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Davis return the silver lining in Scottish defeat

Will Davis had to take the rough with the smooth when he ended an eight-month wait to return from injury against London Scottish on Saturday.

The prop came off the bench at half-time time and while he put in a solid shift across the park for the second half, it was London Scottish who finished the victors with five tries in a 37-17 victory. 

“I’m feeling sore, but it is really great to be back out there, ” he said. “I’ve worked hard the last eight months and it is finally paying off. It is great to be back playing at Vallis Way and back in an Ealing Trailfinders shirt.

“They’re a good side and a very physical side, but our discipline let us down today. When you go down to 13 men, especially against quality opposition it is hard to hold them out. We did well to hold them out as long as we did, but eventually the numbers game is going to hurt you and it hurt us today.”

Both sides went into the match off the back of opening weekend defeats; Ealing Trailfinders away to Rotherham Titans and London Scottish at home to Moseley. 

Ealing Trailfinders lost Carwyn Jones and Iain Grieve to the sin-bin in the second half and while they were off Scottish captain Mark Bright and replacement James Hallam scored tries. 

Alex Walker ran in Ealing Trailfinders’ third try of the match with two minutes remaining to set up the possibility of a four-try bonus point. However, the Exiles defence stood firm as the clock ran down. 

“It was a London derby and their losing last week was always going to hurt them, but we lost as well so we both came here with a lot to play for, ” Davis added. “Our discipline let us down and they had that edge, which we couldn’t get on top of, but we finished really well and will take that on to next week.”