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Impressive Scottish secure opening day win

Impressive Scottish secure opening day win

London Scottish began their Greene King IPA Championship campaign on Saturday with an impressive 44-13 bonus point win over league newcomers Ealing Trailfinders at Allianz Park.

London Scottish began their Greene King IPA Championship campaign on Saturday with an impressive 44-13 bonus point win over league newcomers Ealing Trailfinders at Allianz Park.

In all, Scottish scored five tries with a late surge in the final quarter seeing off a spirited effort by Trailfinders.

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On an overcast day, thankfully the rain stayed away allowing the crowd to enjoy an entertaining game which saw six tries scored in total.

Ealing Trailfinders kicked-off and immediately secured an early penalty out wide which was successfully sent through the posts by full-back Andy Hall.

Dan Newton then missed a difficult penalty for Scottish near half way before they claimed their first try of the league season on 11 minutes.

A fine catch and drive from the Athletic Ground outfit secured a penalty in a kickable position but skipper Mark Bright opted for another line-out.

Again the catch and drive ensued before the ball was shipped out to Newton. He then fed Miles Mantella on the inside who went over unchallenged.

Stand-off Newton kicked the extras to make it 7-3.

Soon after the deficit was cut to one point courtesy of another Hall penalty.

London Scottish's attacking forays were being thwarted by their own indiscipline at times but after Alex Karonias stole line-out ball deep inside the Trailfinders 22, they were awarded a penalty themselves which Newton converted from in front to open up a 10-6 lead.

Eight minutes from half time and Scottish began to take control.

A surging run down the right touchline by Bright saw him fend off the would-be tackler before offloading to support man Mike Doneghan who cruised in. Newton kicked a tricky conversion for 17-6.

Trailfinders needed to start the second half well and they did so with Phil Chesters scampering over in the left corner for their first try of the season. Hall kicked the difficult conversion which made it 17-13.

Scottish responded well however and after a good attacking move they were awarded a penalty right in front of the posts from which Newton claimed his second penalty of the afternoon.

It got even better for the boys in blue when they scored their third try just after the hour mark, replacement scrum half Jordi Pasqualin finding space out wide to go over the white line.

Newton's kick made it 27-13 and with the Scottish team's fitness proving a telling factor in this game, they again got on the score sheet through Newton's boot after another period of phase rugby.

Ealing did pressure the Scottish line in the last ten minutes but that was put to bed thanks to a brilliant Harry Allen turnover on his own line.

From then on it was one way traffic. After a collapsed scrum inside their own 22, Scottish took the quick tap penalty which eventually found Joe Trayfoot who went over for the bonus point try.

Newton did the business once again with the resulting conversion and right on the final whistle another powerful Bright burst through the tiring Ealing defence ended with Trayfoot scoring his second try of the day.

Newton ended the game with his fifth conversion to make it a perfect afternoon's work at Allianz Park.

Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here

London Scottish: 1, Nick Mayhew, (17,Mark Irish, 53 mins) 2, Ted Stagg (16, Harry Allen, 48 mins), 3, Lewis Thiede (18, Eric Fry, 53 mins) 4, Alex Karonias, (19, Joe Trayfoot, 59mins) 5, David Lyons, 6, Chevvy Pennycook, 7, Neil Best, 8, Mark Bright (c), 9, Jamie Stevenson (20, Jordi Pasqualin, 53 mins),10, Dan Newton, 11, Miles Mantella, 12, Andy Reay, 13 (22, PJ Gidlow, 41mins), Oli Grove, 14, Mike Doneghan, 15, Jim Thompson.

Unused subs: 21, James Love.

Tries: Mantella, Doneghan, Pasqualin, Trayfoot x2
Conversions: Newton x5,
Penalties: Newton x 3

Ealing Trailfinders: 1, Ryan Storer, (17, Conor Carey, 60 mins), 2, Karl Gibson, (16, Richard Townsend, 60 mins), 3, Tim Brockett (18, Kyle Sinckler, 48 mins), 4, Adam Preocanin, 5, Gavin Curry (c), 6, Ed Siggery, (19, Matt Evans, 69 mins), 7, Sam Hocking, (20, Jack Clifford, 48mins), 8, Thomas Anderson, 9, Stuart Commins, 10, Ben Ward, 11, Phil Chesters, 12, Tom Bedford, 13, Chris Kinloch, 14, Sam Wardingley (21, Morgan Thompson, 73 mins), 15, Andy Hall.

Unused subs: 22 Billy Robinson.

Tries: Chesters
Conversions: Hall
Penalties: Hall x2
Yellow Card, Conor Carey, 76 mins.

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