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Mantella Double Seals Third Straight Win

Mantella Double Seals Third Straight Win

A brace of tries from Miles Mantella helped Scottish to another win against high-flying opposition at the Richmond Athletic Ground as they triumphed 25-13 over Nottingham.

A brace of tries from Miles Mantella helped Scottish to another win against high-flying opposition at the Richmond Athletic Ground as they triumphed 25-13 over Nottingham.

Scottish produced another brilliant all-round performance in front of their home crowd, combining opportunistic attack with whole-hearted defence and recorded their second win over top four opposition of the year.

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Mantella pounced for both tries, displaying his electric pace as he raced onto loose balls to touch down, after James Love's assured kicking display had established an early lead. David Jackson scored for Nottingham after Scottish had been reduced to 13 men but the home side held on bravely to record a third straight league win.

The win over Bedford at the start of 2013 had proved that no team is safe when they visited the Athletic Ground and Scottish began the match eager to reinforce that view. In the opening minutes, Phil Godman attempted an ambitious cross-kick which Love just failed to reach but, moments later, Love was handed his first penalty opportunity of the day, which he dispatched with ease.

Nottingham looked good in possession and hearts were in mouths when Jackson tried to chase his own kick through. But supreme defensive work from Love helped Scottish win the turnover and, in the blink of an eye, they sent Mantella racing back up the other end of the field. A second penalty was then to come for Love, from around 30 metres out, and he added a third just after the half hour mark to push Scottish nine points ahead.

Then came the first try – the ball was worked to Mantella wide on the left and the winger kicked through a pack of defenders before showing blistering pace to reach his own punt and touch down in the left corner. Love couldn't add the conversion but Scottish had a handy 14-0 lead at half time.

Nottingham came out determined in the second period and fly half James Arlidge reduced the deficit with two quickfire penalties, both from dead centre. But, just as it looked as though the Green and Whites were mounting a comeback, Scottish struck again and in some style. Love pounced on loose ball and hacked forward, with only himself, Mantella and the covering Nottingham defender in pursuit. He toed it on once again, Mantella gave it one more push and the winger was able to grab the ball and score.

Love reinforced the Scottish lead with a fourth penalty before Nottingham embarked upon a 15 minute period of intense pressure. They camped on the Scottish try line, working their way through countless phases and reset scrums. Scottish lost Adam Kwasnicki and Nic Mayhew to the sin bin and despite a phenomenal effort from the 13 men on the field, the visitors were able to work Jackson over in the left corner. Arlidge converted and the fight-back looked to be back on.

But Scottish were united in defence and, once Love had nailed his fifth penalty and the side had been restored to a full complement of 15, they looked fairly comfortable with a 12 point lead. They held on to secure a third consecutive Championship win and they are undefeated at the Richmond Athletic Ground since the start of November.

London Scottish travel to Cornish Pirates on Sunday 17th February. Their next home match is against Jersey on Saturday 2nd March. Book your tickets online now!

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