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After a long year that was hit with setbacks in form and some fatigue, Eric Fry has ended his 2013 with one of his strongest games.

The former Cal captain led a strong scrimmaging performance by London Scottish in their 13-5 defeat of league-leaders London Welsh. In loose play Fry was also instrumental as the loosehead prop was named by observers as one of the team’s better players. This followed up a similarly strong performance by Fry three weeks ago.

New London Scottish signing Robbie Shaw did not play, by the way, as his move from Esher was delayed as the Eagle scrumhalf was needed for Esher in this weekend’s game against the Henley Hawks.
The move helped Esher, as they beat Henley 13-8, with Shaw hugely influential. Shaw set up Esher’s opening try, kept control of the ball in wintry conditions, and made some other big plays.

Scottish now sits at 8-3, just a game behind league leaders London Welsh. Clearly they hope bringing up Shaw from the lower-tier competition will help in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, also in the Championship, the Ealing Trailfinders continue to struggle.

They lost  21-7 to Bristol. American-qualified Ronnie McLean started at outside center. Former USA U20 captain Will Magie was not used as Ealing sits in last place at 1-10.