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Scots end B&I Cup campaign with win over Munster ‘A’

Scots end B&I Cup campaign with win over Munster ‘A’

London Scottish completed the double over Munster 'A' with an impressive 21-11 victory at Christian Brothers College in Cork.

London Scottish completed the double over Munster ‘A’ with an impressive 21-11 victory at Christian Brothers College in Cork.

In what were horrendous conditions, it wasn’t a day for expansive rugby and the Scots fronted up to make it four wins from their six British and Irish Cup matches in 2015/16.

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Unfortunately other results didn’t go in their favour which means that Scottish exit the tournament at the group stages, but they can take a huge amount of confidence as they head back in to the Greene King IPA Championship. 

The first-half wasn’t the most attractive of spectacles due to the weather, and the performance was built on the foundations of a strong defence. 

Munster went in front after just four minutes through a Johnny Holland penalty, but from then on it was the Scots who played the majority of the rugby. 

Russell Weir’s grubber kick forced Munster to kick in to touch under pressure around their try-line, but from the resulting lineout they were unable to gather and lost possession. 

Mark Bright scored the first try of the match after 34 minutes from a trademark driving maul. With a five-metre lineout the forwards romped towards the line and the number eight was able to dot the ball down to give Scottish the lead. 

Scottish had to fight off a huge amount of Munster pressure just before the break, and after  keeping Munster at bay they headed back in to the changing rooms at half-time with a 5-3 lead. 

Lee Millar nearly broke clear for the second try, but after intercepting the fly-half didn’t have the pace to beat the defenders and was hauled down short of the line. 

Holland’s second penalty put Munster back in front 15 minutes into the second half. The fly-half’s successful kick gave them a 6-5 lead before Scottish improved to secure the win in the final quarter of the match. 

Peter Lydon’s two penalties in the space of five minutes put them 11-6 up, before Jason Harries gave the Scots some breathing space. 

Scottish were camped in the Munster 22 before the centre crashed over the line from close range, and Lydon’s conversion gave his side an 18-6 lead.

Can Bohane brought the hosts back in to the match with eight minutes left. The centre picked an impressive line and broke through a number of defenders to score and bring Munster back to within seven points. 

In the 78th minute, Lydon’s third penalty of the afternoon with the clock running down extended the advantage to 10 points and sealed what was a confidence boosting win. 

The Scots now return to Greene King IPA Championship action, and host Yorkshire Carnegie at the Athletic Ground next Saturday afternoon in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. 

Tickets and hospitality are still available, and can be purchased on www.londonscottish.com or emailing lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com

Munster ‘A’:
15 David Johnston 14 Stephen Fitzgerald (replaced by Ned Hodson) 13 Dan Goggin (replaced by Steve McMahon) 12 Cian Bohane 11 Darren Sweetnam 10 Johnny Holland 9 Duncan Williams 1 Liam O’Connor 2 Kevin O’Byrne (replaced by Eddie Rossiter) 3 Peter McCabe 4 Lee Nicholas 5 Sean McCarthy 6 Jordan Coghlan (replaced by Ollie Lyons) 7 Sean Doyle (replaced by Conor Oliver) 8 Shane Buckley (c)

Replacements:
16 Eddie Rossiter 17 Brian Scott 18 Ollie Lyons 19 Conor Oliver 20 Ryan Foley 21 Ned Hodson 22 Steve McMahon

Scorers:
Tries: Cian Bohane (72 minutes)
Penalties: Johnny Holland (4, 56 minutes)

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Andrew Turner 13 Jason Harries 12 Craig Jackson (replaced by Matt Heeks) 11 Russell Weir 10 Lee Millar 9 George Horne (replaced by Nathan Earle) w1 Kurt Schonert (replaced by James Gibbons) 2 David Cherry (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki) 3 Max Maidment (replaced by Matt Shields) 4 Rory Bartle 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Alex Brown (replaced by Tyrone Moran) 7 Tinus du Plessis (replaced by Will Carrick Smith) 8 Mark Bright (c)

Replacements:
16 Adam Kwasnicki 17 James Gibbons 18 Matt Shields 19 Will Carrick Smith 20 Tyrone Moran  21 Nathan Earle 22 Matt Heeks

Scorers:
Tries: Mark Bright (34 minutes) Jason Harries (70 minutes)
Conversions:Peter Lydon (70 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (62, 67, 80 minutes)

Officials:
Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Shane Kierans & Will O’Connor

Half-Time: Munster ‘A’ 3 – 5 London Scottish

Full-Time: Munster ‘A’ 11 – 21 London Scottish 

 

 

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