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Jersey 20 London Scottish 17

Jersey 20 London Scottish 17

London Scottish suffer a third straight away loss in the Championship, losing narrowly 20-17 at St Peter.

London Scottish suffer a third straight away loss in the Championship, losing narrowly 20-17 at St Peter.

A spirited comeback in the second half from London Scottish was not enough to prevent Jersey from claiming their first Championship win and consigning Simon Amor’s side to a third away league defeat on the road. Scottish scored two tries in a second half comeback attempt, including a stunning length of the pitch move, and were within a score of winning or drawing the match but ultimately fell just short.


The home side struck the first blow of the match when Ed Dawson built on a good break from Brendan O’Brien and fed flanker Guy Thompson, who had the pace to finish from 30 metres out. Scottish fly half Phil Godman reduced the deficit with a penalty after Jersey infringed at the scrum but Jersey kicker Michael Le Bourgeois pushed his side’s lead out further with two successful kicks at goal, handing his side a 13-3 lead at half time.

Jersey scored the all important first score after the break – fine hands from Sean McCarthy, Nathan Hannah and Rob Anderson created a chance for James Copsey, who stepped inside and scorched his way to the try-line. But the momentum of the match soon changed as Jersey captain Hannay was sent to the sin bin, weakening the home side’s scrum, and Scottish took full advantage with a penalty try in the 52nd minute.

With five minutes to go, Scottish ensured a nervy finish for the home side as Jim Thompson put the seal on a marvellous length of the field move. The home side were on the attack deep in the Scottish half before the ball was turned over and Miles Mantella burst clear with a blistering run. Thompson ran an excellent supporting line, Mantella timed his pass to perfection and the full-back cantered over the line. Godman’s conversion was good and there were just three points in the game with minutes remaining.

Scottish sensed victory and threw everything at the home side in a frantic finale but Jersey’s defence held firm and the Londoners had to contend with a losing bonus point.

Director of Rugby Simon Amor was rueful after the match: “If you miss as many tackles and give away as many penalties as we did then it's always going to be hard. Jersey deserved the win and we've got plenty of technical things to work on.”

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