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London Scottish 37-26 Doncaster Knights

London Scottish 37-26 Doncaster Knights

A fantastic attacking performance, including a try bonus point, ensured London Scottish won their second game of the season.

A fantastic attacking performance, including a try bonus point, ensured London Scottish won their second game of the season.

London Scottish overcame a slow start to record an impressive bonus point win over Doncaster.
The home side was 14 – 0 down after fifteen minutes but produced a blistering comeback with tries from David Howells, Mark Bright, Phil Godman, a penalty try and Paul Spivey to secure the victory.


Doncaster started strongly and took an early lead through a converted try from full back Doug Flockhart who caught the home side off guard with a quick-tap penalty.
The visitors soon extended their lead with a try from wing Tyson Lewis who barreled over the line from close range. Doncaster fly-half Lennard nailed the touchline conversion.

It took a piece of individual brilliance from wing David Howells to spark the home side into life.
After a Doncaster player conceded possession on the half way line, the ball was shipped over to the left wing and Howells outpaced the cover defence with an arching run which brought the crowd to their feet.

Scottish gradually established a foothold in the game and full back Love reduced the deficit with a long range penalty before captain Mark Bright led by example with a crucial try.
Centre PJ Gildow made an initial burst into the Doncaster 22, the ball was recycled and Bright cantered over after being fed by scrum-half Richard Bolt.

London Scottish scored their third try on the verge of half time through replacement fly-half Phil Godman.
PJ Gildow once again punched a hole in Doncaster’s midfield and off loaded to prop MacKenzie whose surging run was halted just before the try line. The ball was quickly recycled right and Godman darted between two defenders to score underneath the posts. Love kicked the conversion and Scottish went into half time with a 22-14 lead.

London Scottish, just as they had done in the first half, started the second half slowly and were punished by their opponents.
The Doncaster pack won a scrum against the head deep in Scottish territory and their number eight passed to scrum-half Hallam to stroll over unopposed. Lennard missed the conversion so the gap between the two sides was three points.

Scottish soon responded through a Love penalty and the pack then got revenge on their adversaries by forcing a penalty try after a series of scrums close to the Doncaster line.

Scottish made victory secure with a try from lock Paul Spivey.
The home side launched an attack from a mid-field scrum and a series of deft off-loads saw them to within touching distance of the try line. The ball was moved left and quick hands allowed Spivey to cross in the corner.

There was still time left for Doncaster wing Lewis to score an impressive long distance try but by this point Scottish’s victory was assured.

They will hope to build on this important win next week when they travel to Nottingham on Friday night.

Next home game: London Scottish v Cornish Pirates, Saturday 6th October, 3pm

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