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Impressive Scots see off Cornish Pirates

Impressive Scots see off Cornish Pirates

London Scottish secured an impressive 25-6 bonus point win over Cornish Pirates this afternoon at a windswept Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish secured an impressive 25-6 bonus point win over Cornish Pirates this afternoon at a windswept Richmond Athletic Ground.

Despite trailing 6-0 early on, Scottish responded in ruthless fashion scoring 25 unanswered points to move up to third in the Greene King IPA Championship for at least 24 hours.

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The hosts trailed 6-5 at the break despite dominating possession for long spells.

However, with the wind advantage in the second half, James Buckland's side took complete control scoring three tries before monsoon conditions made playing conditions virtually impossible near the end.

Victory proved the perfect tonic after exiting the B&I Cup last weekend with London Scottish now full focused on a big push for the play-offs in the remaining months of the season.

Dan Newton's first minute penalty hit the bar after a Pirates player failed to roll away from a ruck in what was a quiet opening ten minutes of the game.

Then, after a dangerous Pirates attack broke down on 14 minutes, referee Maxwell-Keys ruled Scottish offside and Kieran Hallett made no mistake with the simple penalty kick.

He doubled Pirates' advantage soon after with another successful penalty as Newton missed a good opportunity to half the deficit, miscuing his penalty attempt.

Stand-off Newton then missed a third penalty from virtually straight in front as the swirling wind caused problems for the kickers.

However the Welshman seemed unphased as he set up Scottish's opening try with an excellent kick to the corner.

From the resulting line-out, USA international prop Eric Fry touched down thanks to a fine drive to the line by his forward pack.

Newton's conversion sailed wide and Hallett missed a penalty from half way just before the break as the Pirates went in 6-5 ahead at the interval.

The hosts began the second half brilliantly with full-back Jim Thompson going over for Scottish's second try.

Miles Mantella, Dave Lyons and Tom Dunn made the yards before Newton and Andy Reay set up Thompson who stepped inside his man for the try.

Oli Grove missed the conversion but it was not long before the Scots had their third try of the afternoon.

Again, the impressive Dunn carried superbly, Jordi Pasqualin shipping the ball out quickly with Reay once again the provider, this time for Miles Mantella, who danced over for his 13th league try of the season.

The bonus point for London Scottish came midway through the half with Dunn powering his way over from close range to round off a fine afternoon for the dual registered Bath hooker, Adam Kwasnicki replacing him straight after.

Newton slotted the conversion and replacement James Love landed a difficult penalty from distance to make it 25-6.

The game almost descended into farce near the end as a blizzard swept in forcing the referee to debate whether to halt the game temporarily.

However they carried on and Scottish saw out the game in composed fashion 

Listen to James Buckland's post-match interview here:

London Scottish's next home match is against Plymouth Albion on Saturday, February 8, 2.30pm kick-off, with the Calcutta Cup clash being shown in the clubhouse after the game

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London Scottish:

15, Jim Thompson, 14, Mike Doneghan, 13, Oli Grove, 12, Andy Reay, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Jordi Pasqualin, 1, Eric Fry, 2, Tom Dunn, 3, Tom Francis, 4, Tyler Hotson, 5, Dave Lyons, 6, Ben Russell, 7, Chevvy Pennycook, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 16, Adam Kwasnicki, 21, James Love, 22, PJ Gidlow, 18, Paul Spivey, 19, Neil Best.

Unused replacements: 17, Mark Irish, 20, Lee Millar,

Tries: Fry, Thompson, Mantella, Dunn

Conversions: Newton

Penalties: Love

Cornish Pirates:

15, Craig Holland, 14, Mike Pope, 13, Tom Riley, 12, Alex Dancer, 11, Kieran Goss, 10, Kieran Hallett, 9, Tom Kessell, 1, Andrew Jack, 2, Rob Elloway, 3, Ben Prescott, 4, Will Graulich, 5, Darren Barry, 6, Chris Morgan (c), 7, Alex Cheeseman, 8, Aaron Carpenter.

Used replacements: Tom Shannon, 17, Shane Cahill, 18, Jake Parker, 19, Joe Atkinson, 20, Angus Sinclair, 21, Junior Fatialofa, 22, Kyle Moyle.

Penalties: Hallett (2)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Assistants: Gareth Holsgrove and Darryl Chapman

Attendance: 1,675. 

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