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Exciting endeavour from Scottish but Hartpury College take the spoils

Exciting endeavour from Scottish but Hartpury College take the spoils

On a beautifully sunny Easter weekend, the Scots headed down to Gloucester to face an in-form Hartpury side. Despite a tough loss to London Irish the weekend before, the College had been putting in some stellar late season form. For this clash against the Scots they had named former London Scot Lewis Ludlow in their back row. Many will remember Lewis turning out during the 14/15 season at the RAG.

Hartpury were definitely up for this one as they came out the blocks firing. They managed to keep the ball well and work their way through the phases and it didn’t take them long to notch their first of three scores of the half. After some sustained pressure and two half breaks in the Scots 22, Bristol Bears loanee Sam Graham crashed over. Sam Leeming added the extras meaning it 7-0 within 5 minutes to Pury.

It didn’t take the College long to add to their lead. More sustained pressure and possession in the Scots half lead to a 5m lineout and from that, hooker Will Tanner bundled over the line for Hartpury’s second score of the afternoon. Leeming again added the relatively simple conversion. 14-0 Hartpury.

Scottish then found their rhythm in the game and started to make amends for their sluggish start. They were not seeing much of the ball but were defending well and keeping play in between their 22 metre line and halfway. Tom Fowlie was throwing himself around and putting in some monstrous shots.

Scottish finally got on the scoreboard with what seemed like their first foray into the Pury 22. A very well taken lineout by Mark Bright lead to the backs handling neatly wide to Rob Stevenson who shrugged off the would be tacklers to force his way into corner. Grayson Hart just missed the tricky conversion. 14-5 Pury.

After Scottish had added their score, the game became slightly scrappy and lost its way. Grayson Hart went off for a Head Injury Assessment but was cleared to return.

It would be Hartpury who would add to their score next as they secured their third try of the day. Scottish foolishly gave away another penalty at the breakdown which lead to a 5 metre lineout. Scottish managed to stunt the maul this time but Lewis Ludlow squeezed over for his first try after a pick and go. Leeming again added the conversion and it was 21-5.

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On the stroke of half time, the Scots managed to claw their way back into the game with an outstanding score. Fowlie, who was the most enterprising back in the first half, made a silky break before offloading to Josh Barton who was in support who drew the full back and passes to Stevenson who cruised in under the sticks. A try from nothing and a good one at that. Grayson Hart kicked the conversion and that was half time. Scottish were back with a sniff and were lucky to still be within touching distance of Hartpury.

HT: Hartpury College 21 – 12 London Scottish

As play returned for the second half, the sun was still beaming down in Gloucester. The second half began much like the first half. Hartpury were buzzing again and were firing on all cylinders. It didn’t take them long to add another score. It was the former London Scot Lewis Ludlow who bashed over under the sticks on a short line after the initial break from Sam Graham who burst straight up the middle of the pitch. Leeming again didn’t miss and it was 28 – 12 to Hartpury.

Scottish needed to score next to stay within touching distance of their opponents but sadly it was the side fighting for Championship survival who scored next. Winger Ben Foley picked off a loose pass out wide and strolled in for an intercept try. Leeming was on fire and nailed the conversion and all of a sudden the game was getting away from the exiles. 35 – 12 Hartpury.

It only took 5 minutes and there was another try, this time Scottish added to their half time score. Rory Brand, who had come on for Josh Barton, fixed an opposition forward around the ruck, popped the ball up and put it on a plate for Miles Mantella. The lethal winger rounded the full back like he wasn’t there and scored out of nothing. The conversion was no good. 35 -17.

It was back and forth for 10 minutes between the sides before the next score and it ended up being that man Mantella getting a brace. Bobby Beattie, who looked dangerous all day in attack, made a half break and offloaded to Mantella who did the rest, showing his out and out speed. The conversion was missed again from out wide. 35-22.

Despite getting slightly back into the game and taking the ascendency from Hartpury, Scottish couldn’t keep capitalise and Hartpury pulled away. A Leeming penalty made the score 38-22 before a final score from Rob Langley who broke off the back of a rampaging driving maul, wrapped it up for the College.

It was a tough day for the Scots but the game was definitely entertaining. You could tell Hartpury were fighting for something and played very well as they took their chances.

FT:Hartpury College 43 – 22 London Scottish

Next week will see the conclusion of the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season as London Scottish play hosts to Richmond.

 

London Scottish:  Harris; Saunders; Palframan; Vukasinovic; Eliet; Wynne; Atkinson; Bright (c); Barton; Hart; Mantella; Fowlie; Beattie; Stevenson; Ingall // Replacements: Adams; Brodley; Cringle; Hodge; Tyas; Brand; Davidson

 

Tries Stevenson x2; Mantella x2;

Conversion Hart;

 

Hartpury College: Murphy; Tanner; Harden; Craig; Linsell ©; Ludlow; Qera; Graham; Vellacott; Leeming; Henry; Eves; Leonard; Foley; Wilcox // Replacements: Stratford; Merrey; Armstrong; Langley; Grieve; Cochrane; Forrester

 

Tries Graham; Tanner; Ludlow x2; Foley; Langley

Conversion(s) Leeming x5

PenaltyLeeming

 

Man of the Match:Lewis Ludlow

Referee:Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

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