Welcome to everyone this evening who has come to the Athletic Ground to watch this mouth-watering tie between your London Scottish and our local rivals Ealing Trailfinders. I would like to formally welcome all members, home and travelling supporters and match officials this evening.
Despite the frustrating loss last time out against Coventry, the losing bonus point picked up in that match means that the Scots remain in seventh place heading into this game. Last week’s performance was a huge improvement from the Bedford Blues match the previous week. We just need to work on closing out the full 80 minutes and then we will be back to winning ways.
Ealing have had a good run of games and currently sit in third behind Cornish Pirates and Newcastle Falcons. Last time out they put on a dominant display at home against Ampthill, who are the seasons surprise side. Last season’s encounters between the Scots and Ealing were close affairs with the men in green and white coming out on top both home and away.
This is our penultimate Friday match fixture and I for one have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘curry and poppadums’ in pre-match hospitality followed by watching the team play under the Friday Night Lights. At the start of the season having so many Friday fixtures gave us cause for concern. However, it has afforded us the opportunity to attract local young professionals working in the area to experience Scottish. We look forward to welcoming them in the future on a Saturday afternoon.
Tomorrow night we celebrate Scotland’s most infamous Bard, Robert Burns. The ‘London Scottish Burns Supper’ is being held at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and is a sell-out. We are looking forward to all the speeches, which promise to be hugely entertaining and a celebration of Scottish culture.
Here’s to a great evening of rugby and I hope you have all wrapped up warm.