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Scots regain Bill and Temple Quaich with Athletic Ground derby victory

Scots regain Bill and Temple Quaich with Athletic Ground derby victory

London Scottish regained the Bill and Temple Quaich with a deserved 19-8 victory over neighbours Richmond in the Athletic Ground Derby.

London Scottish regained the Bill and Temple Quaich with a deserved 19-8 victory over neighbours Richmond in the Athletic Ground Derby.

The Scots were worthy winners after a lightning start put them in control of the match with three tries in the opening 20 minutes to secure the bragging rights until the next meeting.

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Jamie Stevenson gave Scottish the perfect start after just four minutes. A penalty was kicked in to the corner, and with the maul heading towards the line the scrum-half dotted the ball down to give his side an early 5-0 lead, which was extended to 7-0 with Peter Lydon’s conversion.

The second try followed just minutes later courtesy of Peter Lydon. The Scots were making ground near the Richmond 22, and Joe Atkinson’s neat offload allowed the full-back to use his pace and evade a number of defenders to dive over the line. The Irishman converted his own try, giving Scottish a 14-0 advantage. 

Richmond responded with a penalty from Rob Kirby, but the rampant Scots would hit back with their third try before the first quarter had ended. Again a number of support runners were making good ground in the 22, before Neale Patrick carried over the gain line and offloaded to Harry Sheppard who ran clear to score his first try for the club. 

Scottish had a 19-3 lead as they went in search of the bonus point try before the break, but the Richmond defence held firm despite being pinned in to their own 22 for large parts of the first 40 minutes.

In what were difficult windy conditions the second half became more of an up-front battle, and the only score of the half came with just eight minutes remaining. Richmond were awarded a penalty five metres from the try-line, and Andy Uren took it quickly before the defenders could get back to score a consolation try. 
 

The Scots held out as Richmond went after a losing bonus point and Peter Richards’ side came out deserved winners. They secured their first win since New Year’s Day and will be hoping this can spark them in to life with three games remaining of the 2016/17 season.

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Richmond:
15 Rob Kirby 14 Jordan Simpson-Hefft 13 Cameron Mitchell 12 Ronnie McLean 11 Jono Woodward 10 Rory Damant 9 Sam Stuart 1 Joe Tarrant 2 Ross Grimstone 3 Rupert Harden 4 Will Warden 5 Matt Corker 6 Adam Peters 7 Jack Allcock 8 Chris Davies

Replacements:
16 Richard Townsend 17 Timmy Walford 18 Tom Sargeant 19 Andy Uren 20 Freddie Gabbitass 21 Henry Cheeseman 22 Will Goodrick-Clarke

Scorers:
Tries: Andy Uren (72 minutes)
Penalties: Rob Kirby (17 minutes)

London Scottish:
15 Peter Lydon 14 Alec Coombes 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Tom Galbraith 11 Jason Harries 10 Harry Sheppard 9 Jamie Stevenson 1 Jonny Harris 2 David Cherry 3 Ewan McQuillin 4 Charlie Hewitt 5 Neale Patrick 6 Rory Bartle (c) 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Ifereimi Boladau 

Replacements:
16 Michael Liness 17 Grant Shiells 18 Phil Cringle 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Matt Marley 21 Craig Holland 22 Matt Williams 

Scorers: 
Tries: Jamie Stevenson (4 minutes) Peter Lydon (8 minutes) Harry Sheppard (19 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (4, 8 minutes)

Officials: 
Referee: Ben Blain
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Brian Ravenhill
Fourth Official: Fergus Kirby

Attendance: 1575

Half Time Score: Richmond 3 – 19 London Scottish

 

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