London Skolars lost 34-24 to the Gloucestershire All Golds in their first match at their new temporary home on Saturday.

London Skolars beaten by Gloucestershire All Golds in first match at QEII Stadium

London Skolars beaten by Gloucestershire All Golds in first match at QEII Stadium

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London Skolars were unable to mark the beginning of their temporary stay at the QEII Stadium with a win as they went down 34-24 to Gloucestershire All Golds on Sunday.

Defeat in the Kingstone Press Championship One means the All Golds leapfrog the Skolars into sixth place, leaving Joe Mbu's side second-bottom.

The visitors took the lead early on when Dan Spencer-Tonks crossed the line after just three minutes.

It took the Skolars just three minutes to respond as Dennis Tuffour touched down.

Sam Druce then edged the hosts ahead with a goal before Aiden Jenkins put the All Golds back in front with their second try.

The momentum was swinging back and forth between the two sides and it was the Skolars who seized the initiative once more when martin Smith went over.

Druce added the extras with his second successful kick to put the Skolars 18-12 ahead.

Not to be undone, the All Golds took the lead into half-time with tries from Jason Muranka and Canterbury and a goal from Aiden Jenkins.

Gloucestershire then extended their advantage 15 minutes after the restarts as Muranka added his second try of the afternoon.

Michael Worrincy and James Woodburn-Hall both added tries of their own to bring the Skolars within touching distance.

A pair of goals from Matt Bradley then put the Skolars 24-22 ahead.

The Skolars could not hold onto the lead though, seeing the win slip from their grasp as Izaak Duff and Canterbury both scored converted tries to seal the win for the visitors.

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