixed results, with a draw against newly promoted Ampthill and then a much improved performance against Yorkshire Carnegie at home two weeks ago to come away with bonus point win 30-10.
Last time out we travelled away to Hartpury, who put 44 points past us in a dominant display at the Gillman’s Ground. In the three years the Gloucestershire based side have been in the Championship we’ve never been able to beat them away from home.
This evening we welcome Cornish Pirates, a team we played in our first game of the season in a Cup fixture where the Scots came away with a tight win. Since then, the Pirates have gone on to have a good run of games in the League. Currently they sit second in the Greene King IPA Championship table, having secured four wins and only suffered one loss at the hands of top table sitters Newcastle Falcons.
After tonight’s fixture, the next time the Scots will play at home will be in the New Year against Bedford Blues on January 10th; and I’ll take the opportunity now to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We thought having so many Friday night fixtures would be a challenge to attract a high attendance, however the ‘Friday night is Curry Night under the lights’ has proven a great success; indeed today is a sell out in hospitality.
Here is to a great evening of free flowing, entertaining rugby with two dangerous attacking sides going head to head. I know how much it would mean to the players to come away with a win tonight, especially as they are heading into a much deserved week off – and could thoroughly enjoy this evening in the company of Scottish rugby legends!