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Scots hold on for valuable victory over Cornish Pirates

Scots hold on for valuable victory over Cornish Pirates

London Scottish produced a hugely gutsy display to secure a 25-24 victory over Cornish Pirates despite a late comeback from the visitors which made for an anxious ending at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish produced a hugely gutsy display to secure a 25-24 victory over Cornish Pirates despite a late comeback from the visitors which made for an anxious ending at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots had a 15-3 lead with 20 minutes remaining but the Pirates came back strongly and Scottish required a late Dave Cherry try to make sure of the points. Nicolas De Battista scored in the 79th minute for the visitors to cut the gap to 25-24, but the Scots were able to held on for a valuable victory. 

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The victory means that the Scots have won two of their last three matches as the squad continues to improve as the season goes on. 

The match started with the hosts in control. Peter Lydon kicked the Scots in to a 3-0 lead on his 60th appearance, before back-to-back tries gave Scottish a healthy advantage. 

Grant Shiells scored a brilliant try on 13 minutes to put the Scots 8-0 ahead. Great work from Jamie Stevenson and Jason Harries saw an overlap created on the left wing, and the prop received the ball outside the 22 but had enough pace to soar past the defenders and score to the delight of the crowd. 

Two minutes later another try was scored, and one that will live long in the memory for the 955 in attendance. Lydon got the ball deep inside his own half, and danced his way past a number of defenders before popping the ball up to Ally Miller. The number eight drew in the last defender before offloading to Joe Atkinson, who was able to run clear to score under the posts. Lydon’s conversion made it 15-0 with as many minutes played, but a Will Cargill cut the gap to 15-3. 

Scottish were under huge pressure and forced to absorb the full force of the Pirates for the remainder of the half, but admirable defence ensured that they headed down the tunnel at the break with a 15-3 advantage. 

The second-half started with the Scots on the front foot. The forwards were putting in a huge shift, and after a number of penalties Scottish had a scrum on the five-metre line. Despite being awarded seven penalties the referee was reluctant to award a penalty try, which forced the Scots to play. Eventually the ball came out but as it was spun wide Kyle Moyle intercepted and ran the length of the field to bring the Pirates right back in to the match. Cargill converted to make it 15-10, with the home side frustrated for not extending their lead. 

Harry Sheppard kicked a penalty to edge Scottish 18-10 ahead and crucially out of range from a converted try, but Brett Beukeboom ensured that the crowd were in for a nervy ending to the match, with a try which was converted by Cargill making it 18-17 with 10 minutes to play. 

The Scots again relied on the forwards to gain any form of possession, and they were awarded a penalty from the scrum which Sheppard kicked deep in to the Pirates 22. 

The rolling maul powered towards the line, and David Cherry dotted the ball down to score his third try in as many matches. Sheppard’s conversion made it 25-17. 

Pirates still wouldn’t lie down, and De Battista scored with a minute remaining to cut the gap to just one point. From the re-start the ball went straight out giving the visitors a scrum on the half-way line but Scottish managed to scramble the ball back and boot the ball out of the ground to celebrate a much-needed victory. 

Scottish now face Jersey away next weekend before the start of the British and Irish Cup, and head in to next week which great confidence after giving the Pirates their first defeat of the season.

London Scottish:

15 Peter Lydon (replaced by Patrick Kelly) 14 Alec Coombes 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Tom Galbraith 11 Jason Harries 10 Harry Sheppard 9 Jamie Stevenson 1 Grant Shiells (replaced by Jonny Harris) 2 David Cherry 3 Dan Koroi (replaced by Ewan McQuillin) 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 Ewan McQuillin 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Ed Hoadley 21 Patrick Kelly 22 Craig Holland

Scorers: 
Tries: Grant Shiells (13 minutes) Joe Atkinson (15 minutes) David Cherry (75 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (15 minutes) Harry Sheppard (75 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (5 minutes) Harry Sheppard (65 minutes)

Cornish Pirates:

15 Toby May, 14 Kyle Moyle, 13 Alex Dancer, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Matt Evans, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day; 1 Paul Andrew, 2 Rob Elloway, 3 Jack Andrew, 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jake Parker, 7 Alex Cheesman, 8 Tom Duncan (c).

Replacements: 

16 Jack Innard, 17 Marlen Walker, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 Dan Lee, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Mike Pope, 22 Laurence May.

Scorers: 
Tries: Kyle Moyle (61 minutes) Brett Beukeboom (66 minutes) Nicolas de Battista (78 minutes)
Conversions: Will Cargill (61 minutes) Laurence May (66, 78 minutes)
Penalties: Will Cargill (18 minutes)
Yellow Card: Paul Andrew

Officials: 
Referee: Simon Harding
Assistant Referees: Matthew Daubney & Dino Maddern
Fourth Official: Alexis Manley 

Half-Time Score: London Scottish 15 – 3 Cornish Pirates

Man of the Match: Dave Cherry

Attendance: 955

Watch a post-match interview with Forwards Coach John Dalziel and match highlights below: 

 

 

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