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Bright brace gives Scottish deserved victory over Cornish Pirates

Bright brace gives Scottish deserved victory over Cornish Pirates

London Scottish got their fifth consecutive win in all competitions with a hard-fought 21-10 victory over Cornish Pirates at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish got their fifth consecutive win in all competitions with a hard-fought 21-10 victory over Cornish Pirates at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots trailed 10-0 in the opening stages of the match after being starved of possession for most of the first half, but 21 unanswered points with two tries from Mark Bright and one from Howard Packman gave Scottish a deserved victory. 

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The Pirates were playing all of the rugby in the first 30 minutes and took the lead after 24 minutes with a penalty from Laurence May. They had plenty of opportunities to take the ascendancy earlier, in particular when a mix-up in the Scottish 22 forced Dan Newton in to conceding a penalty right on the try-line, but the Scots held firm in defence. 

The visitors extended their advantage just five minutes later with a try from Alex Dancer. Ian Davies ‘ side were camped in the 22, and after multiple phases they eventually spread the ball wide, for the centre to score in the corner. May’s conversion gave the Pirates a 10-0 lead. 

Scottish responded immediately and brought themselves right back in to the match with a try from Howard Packman. The home side sparked in to life with a break from Robbie Fergusson, and Mark  Bright then released Jason Harries down the left wing. The ball was forced out but from the resulting line-out Dan Newton’s cross kick allowed Packman to step over the line and score his first try for the Scots. Lydon’s conversion made the score 7-10 at half time. 

Mark Bright’s first try of the match just before the 50 minute mark put the Scots in front for the first time in the match. A five-metre lineout saw the forwards rumble over the line and the captain was at the back of the maul to dot the ball down. Lydon’s second conversion put Scottish 14-10 ahead. 

Scottish were knocking on the door for the majority of the second-half and most of the opportunities throughout. They were unable to cross the line until the 73rd minute, with Bright’s second try which secured the victory. It was another trademark try for the skipper from the base of a maul, and Lydon added the extras to put the Scots 11 points in front. 

The final stages of the match saw both sides chase a try which would have scored them a bonus-point, but ultimately the game finished with the Scots securing a deserved 21-10 victory. 

London Scottish: 
15 Peter Lydon 14 Jason Harries 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Alex Grove 11 Howard Packman 10 Dan Newton 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by George Horne) 1 James Gibbons (replaced by James Hallam) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by Tyrone Moran) 3 Max Maidment (replaced by Matt Shields) 4 Rory Bartle 5 Neale Patrick (replaced by Josh Thomas Brown) 6 Evan Olmstead 7 Chris Walker (replaced by Freddie Clarke)  8 Mark Bright (c)

Replacements:
16 Tyrone Moran 17 James Hallam 18 Matt Shields 19 Josh Thomas Brown 20 Freddie Clarke 21 George Horne 22 Alec Coombes

Scorers:
Tries: Howard Packman (36 minutes) Mark Bright (49, 73 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (37, 49, 73 minutes)

Cornish Pirates
15 Toby May, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Tom Hendrickson, 12 Alex Dancer, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May, 9 Alex Day; 1 Marlen Walker, 2 Tom Channon, 3 Alan Paver, 4 Will Graulich, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Alex Cheesman, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Aaron Carpenter (c)

Replacements: 
16 Jack Innard, 17 Jack Andrew, 18 Joe Atkinson, 19 Tom Duncan, 20 Stuart Townsend, 21 Kieran Hallett, 22 Rheon James.

Scorers:
Tries: Alex Dancer (29 minutes)
Conversions:  Laurence May (29 minutes)
Penalties: Laurence May (24 minutes)

Officials:
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Brian Ravenhill & Dino Maddem
Fourth Official: Phillip Davies 

Half-Time: London Scottish 7 – 10 Cornish Pirates

Full-Time: London Scottish 21 – 10 Cornish Pirates

Attendance: 1109

Man Of The Match: Peter Lydon 

 

 

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