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South London Storm took a clear lead at the top of the table after beating the only other unbeaten side in the league 42-26 on Saturday.
Storm travelled to London Skolars as the only two unbeaten teams in the league and with a weakened side due to the Bank Holiday. But sheer determination and a will to show the Skolars why they are the 2006 Premiers brought them through the game.
It was a true arm wrestle of a match and it took 10 minutes for the first try to be scored by Storm. Centre Will McLean scored on his return to the team from injury in the first game. Carlos Zacharow made a break down the left flank before his inside pass sent McLean through (conversion missed) to take the lead 4-0.
Skolars kept up the pressure and with the game pretty even they scored a well deserved try on 18 minutes to the right of the posts making the conversion relatively simple in the wind and to take the lead.
After 10 more minutes of tight work from the depleted Storm forward pack and hard defence from Skolars Mickey Walker broke two tackles to score to the right of the posts with Darren Bartley scoring the conversion.
Quickly after Skolars scored their own try out wide making it a difficult conversion which was missed and the scores were tied 10-10. Mickey Walker then cut the Skolars defence to pieces after a well timed pass from Luke Bonner for an unconverted try, then 4 minutes later Bonner took the harder route to barge over closer to the posts making the conversion easier for Bartley who slotted between the posts.
Skolars got one back before half time but it was Storm who had finished the strongest and took a 16-20 lead into the break.
Storm came out for another arm wrestle and it took 28 minutes fro Storm to wear down the Skolars defence but once they did they didn