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Five-try Scottish secure bonus-point win away at Ealing

Five-try Scottish secure bonus-point win away at Ealing

London Scottish got themselves back on track with an impressive 37-17 bonus-point win away at Ealing Trailfinders this afternoon.

London Scottish got themselves back on track with an impressive 37-17 bonus-point win away at Ealing Trailfinders this afternoon.

It was the perfect response to last week’s Moseley defeat, with five tries thanks to Drew Locke, Jason Harries, James Hallam and a brace from captain Mark Bright at Vallis Way.


Ealing started quickly and almost took the lead, but just as Iain Grieve thought he was clear of the defence, referee Craig Maxwell-Keys called him back for a forward pass. 

The Scots got their first try of the afternoon through summer signing Drew Locke, who was first to react to Pete Lydon’s kick through. The opportunity opened up for the centre after Matt Williams was impeded, and the ball bounced up kindly for Locke to score. 

Ealing responded soon after and took the lead after a try from Iain Grieve. A rolling maul from a five-metre line-out was too much for the Scottish defence to handle and the flanker went over for a try. Tristan Roberts’ conversion gave the hosts a two-point advantage. 

Jason Harries showed off his Sevens skills again to score his second try of the season, and restore the Scots’ advantage. Lydon’s up-and-under looked to be claimed by the Ealing full-back, but the Welshman towered above to claim the ball and raced clear of the defence. Lydon’s first of three conversions which was quickly followed by a penalty put the Scots 15-7 ahead after 26 minutes. 

The home side cut the deficit ten minutes later with a try from Will Harries, who evaded two defenders to score in the corner and bring the Trailfinders back into the match. 

Mark Bright scored his first try of the afternoon just before half-time to put Scottish firmly in control of the match. It was the captain’s trademark try, as he reeled off the back of a rolling maul to score. Lydon’s impressive conversion from the touchline on the 3G surface sent the Scots down the tunnel at the break with a 22-12 lead.  

Ealing struggled with their discipline in the opening stages of the second-half, which resulted in two yellow cards in the space of five minutes. Iain Grieve’s late tackle on Dan Newton saw him sent to the bin, before a cynical trip on Matt Heeks from Carwyn Jones at the base of the ruck also gave him ten minutes on the sideline. 

Scottish capitalised on their numerical advantage shortly afterwards, with Bright’s second try securing the bonus point. Yet again it was a driving maul, and the captain found himself at the base of the maul to score the fourth try and put Scottish 27-12 ahead.

Substitute James Hallam got the fifth try on the hour mark, after multiple phases in the 22 the prop picked a great line through the defence and scored under the posts. 

Ealing looked to respond with 20 minutes to go as they searched for the four-try bonus-point, but some heroic defence from the Scots denied them, including a last-ditch tackle from Matt Williams to drag Phil Chesters into touch.

Alex Walker scored a consolation try with one minute to go for Ealing, the scrum-half was able to take a quick penalty and catch the defence off-guard. 

Peter Lydon’s penalty with the last kick of the game made the final score 37-17 to Scottish, who now head into next weekend’s home match against Bedford Blues with renewed confidence.

Ealing Trailfinders:
1 George Porter (replaced by Will Davies), 2 Matt Thompson (replaced by Alun Walker), 3 Nathan Buck (replaced by Sam Rodman), 4 Adam Preocanin (replaced by Harrison Orr), 5 Carwyn Jones, 6 Danny Kenny (replaced by Arthur Ellis), 7 Iain Grieve, 8 Chris York (captain), 9 Alex Walker, 10 Tristan Roberts (replaced by Alex Davies), 11 Phil Chesters, 12 Tom Wheatcroft, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 14 James Stephenson, 15 Will Harries.

16 Will Davis, 17 Alun Walker, 18 Sam Rodman, 19 Harrison Orr, 20 Arthur Ellis, 21 Alex Davies, 22 Rhys Crane.

Tries: Iain Grieve (14 minutes) Will Harries (36 minutes) Alex Walker (78 minutes)
Conversions: Tristan Roberts (14 minutes)
Yellow Cards: Iain Grieve, Carwyn Jones 

London Scottish:
1 James Gibbons (replaced by James Hallam), 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry), 3 Max Maidment (replaced by David Young), 4 Josh Thomas Brown, 5 Will Carrick Smith (replaced by Neale Patrick), 6 Chevvy Pennycook, 7 Chris Walker (replaced by Alex Brown), 8 Mark Bright (c), 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Russell Weir), 10 Dan Newton (replaced by Miles Mantella), 11 Jason Harries, 12 Oli Grove, 13 Drew Locke, 14 Matt Williams, 15 Peter Lydon.

16 David Cherry, 17 Neale Patrick, 18 David Young, 19 James Hallam, 20 Alex Brown, 21 Russell Weir, 22 Miles Mantella.

Tries: Drew Locke (8 minutes) Jason Harries (26 minutes) Mark Bright (39, 52 minutes) James Hallam (60 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (26, 39, 60 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (32, 80 minutes)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle & Simon Adams
Fourth Official: Veryan Boscawen

Half-Time: Ealing Trailfinders 12-22 London Scottish

Full-Time: Ealing Trailfinders 17-37 London Scottish

Attendance: 745

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