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Agony for Scots as last gasp penalty try denies them memorable victory in Penzance

Agony for Scots as last gasp penalty try denies them memorable victory in Penzance

London Scottish produced a sensational second half comeback but were ultimately undone by a late penalty try to suffer a cruel 25-24 defeat an Mennaye Field.

London Scottish produced a sensational second half comeback but were ultimately undone by a late penalty try to suffer a cruel 25-24 defeat an Mennaye Field.

The Scots trailed 18-6 at half-time but responded brilliantly with three tries scored by Ross Neal, David Cherry and Peter Lydon to put them in front but the Pirates snatched victory to move above Scottish in the table.


It was the visitors that had the best chance to open the scoring after 10 minutes with Ed Hoadley’s grubber kick in to the corner being chased by Ross Neal, but the Pirates were able to scramble the ball clear and keep the scoreboard unmoved.

Both kickers exchanged penalties to have the score level at 3-3 after 20 minutes before the hosts grew in to the game and took control before the break.

Alex Cheeseman went over for the first try of the match on the half hour mark after a huge rolling maul allowed the flanker to dot down, with Laurence May’s conversion giving them a 10-3 advantage.

Again a penalty from both sides made it look as if the teams would go down the tunnel at 13-6, but a try with the last play of the half put the Pirates in command. 

A kick in to the Scottish 22 bounced up awkwardly in the long Mennaye Field grass and it was Toby May who was first to react to dive over in the corner. May’s conversion went wide, but his side headed to the dressing rooms with an 18-6 lead. 

The Scots looked like a completely different team in the second half and played some superb attacking rugby as they looked to get back in to the match.

Ross Neal scored on his Scottish debut to cut the deficit to 18-11 after 50 minutes. Alec Coombes broke on the right wing from inside his 22 and passed inside to Danny Kenny, who drew in the last defender and allowed Neal to run clear. The conversion went wide, but the change in tempo was there for everyone to see with half an hour remaining.

Joe Atkinson entered the field on the hour mark and nearly scored with his first touch to make an immediate impact. A neat line out move saw the former Pirate free on the left wing but as he charged towards the line he was bundled in to touch. However a penalty was awarded, and Marlen Walker was sent to the sin-bin as the hosts played the next 10 minutes with 14 men.

David Cherry scored from the resulting penalty, as from the five metre line out the maul rampaged over the line and the hooker went over for his seventh try of the season. The conversion went wide, but the Scots now trailed by just two points.

Lydon kicked Scottish in front with a penalty to give them a 19-18 lead with 10 minutes remaining, before scoring a brilliant try two minutes later to extend the advantage.

A number of phases in the midfield with some impressive offloading created an overlap on the right wing, and Lydon received the final pass to sprint over in the corner to the delight of the travelling supporters. The touchline conversion was unsuccessful but the Scots had a six point lead as we headed in to the closing stages of the match.

Pirates responded strongly and a succession of penalties brought them in to the Scottish 22. They resorted to their huge rolling maul in attempt to get over the line, and when it was moving towards the corner the referee awarded them a controversial penalty try to snatch victory. 

May’s conversion gave his side a one-point win and the Scots were unable to respond as they suffered an undeserved 25-24 defeat.
Cornish Pirates:
15 Toby May, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Nicolas De Battista, 12 Bar Bartlett, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day (replaced by Mike Pope) 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Paul Andrew (replaced by Jack Andrew), 4 Chris Morgan (c), 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Dan Lee (replaced by Jake Parker), 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan.

16 Jack Andrew, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Josh Caulfield, 19 Jake Parker, 20 Mike Pope, 21 Will Cargill, 22 Tom Hendrickson

Tries: Alex Cheeseman (32 minutes) Toby May (40 minutes) Penalty Try (76 minutes)
Conversions: Laurence May (32, 76 minutes)
Penalties: Laurence May (14, 37 minutes)
Yellow Card: Marlen Walker

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Alec Coombes 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Ross Neal 11 Jason Harries 10 Tom Galbraith 9 Ed Hoadley  (replaced by Jamie Stevenson)1 Grant Shiells 2 David Cherry (replaced by Tom Lindsay) 3 Dan Koroi 4 Rory Bartle (c) 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys 6 Ally Miller (replaced by Joe Atkinson) 7 Danny Kenny 8 Ifereimi Boladau (replaced by Dom McGeekie)

16 Tom Lindsay 17 Jonny Harris 18 Phil Cringle 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Joe Atkinson 21 Jamie Stevenson 22 Ben Rath

Tries: Ross Neal (51 minutes) David Cherry (61 minutes) Peter Lydon (71 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (22, 35, 68 minutes)
Yellow Card: Dan Koroi

Referee: Fergus Kirby
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce & Daniel Parrott
Fourth Official: Kevin Williams

Half Time Score: Cornish Pirates 18 – 6 London Scottish

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