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A Scottish stroll on St.Andrew’s Day

A Scottish stroll on St.Andrew’s Day

London Scottish continued their fine run of form this afternoon beating Moseley 38-17 at the Athletic Ground to move up to third place in the Greene King IPA Championship.

London Scottish continued their fine run of form this afternoon beating Moseley 38-17 at the Athletic Ground to move up to third place in the Greene King IPA Championship.

It was Scottish's fourth win on the bounce as they secured another bonus point victory after running in five tries on St. Andrew's Day.

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Miles Mantella claimed his second hat-trick of the season but in truth this was another impressive team effort with the forwards dominating up front once again.

Moseley never gave up and looked dangerous with ball in hand but they simply couldn't cope with the power of the Scots who pulled away in the second half.

It was the Birmingham side who got on the score sheet first after just three minutes when Scott Armstrong evaded Lee Millar's tackle to dot down following sloppy Scots play on halfway.

Caolan Ryan kicked the extras but the response from James Buckland's side was immediate.

A sweeping move across the park ended with Jim Thompson feeding Miles Mantella who went over in the left corner for his ninth try of the season.

Millar slotted the tough kick with aplomb.

A penalty won at scrum time then allowed Millar to push Scottish 10-7 ahead before the dominant pack set up try number two.

Ryan's kick went straight out at the restart with skipper Mark Bright opting for the scrum.

After winning the penalty at the set piece, Millar's kick to touch moved the Scots into Moseley's 22.

David Lyons then won the line-out before the power of his pack drove him towards the line and Bright touched down for his sixth Championship try of the season.

During a frantic opening Moseley scrum half Sam Brown then dropped the ball inches from the line, although it was not long until they reduced the deficit thanks to Owen's second penalty.

Bright nearly went in for his second try soon after from a quick tap penalty, opting to offload near the line only the find a Moseley player.

Moseley were matching Scottish in the loose, if not in the scrums, and from a line-out won inside the hosts' 22 they scored a second try, prop Craig Voisey finding a gap in the Scottish pack to score.

Ryan's kick gave them a 17-15 advantage but a fourth penalty at scrum time allowed Millar to kick Scottish back into the lead.

And right on the stroke of half time this lead was extended.

Powerful thrusts up the middle by Lyons and Chevvy Pennycook moved Scottish up field.

Mike Doneghan then got the ball having come off the right wing, and he made great headway, eventually offloading to Oli Grove who went over for Scottish's third try.

Millar's kick was wide but his team went in at the break 23-17 ahead.

A fifth penalty from a scrum allowed Millar to extend the advantage to nine points before referee Steve Lee sent hooker Rhys Buckley to the sin-bin at the next scrum for persistent infringement.

It was not long before the Richmond side secured the bonus point.

From another penalty, Bright refused the kick at goal, allowing Millar to kick to the corner.

The forwards made yards from the resulting line-out before fly-half Millar shipped the ball straight to Mantella who scored in the left corner.

The conversion was missed but it mattered little because the game was soon put to bed when Mantella scored his third try.

It came after frustration from Moseley number ten Ryan when his side made no headway following a prolonged period of possession.

Owen kicked the ball straight down the throat of full-back Jim Thompson who countered with precision.

His pass to Mantella was pin-point, the winger's finish exquisite, as he collected his own kick-through to score.

Millar's conversion made it 38-17 and despite pushing late for more points Scottish came away satisfied with another comfortable victory ahead of their back-to-back cup clash against Pontypridd.

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London Scottish: 15, Jim Thompson, 14, Mike Doneghan, 13, Oli Grove, 12, Andy Reay, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Lee Millar, 9, Jordi Pasqualin, 1, Eric Fry, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Tom Francis, 4, Paul Spivey, 5, David Lyons, 6, Neil Best, 7, Chevvy Pennycook, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used Replacements: 16, Tedd Stagg, 17, Mark Irish, 18, Tyler Hotson, 19, Ben Russell, 20, Dan Newton, 22, PJ Gidlow.

Unused replacements: 21, Peter Homan

Tries: Mantella (3), Bright, Grove 

Conversions: Millar (2)

Penalties:Millar (3)

Moseley: 15, Anthony Carter, 14, Scott Armstrong, 13, Greg King, 12, Will Owen, 11, Matt Williams, 10, Caolan Ryan, 9, Samuel Brown, 1, Craig Voisey, 2, Rhys Buckley, 3, Adam Parkins, 24, Buster Lawrence, 5, Mike Powell, 6, Neil Mason, 7, Oliver Robinson, 8, Chris Brightwell.

Used replacements: 16, Ben Evans, 17, Will Evans, 18, Tom Warren, 19, Nigel Burrows, 20, David Brazier, 21, Mike Penn, 22, Simon Hunt.

Tries:Armstrong, Voisy

Conversions: Ryan (2)

Penalties: Ryan

Sin-binned: Rhys Buckley

Referee: Steve Lee

Assistant referees: Paul Kimber and Michael Patz

Fourth Official: Doug Cowie.

Attendance: 1,128. 

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