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Scots exit B&I Cup after Welsh defeat

Scots exit B&I Cup after Welsh defeat

London Scottish were knocked out the British and Irish Cup this afternoon after losing 21-18 to London Welsh at Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish were knocked out the British and Irish Cup this afternoon after losing 21-18 to London Welsh at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Welsh scored 18 unanswered points, recovering from an 18-3 deficit to win by three points meaning Pontypridd go through to the quarter-finals as Pool Two winners.

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It was a classic game of two halves with Scottish dominating the forward battle in the opening 40 before London Welsh took control after the interval.

The hosts looked nervy in the second period as they tried to protect their lead and Welsh took full advantage, capitalising on Scottish errors to claim the win.

A draw would have been enough to send Scottish through but despite having opportunities to kick for goal near the end the home side went for the five points but failed to score.

In one attack they were held up over the line and at the resulting scrum Scottish were penalised, allowing Welsh to clear their lines and eventually see out the match.

In a game played in front of 2485 spectators, London Scottish secured an early lead through the boot of James Love.

Seb Jewell missed the chance to respond almost immediately, pushing a penalty wide before Love nonchalantly stepped up twice more to ease Scottish into a 9-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Love was at it again five minutes later putting Scottish 12-0 ahead with another beautifully struck penalty.

The Greene King IPA Championship leaders did get on the scoresheet midway through the half with replacement stand-off Will Robinson's sliced effort meandering its way through the posts.

The hosts then secured a penalty from a scrum right on the Dragons line with Love making it 5 from 5 as Scottish moved 12 points ahead again.

Brilliant work by David Lyons at the breakdown earned the Scots another penalty and from distance Love made it six successful penalty attempts for 18-3.

The Welsh needed to score next and they did just that on 35 minutes with centre Tom May going over for a try in the right corner after a fine carry by number eight Ollie Stedman.

Robinson missed the tough conversion.

James Love did have the opportunity to kick another penalty following great work by Matt Everard at the breakdown but this time his effort drifted wide.

The full-back missed another kick early in the second half as Scottish began retreating into their shells which played right into their opponents' hands.

Welsh piled on the pressure for a 10 minute period but two knocks on halted their attacking advances inside the Scots' 22.

Eventually they got some reward when Will Robinson's penalty made it a seven point game midway through the half.

Scottish were struggling to gain any foothold in the match and their scrums became a source of concern, Robinson slotting over a penalty after the hosts were penalised at scrum time.

It was not long before Welsh took the lead for the first time in the game with Nathan Morris going over for a try following an attacking line-out.

Robinson's conversion edged Welsh 21-18 ahead and despite a desperate attempt to get back in the game, the visitors held out which means Pontypridd go into the hat for the quarter-final draw.

Listen to coach James Buckland's audio interview here.

– London Scottish take on Cornish Pirates next Saturday, January 25, 3pm kick-off at the Athletic Ground in a Greene King IPA Championship clash.

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London Scottish

15, James Love, 14, Peter Homan, 13, Oli Grove, 12, PJ Gidlow, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Robbie Shaw, 1, Mark Irish, 2, Tom Dunn, 3, Tom Francis, 4, Alex Karonias, 5, Dave Lyons, 6, Ben Russell, 7, Matt Everard, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 16, Adam Kwasnicki, 17, Eric Fry,19, Paul Spivey, 18, Lewis Thiede, 20, Jordi Pasqualin, 21, Lee Millar, 22, Jim Thompson.

Penalties: Love (6)

London Welsh:

15, Alan Awcock, 14, Seb Stegmann, 13, Tom May (C), 12, Sonny Parker, 11, Joe Ajuwa, 10, Seb Jewell, 9, Chris Cook, 1, Nathan Trevett, 2, Nathan Vella, 3, James Tideswell, 4, Mitch Lees 5, Peter Browne, 6, Richard Thorpe, 7, Carl Kirwan, 8, Ollie Stedman.

Used replacements: 16, Nathan Morris, 17, Alec Hepburn, 18, Peter Edwards, 22, Will Robinson, 21, Ollie Frost, 20, Mike Denbee, 19, Ben West.

Tries: May, Morris

Conversions: Robinson

Penalties: Robinson (3)

Referee: Gary Conway

Assistants: Simon Harding and Simon McConnell.

Attendance: 2485. 

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