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Scots Return To Winning Ways In Style

Scots Return To Winning Ways In Style

London Scottish returned to winning ways this evening securing a 38-17 bonus point victory over Jersey at Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish returned to winning ways this evening securing a 38-17 bonus point victory over Jersey at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Scots scored six tries to the Islanders two in a highly entertaining encounter played in front of more than 2,000 fans.

It was a welcome victory for James Buckland’s side following four consecutive defeats and consolidated their position firmly in the top four heading into a huge encounter with Doncaster next weekend before the B&I Cup action resumes.

After a quiet opening, the game burst into life on 12 minutes when Miles Mantella collected a box kick inside his own half before evading the first line of defence and powering into Jersey’s half.

The winger then offloaded to support runner Peter Lydon who went over for the try.



The full-back converted his own try for 7-0 before Jersey’s Jonny Bentley reduced to deficit with a fine penalty from distance.

Gregor Gillanders was sin-binned soon after for persistent infringement by the Scots but the hosts withheld Jersey’s onslaught and scored a vital second try against the run of play.

With the Islanders piling on the pressure, a loose pass by second rower Dave Markham was collected by Lee Millar who cruised home from inside his own 22.

Lydon kicked the easy conversion to open up an 11 point gap on 33 minutes and right on half-time it got better for Scottish.

After a prolonged period of pressure inside Jersey’s 22, impressive winger Mantella collected a neat pass by Dan Newton, cutting a fine line and scoring from 10 metres out.

The conversion wasn’t easy but Lydon made no mistake, giving Scottish a 21-3 interval lead.

Jersey began the half on top, piling on the pressure but could not convert their dominance into points.

And once again they were punished when Scottish went up the other end and scored, Quins dual-registered flanker James Chisholm scrambling over from close range to secure the bonus point.

Lydon was immaculate from the tee easing the Scots 28-3 ahead and it got even better when the league’s top try scorer Mark Bright peeled off a driving maul to score in the left corner.

Lydon missed the conversion but James Buckland’s men were 30 points to the good by the hour mark.

Jersey eventually breached the Scottish defence five minutes later when prop Sam Lockwood went over from close range after a driving maul, Bentley converting the try for 33-10.

It got better for Jersey when winger Grant Pointer scored their second try which Bentley again converted.

Just as the Islanders thought they had a way back into the game the Scots shut them out in impressive fashion.

Lydon collected his own huge Garryowen before finding Lee Millar whose neat pass allowed Matt Williams to score.

Irishman Lydon miscued the resulting conversion but Scottish were back in total command at 38-17.

Bright thought he had grounded the ball over the line right on full-time but referee Simon Harding deemed he was held up before blowing the whistle for full-time.

London Scottish take on Connacht in their next home match on Saturday, November 29th, 7pm kick-off.
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London Scottish:
15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Lee Millar, 12, PJ Gidlow, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton (replaced by Charlie Dockery), 9, Matt Heeks (replaced by Chris Auld), 1, James Hallam (replaced by Mark Lilley), 2, Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry), 3, Ben Prescott (replaced by Lovejoy Chawatama), 4, James Phillips, 5, Gregor Gillanders (replaced by Freddie Clarke), 6, Neil Best, 7, James Chisholm, 8, Mark Bright (c).
16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Lovejoy Chawatama, 19, Des Brett, 20, Freddie Clarke, 21, Chris Auld, 22, Charlie Dockery.
Tries:  Peter Lydon (10 minutes) Lee Millar (32 minutes) Miles Mantella (40 minutes) James Chisholm (52 minutes) Mark Bright (58 minutes) Matt Williams (75 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (10, 32, 40, 53 minutes)
Yellow Card: Gregor Gillanders
Jersey Rugby: 
15 Jack Burroughs (replaced by Tobias Hoskins), 14 Mark Foster, 13 Drew Locke, 12 Lewis Robling, 11 Grant Pointer, 10 Jonny Bentley, 9 Joel Dudley (replaced by Ryan Glynn), 1 Sam Lockwood (replaced by Ignacio Lancuba), 2 Martin Garcia-Veiga (replaced by Gareth Harris), 3 Danny Herriott (replaced by Jon Brennan), 4 Nick Campbell, 5 Dave Markham (replaced by Michael Noone), 6 Alex Rae (c), 7 Ryan Hodson, 8 Nick Haining (replaced by Paula Kaho)
16 Ignacio Lancuba, 17 Gareth Harris, 18 Jon Brennan, 19 Paula Kaho, 20 Michael Noone, 21 Ryan Glynn, 22 Tobias Hoskins
Tries: Sam Lockwood (65 minutes) Grant Pointer (72 minutes)
Conversions: Jonny Bentley (66, 73 minutes)
Penalties: Jonny Bentley (19 minutes)
Referee: Simon Harding
Assistant Referees: Richard Kelly & Jonathan Healy
Fourth Official: Clare Daniels
MAN OF THE MATCH: Miles Mantella

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