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Preo enjoys happy return to Scottish

Adam Preocanin relished his return to the Athletic Ground when he helped Ealing Trailfinders to a 28-22 win over London Scottish on Boxing Day.

The big second-row spent a year with the Exiles last season before returning to Vallis Way after their promotion to the Greene King IPA Championship. He clearly had a point to prove and duly proved it by scoring a try, bossing the line-out and playing a huge part in stopping the Exiles’ late rally. 

“It was really important to win and good to get our season back on track, ” he said. “We had two really good performances against Leinster A, who are a really good team and will probably go on to win the B and I Cup. 

“The score-lines then weren’t great, but we took the positives from them and built on them this week. We were clinical today, more clinical than we have been.”

Preocanin scored Ealing Trailfinders second try of the match seven minutes from half-time. It was a vital score because while the visitors led 7-5, but the match was descending into a kick-fest and needed something to lift the 1, 260 crowd. 

It duly came when scrum-half Alex Davies popped a reverse pass to Callum Wilson, who steamed into the Scottish defence and across their gain-line. Preocanin then had the relatively simple task of collecting another Davies pass to canter home between the posts. 

“It was one of those lines where you either go through or get absolutely melted, ” he said. “Thankfully I went through untouched and we scored off exactly the same line with Alex Bradley so it is something we identified and it is good to see it come off.”

Bradley scored the opening try four minutes in and after fullback Luke Daniels had scored the third early in the second half, he ran in his second to secure the bonus point on 57 minutes. 

From then on attention switched to Ealing Trailfinders’ defence, most notably after Oli Grove’s try on 70 minutes set up a barnstorming finish in which the Exiles tried to hammer through the visitor’s line for the converted try that would have given them the lead for the first time in the match and most likely the win. 

“We tried to throw it away in the last five minutes, ” Preocanin said. “That was my fault in the line-out which I completely messed up, but resilience was there to keep them out with people making tackles that weren’t theirs to make. So it is great to have the team spirit to do that.”