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London Scots See Off Titans In Style

London Scots See Off Titans In Style

London Scottish laid down a marker in the opening weekend of the Greene King IPA Championship season this afternoon, securing a thrilling bonus point win over Rotherham Titans at Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish laid down a marker in the opening weekend of the Greene King IPA Championship season this afternoon, securing a thrilling bonus point win over Rotherham Titans at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Scots ran in five tries to Rotherham’s one for a 32-23 victory, denying Lee Blackett’s impressive side even a losing bonus point.


James Buckland’s new look front five and the tried and tested back-row trio of Mark Bright, Chevvy Pennycook and Neil Best did the damage, dominating the forward exchanges.

Skipper Bright claimed his first ever Championship hat-trick getting on the end of three powerful line-out drives with debutants Peter Lydon and James Phillips also scoring tries.

Rotherham were never out the contest however and showed enough to prove once again they will be competing for a top four finish come April.

They almost scored in the opening five minutes after turning defence into attack inside their own half.

Jack Roberts took advantage of turn over ball, bursting through some weak tackling before a last gasp tackle by Miles Mantella thwarted the outside centre in the left corner.

Titans were soon rewarded for a strong start when stand-off James McKinney kicked his team into a 3-0 lead on nine minutes after Scottish were penalised at the opening scrum.

Peter Lydon levelled matters up two minutes later with simple penalty before McKinney restored Rotherham’s advantage straight from kick-off courtesy of a fine penalty from distance.

The hosts scored their first try of the Championship campaign on 19 minutes.

From an attacking line-out, a trademark driving maul towards the line ended with Bright crashing over.

Peter Lyon’s left foot eased London Scottish into a 10-6 lead.

 A superb passage of play ten minutes from half time then saw both teams squander chances to score.

A marvellous counter by Titans was brilliantly defended by the Scots on their line before Jamie Stevenson kicked the ball back into visiting territory.

The ball sat up beautifully for the chasing Miles Mantella who only had to gather the ball for a free run to the line.

But much to his and the home fans’ chagrin, the winger knocked on and the opportunity was spurned.

A prolonged period of pressure four minutes from half-time enabled Rotherham kicker McKinney to make this a one point game thanks to his third penalty.

On the stroke of half-time, Scottish were awarded a kickable penalty themselves in the Titans 22.

Instead of opting for three points, the forwards put trust in their potent driving maul, Chevvy Pennycook securing the line-out before, once again, Bright touched down for his second try of the afternoon.

Lyon missed the conversion but it was Scottish who had the lead at half-time, 15-9.

London Scottish claimed their third try a minute into the second half.

A clever switch of play by scrum-half Jamie Stevenson saw the ball go through the hands of prop Mark Lilley and Bright, ending with full-back Lydon galloping towards the line and scoring in the left corner.

The former Stade Francais man converted the tough conversion to push Scottish 22-9 ahead.

McKinney reduced the deficit to seven points kicking two quick fire penalties before a third penalty from the fly half just before the hour mark made it 22-18.

At this point Titans were down to 14 men after centre Chris Harris was sin-binned for a high tackle on Lydon.

Just as Rotherham were back to 15, Scottish claimed their bonus point and Bright his hat-trick.

After winning a penalty from a scrum, deep inside Rotherham’s 22, the Scots opted for yet another attacking line-out.

Neil Best secured the ball before Bright had the simple task of touching down following more brilliant work by his pack.

With four minutes to go Scottish got their fifth try, this time from a more subtle line-out move.

Bright was again the architect, collecting the ball at the front and feeding Jamie Phillips who crashed over two defenders to score.

Adam Macklin drove over late on for Rotherham but the Scots held firm in the closing seconds to deny Titans a losing bonus point and ensure a perfect start to the season.

London Scottish next home match is against Bedford Blues on Saturday, September 20, 3pm kick-off.

Tickets and Hospitality can be purchased online here.

Listen to Mark Bright’s post match interview here.

Watch Peter Richards' LSTV Interview here.

Chevvy's Delight At Opening Day Win, click here.

London Scottish: 
15, Peter Lydon (replaced by Lee Millar); 14, Matt Williams; 13, Oli Grove; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Sam Stuart); 1. Mark Lilley (replaced by James Hallam); 2. Adam Kwasnicki (Replaced by David Cherry); 3. Ben Prescott (replaced by Max Maidment); 4. James Phillips (replaced by Tai Tuisamoa); 5, Adam Preocanin (replaced by Sam Twomey); 6, Neil Best; 7, Chevvy Pennycook; 8, Mark Bright (c).
16, James Hallam; 17, David Cherry; 18, Max Maidment; 19, Tai Tuisamoa; 20, Sam Twomey; 21, Sam Stuart; 22, Lee Millar.
Tries: Mark Bright (19, 40, 66 minutes) Peter Lydon (41 minutes) James Phillips (76 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (19, 41 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (11 minutes)
Drop Goals:
Rotherham Titans:
15 Sean Scanlon, 14 Jamie Broadley, 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Chris Harris (Replaced by Jordan Davies), 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 James McKinney, 9 Dan White (replaced by Zylon McGaffin), 1 Robin Hislop (replaced by Toby Williams), 2 Tom Cruse, 3 Mark Tampin (replaced by Adam Macklin), 4 Perry Parker (replaced by Ben Morris, replaced by William Ryan), 5 Tom Holmes (Capt.), 6 Ali Birch, 7 Jack Preece (replaced by Scott Freer), 8 Alex Rieder.

16 Scott Freer, 17 Toby Williams, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Ben Morris, 20 William Ryan, 21 Zylon McGaffin, 22 Jordan Davies.

Tries: Adam Macklin (78 minutes)
Penalties: James McKinney (9, 13, 36, 45, 52, 58 minutes)
Drop Goals:
Yellow Cards: Chris Harris

Referee: Greg MacDonald
Assistant Referees: Chris Sharp and Simon McConnell
Fourth Official: Paul Kimber
Fifth Official: Doug Cowie

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