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Clinical Bristol condemn Scots to defeat at the Athletic Ground

Clinical Bristol condemn Scots to defeat at the Athletic Ground

London Scottish produced an admirable performance in an eventful match against Bristol, but in the end the league leaders were too strong and left the Athletic Ground with a 21-16 victory.

London Scottish produced an admirable performance in an eventful match against Bristol, but in the end the league leaders were too strong and left the Athletic Ground with a 21-16 victory.

The Scots had plenty of chances and will look back at the match with frustration, as they played at the Athletic Ground for the final time in the 15/16 season. 

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Scottish started brightly, and Jason Harries crashed through the line of defence after two minutes. His pass to Lee Millar wasn’t gathered, but it was a sign of intent from the backs. 

Matthew Morgan edged Bristol ahead just before the 10 minute mark, and doubled their advantage shortly after to give them a 6-0 lead. 

Peter Lydon’s first penalty of the afternoon cut the score to 6-3, but the visitors extended their lead after 25 minutes with a try from Jack Wallace. 

A penalty on the half way line was taken quickly, and the winger was on hand to sprint clear in to the corner from 30 metres. He then converted his own try, and gave Andy Robinson’s side a 10 point lead. 

Scottish then had a great chance to get back to within touching distance, but it agonisingly passed them by. Evan Olmstead found himself in space in the 22, and with a huge overlap on the left hand side, his offload was intercepted and the ball was cleared. 

Another chance for the Scots came just before the break. Harries looked to have scored, but was hauled down just short. As a result, Rayn Smid was sent to the sin-bin and Lydon kicked the penalty to make the score 6-13. 

Tinus du Plessis was then sent to the sin-bin as well, and Morgan successfully knocked over a drop-goal on the stroke of half-time to give Bristol a 6-16 lead at the break. 

Jack Lam scored Bristol’s second try just after the break, making it an uphill battle for the Scots. The flanker broke away from a maul and dotted down in the corner, the conversion went wide, but  Bristol now had a 21-6 advantage. 

Mark Bright drove over the line just before the hour mark to bring the Scots back in to the match. A five-metre lineout gave the number eight the chance to score a trademark try on his final appearance at the Athletic Ground, and moved them just 10 points behind.

Bright scored his second of the match and 16th of the season with two minutes to play from another rolling maul to give them hope of completing a stunning comeback. The conversion went narrowly wide, but they now only trailed by five points.

Any hopes of a comeback were crushed when Bristol smashed the ball in to touch and celebrated a win which assures them of top spot, and condemned the Scots to their fourth defeat in a row. 

London Scottish:
15 Lee Millar 14 Howard Packman 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Jason Harries 11 Sam Smith (replaced by Alec Coombes) 10 Peter Lydon 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Russell Weir) 1 James Hallam (replaced by Jack Cosgrove) 2 David Cherry (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki) 3 Max Maidment 4 Rory Bartle 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Evan Olmstead (replaced by Neale Patrick) 7 Tinus du Plessis (replaced by Alex Brown) 8 Mark Bright (c)

Replacements:
16 Adam Kwasnicki 17 Jack Cosgrove 18 Jimmy Litchfield 19 Neale Patrick 20 Alex Brown 21 Russell Weir 22 Alec Coombes

Scorers: 
Tries: Mark Bright (59, 78 minutes)
Conversions:
Penalties: Peter Lydon (17, 37 minutes)
Yellow Card: Tinus du Plessis

Bristol Rugby:
15 Luke Arscott; 14 Ryan Edwards, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Nick Carpenter, 11 Jack Wallace; 10 Matthew Morgan, 9 Martin Roberts; 1 Kyle Traynor, 2 Ross McMillan, 3 Gaston Cortes, 4 Ben Glynn, 5 Mark Sorenson (c), 6 Jack Lam, 7 Marco Mama, 8 Rayn Smid.

Replacements: 
16 Chris Brooker, 17 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Joe Joyce, 20 James Phillips, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Callum Sheedy.

Scorers:
Tries:  Jack Wallace (26 minutes) Jack Lam (47 minutes)
Conversions: Jack Wallace (26 minutes)
Penalties: Matthew Morgan (7, 15 minutes)
Drop Goal: Matthew Morgan (40 minutes)
Yellow Card: Rayn Smid

Officials:
Referee: John Meredith
Assistant Referees: Darryl Chapman & Matthew Daubney
Fourth Official: Claire Hodnett

Half-Time: London Scottish 6 – 16 Bristol

Full-Time: London Scottish 16 – 21 Bristol

Attendance: 1850

Man Of The Match: Mark Bright

 

 

 

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