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Bristol Beat Injury-Ravaged Scots

Bristol Beat Injury-Ravaged Scots

A star-studded Bristol side proved too strong for injury hit London Scottish this evening securing a 42-17 victory at a packed Ashton Gate Stadium to move top of the Greene King IPA Championship.

A star-studded Bristol side proved too strong for injury hit London Scottish this evening securing a 42-17 victory at a packed Ashton Gate Stadium to move top of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Scottish were decimated by injuries throughout which saw a string of players forced to play out of position, something Bristol took full advantage of scoring six tries – two of which were penalty tries.
 
However there were plenty of positives for the visitors who produced some fine passages of play scoring three well taken tries.
 
On another day they may have left the West Country with a try bonus point but it was not to be and the focus of attention now quickly turns to the home clash with Plymouth Albion next Sunday, although the medical staff will be grateful for the nine day break.
 
 Despite a lively start by the visitors, it was Bristol who opened the scoring inside four minutes.
 
Winger David Lemi cut in from the left wing before offloading to centre Gareth Maule, the Welshman sending in full-back Auguy Slowik unopposed for the first try.
 
Fly half Matthew Morgan added the extras before Scottish were dealt a double blow inside three minutes.
 
Centre Mike Doneghan limped off only to see his replacement Errie Claassens do likewise soon after, meaning Miles Mantella was now deployed at outside centre with scrum-half Jamie Stevenson coming off the bench and heading to the right wing.
 
Midway through the half, Bristol doubled their advantage courtesy of a penalty try after the visitors collapsed an attacking scrum on their own line.
 
Morgan kicked the simple extras to make it 14-0 only to see the Scots half that deficit four minutes later.
 
Miles Mantella showed superb footwork to beat the first line of Bristol defence at halfway then used his raw pace to cruise over the line.
 
Peter Lydon kicked the conversion but Bristol struck back immediately, referee John Meredith awarding the hosts another penalty try, this time for collapsing a powerful driving maul which resulted in Neil Best being sin-binned.
 
Morgan added the conversion then set up flanker Marco Mama for the fourth bonus point try with a neat break and offload inside the Scots’ 22.
 
Mantella then claimed his second try of the night – straight from kick-off.
 
Bristol failed to deal with the restart which allowed Scottish to regain possession.

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After going though the phases, Peter Lydon's dangerous grubber into the 22 was collected by Matt Wiliams who then offloaded to opportunist Mantella for the try in the left corner. This time Lydon’s conversion sailed wide.
 
A breathless first half concluded with Andy Robinson’s charges going over for the seventh try of the half.
 
Again it was from their destructive catch and drive which saw Jack Lam touch down on 40 minutes.
 
Morgan’s simple kick ensured the Ashton Gate outfit a comfortable 35-12 lead at half-time.
 
Scottish dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half but could not capitalise and were dealt a further injury blow when Peter Lydon limped off to be replaced by debutant back-row forward Alex Brown.
 
Flanker Chevvy Pennycook went to outside centre with Mantella now moving to full-back.
 
In the very next play, Bristol scored a sixth try, Dwayne Peel darting over from the base of a scrum right on Scottish’s line.
 
Again Morgan was inch perfect with the conversion which moved them 42-12 ahead on 64 minutes.
 
James Buckland’s gallant side never gave up and went over for their third try four minutes later, Matt Heeks, now on the right wing, getting on the end of Lee Millar’s clever grubber kick into the dead goal area.
 
The stand-off missed a tough conversion from the right touchline and although Stewart Maguire was sin-binned in the final minute, there was no further scoring.

– LSTV Post Match Interview with Peter Richards, click here.

– Audio Interview with Lee Millar, click here.
 
London Scottish will aim to make it three home wins in a row next Sunday, October, 5, 3.15pm kick-off when they take on Plymouth Albion in a live televised Championship clash.
 
Match tickets for next Sunday's home clash against Plymouth Albion, 3.15pm kick-off, can be bought here and start at just £12 for members and £15 for non-members (Clan, standing tickets) with Under-16s able to get into the ground for FREE (Clan, standing tickets).
 
Hospitality can also be purchased online here.
 
If you have a Richmond Card you can watch any London Scottish home match this season for just £10 (Clan, standing tickets).
 
London Scottish
 
15, Peter Lydon; 14, Matt Williams; 13, Mike Doneghan; 12, PJ Gidlow (c); 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Lee Millar; 9, Matt Heeks; 1, Mark Lilley; 2, David Cherry; 3, Max Maidment; 4, Tai Tuisamoa; 5, Gregor Gillanders; 6, Neil Best; 7, Chris Walker; 8, Chevvy Pennycook.
 
Tries: Mantella, 26mins; 36mins. Heeks, 67mins.
 
Conversions: Lydon, 26mins.
 
Sin-binned: Best, Maguire.
 
Used replacements: 16, James Hallam; 17, Adam Kwasnicki; 18, Stewart Maguire; 19, Alex Brown; 21, Jamie Stevenson; 22, Errie Claassens.
 
Unused replacements: 20, Mark Bright.
 
Bristol Rugby:
 
15, Auguy Slowik; 14, Andy Short; 13, Gareth Maule; 12, Ben Mosses; 11, David Lemi (Samoan); 10, Matthew Morgan, 9, Dwayne Peel (c); 1, Jack O'Connell; 2, Ross Johnston; 3, James Hall, 4, Ben Glynn; 5, Ian Evans; 6, Marco Mama (Zimbabwean); 7, Jack Lam (Hurricanes); 8, Mitch Eadie.
 
Tries: Slowik, 4mins; Penalty try, 22mins; Penalty try, 30mins; Mama, 34mins; Lam, 39mins; Peel, 63mins
 
Conversions: Morgan, 5mins; 22mins; 30mins; 34mins; 39mins; 64mins.
 
Used replacements: 22, Jack Tovey; 18, Mark Sorenson; 19, Ben Skirving; 16, Max Crumpton; 17, Ellis Genge; 20, Craig Hampson; 21, Adrian Jarvis, 22, Jack Tovey.
 
Referee: John Meredith
 
Assistant Referees: Clare Daniels and Michael Patz
 
Attendance: 7454
 
Away Supporters' Man of The Match: Matt Williams.

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