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Scots blow Jersey away with five-try victory at St. Peter’s

Scots blow Jersey away with five-try victory at St. Peter’s

London Scottish produced their best performance of the season so far to secure an impressive 36-10 victory over Jersey at St. Peter's.

London Scottish produced their best performance of the season so far to secure an impressive 36-10 victory over Jersey at St. Peter’s.

The Scots played some scintillating attacking rugby which saw them score five tries to secure a try bonus point and move up to fifth in the Greene King IPA Championship.

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Scottish got off to the perfect start after Dan Koroi’s try gave them an early lead. A penalty was kicked to the corner, and from the resulting lineout the Fijian international bundled over the line after a strong rolling maul. Peter Lydon’s conversion made it 7-0 after four minutes. 

The lead was nearly doubled just after but Robbie Fergusson’s grubber kick was gathered by Jersey who scrambled the ball clear. A counter attack saw the centre flying down the wing and his grubber inside had plenty of Scottish men chasing but the hosts managed to secure possession, and then Brendan Cope kicked a penalty to make the score 7-3. 

The Scots then scored two tries in quick succession just before half time to take a commanding lead. 

On the 30 minute mark Danny Kenny went over the line for his second try of the season. Patrick Kelly made a break in the middle of the pitch and drew in a number of defenders, before spreading the ball wide for Kenny to score in the corner. Lydon’s conversion made it 14-3. 

Patrick Kelly then scored five minutes later to extend the lead further. Sustained pressure deep in the 22 gave the Scots a huge opportunity, and the centre crashed over the line from close range to send his side down the tunnel at half time with a 21-3 lead. 

The Scots secured the bonus point with their fourth try just after the break with a superb try from Jason Harries. The ball was spun wide to Fergusson who chipped over the top of the oncoming defender, gathered the ball and then passed inside to Harries who ran clear to score under the posts. Lydon’s conversion gave the Scots a comfortable 28-3 lead.

David Cherry scored for the fourth match in a row just after as the Scots kept up the intensity. The in-form hooker drove over the line from a rolling maul to all-but secure the victory. 

Jersey responded with a try of their own on the hour mark. With an overlap on the left wing, Rich Lane gathered the ball and had a clear run to the line to score in the corner. Cope’s conversion cut the deficit to 10-33. 

Peter Lydon rounded off the scoring with a penalty in the closing stages to give the Scots a well-deserved 36-10 victory.

The Scots have now won three of their last four matches, and head in to the British and Irish Cup opener against Cardiff next weekend high on confidence with performances improving week-on-week. 

Jersey Reds:
15 Ross Adair 14 George Watkins 13 Regan King 12 Lewis Robling 11 Rich Lane 10 Brendan Cope 9 Kieran Hardy 1 Marc Thomas 2 Jack Macfarlane 3 Jake Armstrong 4 Nick Campell 5 Uili Lolo’ofa’i 6 Max Argyle 7 James Freeman (c) 8 Nick Haining

Replacements:
16 Nick Selway 17 Sean McCarthy 18 Mark Tampin 19 Dave McKern 20 James Doyle 21 Joel Dudley 22 Jordan Davies

Scorers: 
Tries: Rich Lane (59 minutes)
Conversions: Brendan Cope (59 minutes)
Penalties: Brendan Cope (17 minutes)

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Craig Holland 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Patrick Kelly 11 Jason Harries  (replaced by Ben Rath) 10 Harry Sheppard (replaced by Alec Coombes) 9 Jamie Stevenson (replaced by Hugh Fraser) 1 Grant Shiells (replaced by Jonny Harris) 2 David Cherry (replaced by Cameron Fenton) 3 Dan Koroi (replaced by Nick Beavon) 4 Rory Bartle (c) 5 Neale Patrick (replaced by Dom McGeekie) 6 Danny Kenny 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Ally Miller

Replacements: 
16 Cameron Fenton 17 Jonny Harris 18 Nick Beavon 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Hugh Fraser 21 Alec Coombes 22 Ben Rath

Scorers: 
Tries: Dan Koroi (5 minutes) Danny Kenny (31 minutes) Patrick Kelly (37 minutes) Jason Harries (43 minutes) David Cherry (54 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (3, 31, 37, 43 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (78 minutes)

Officials: 
Referee: John Meredith
Assistant Referees: Simon Adams & Kevin Stewart
Fourth Official: Robert Bourke

Half-Time Score: Jersey Reds 3 – 21 London Scottish

Man of the Match: Danny Kenny

Attendance: 1702

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