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Scots back to winning ways with seven-try victory over Ospreys

Scots back to winning ways with seven-try victory over Ospreys

London Scottish recorded their first win of 2016 in emphatic style, with a seven-try 49-7 victory over Ospreys Premiership Select at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish recorded their first win of 2016 in emphatic style, with a seven-try 49-7 victory over Ospreys Premiership Select at the Athletic Ground.

The news earlier in the week regarding the partnership with Scottish Rugby clearly galvanised the squad, and the win now means that the Scots head to Munster next weekend in the final pool match of the British and Irish Cup, knowing that a victory may well see them quality for the quarter-finals. 


In what was a slow opening to the match the early exchanges suggested that it might be a tight battle, but the Scots then exploded in to life and had the four-try bonus-point wrapped up before half-time. 

Rory Hughes scored his first of two tries just after the 15-minute mark after the winger found himself in acres of space on the left side. Nathan Earle made an impressive break, and after he was eventually hauled down within touching distance of the line, the ball was recycled and spun out to Hughes on the wing to score. Peter Lydon boasted a 100% record from the tee all afternoon, and his first of seven conversions made it 7-0 to the Scots. 

Matt Heeks scored the second try of the match on 25 minutes. Scottish had a five-metre scrum and a huge shove saw them charging over the line, which allowed the scrum-half to dot the ball over. 

Hughes made it five tries in five matches for the Scots with an interception try. A loose pass on the half-way line was fumbled and allowed the Scotland international to sprint under the posts whilst visibly full of delight with his hand in the air as he approached the line. 

The bonus-point try came on the brink of half-time, it was another huge shove at scrum-time and referee Ben Blain saw no option but to go under the posts. Lydon’s fourth conversion gave the Scots a 28-0 lead at the break. 

The fifth try came courtesy of captain Freddie Clarke after 50 minutes, who was the beneficiary of a rolling maul which drove over the Ospreys line and allowed the skipper to score before the Ospreys scored their first and only try of the match. 
The visitors had a penalty in the Scottish 22, and after edging closer to the line it was prop Gareth Thomas who drove over. Luke Price’s impressive conversion gave the Welsh side some cause for optimism. 

However it was Scottish who had the final say, and also two more tries in them. Matt Heeks scored his second with a sniping dummy which cut the defence in half and allowed him to dive over the line under the posts and stretch the Scots’ lead to 42-7. 

Tyrone Moran scored the seventh and final try for Scottish with 73 minutes played, the hooker who completed his first 80 minutes for the Scots drove over the line from close range after making the initial break himself. Lydon’s conversion wrapped up the scoring and completed a morale-boosting 49-7 victory. 

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Nathan Earle (replaced by Andrew Turner) 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Craig Jackson 11 Rory Hughes 10 Dan Newton (replaced by Mark Bright) 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Ben Calder) 1 Jack Cosgrove (replaced by James Hallam) 2 Tyrone Moran  3 Geoff Cross (replaced by Jimmy Litchfield) 4 Rory Bartle (replaced by Kieran Treadwell) 5 Will Carrick Smith 6 Alex Brown 7 Chris Walker (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki) 8 Freddie Clarke (c)

16 Adam Kwasnicki 17 James Hallam 18 Jimmy Litchfield 19 Kieran Treadwell 20 Mark Bright  21 Ben Calder 22 Andrew Turner

Tries: Rory Hughes (17, 34 minutes) Matt Heeks (25, 58 minutes) Penalty Try (40 minutes) Freddie Clarke (50 minutes) Tyrone Moran (73 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (17, 25, 34, 40, 50, 59, 74 minutes)

Ospreys Premiership Select:
15. Joe Gage 14. Richard Fussell (C) 13. Tom Williams 12. Joe Thomas 11. Keelan Giles 10. Luke Price 9. Matthew Aubrey (replaced by Reuben Morgan Williams) 1. Gareth Thomas 2. Scott Otten 3. Ryan Thomas 4. Adam Beard 5. Rynier Bernardo 6. Josh Cole 7. Lloyd Evans 8. Ifereimi Boladau

16. Cai Lewis 17. Joe Tomalin Reeves 18. Marc Thomas 19. Matthew Dwyer 20. Rhys Jones 21. Reuben Morgan Williams 22. Kieran Williams

Tries: Gareth Thomas (55 minutes)
Conversions: Luke Price (55 minutes)

Referee: Ben Blain
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Healy & Gregory Garner
Fourth Official: David Clarkson

Half-Time: London Scottish 28 – 0 Ospreys Premiership Select

Full-Time: London Scottish 49 – 7 Ospreys Premiership Select

Man-Of-The-Match: Robbie Fergusson

Attendance: 849



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