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Scots salvage late try bonus point in Headingley defeat

Scots salvage late try bonus point in Headingley defeat

London Scottish showed admirable character to score two late tries, ensuring that they left Headingley with a four try bonus-point in a 39-29 defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie.

London Scottish showed admirable character to score two late tries, ensuring that they left Headingley with a four try bonus-point in a 39-29 defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie.

The Scots trailed 39-15 in the closing stages, but tries from Hugh Fraser and Craig Holland secured a point after earlier scores from David Cherry and Alec Coombes. 


The point means that Scottish have taken six points from their last two matches, putting them firmly in a mid-table position in the Greene King IPA Championship after four rounds. 

Carnegie got off to the perfect start with a try from Stevie McColl after just two minutes. The full-back got the ball just outside the 22, and he gathered his own intelligent chip over the top to score the opening try. Joe Ford’s conversion gave the hosts a 7-0 lead. 

Five minutes later Rory Clegg put the Scots on the scoreboard with a long-range penalty to make it 7-3, before a huge opportunity for Scottish passed them by, and resulted in another Carnegie try. 

Jason Harries broke through the defence with a powerful run and was hauled down just short. An infringement meant that Seb Stegmann was sent to the sin-bin, and from the resulting line-out the ball was spun wide. The Scots had an overlap on the right hand side but the final pass to score was intercepted, and Stevie McColl ran the length of the field to score his second try. Ford converted, and then also kicked a drop goal to give Carnegie a 17-3 advantage. 

Rob O’Donnell got Carnegie’s third try just before the half-hour mark. A penalty gave them a five-metre lineout, and the prop drove over the line from the rolling maul to put his side 22-3 ahead. 

Scottish responded brilliantly, and two tries before the break brought them back in to the match. 

David Cherry scored for the second match in a row with a well-worked try on 32 minutes. From the back of a lineout Dan Koroi broke away, and his inside pass which confused the Carnegie defence found Cherry, who ran clear from 20 metres to score under the posts. Clegg’s conversion make it 22-10, before another Ford penalty edged Carnegie 25-10 ahead. 

Scottish had a scrum on the half-way line in the last play of the first-half, and Alec Coombes scored emphatically to send the Scots down the tunnel with all of the momentum. Quick hands in the middle of the pitch saw the ball passed out to Coombes on the wing, who showed impressive pace and footwork to score in the corner, meaning the Scots trailed 25-15 at half-time. 

Rob O’Donnell got his second try of the match 10 minutes in to the second half from another rolling maul to secure their bonus point, and it was quickly followed by a powerful try from Ryan Burrows who surged through the Scottish defence to put the hosts 39-15 in front and in control of the match before the hour. 

The Scots then emptied their bench which gave them plenty of extra energy, and an excellent try from Hugh Fraser with 10 minutes remaining gave them hope of leaving with the four-try bonus point. The move started in their own 22 and saw the entire team involved with a number of phases before they got within touching distance of the line, allowing Fraser to snipe over to score. 

Carnegie had a 39-22 lead heading in to the final minutes with both sides playing expansive rugby to the delight of the crowd, and Scottish managed to get possession with a minute to play knowing that they had one more chance. 

Another move from their own 22 saw them creeping closer to the line showing impressive patience, and the ball was eventually spun wide to Craig Holland. The winger touched down in the corner for his first try for Scottish, meaning that the Scots got a hard-fought and deserved bonus point. Clegg’s touchline conversion made the final score 39-29 to the hosts. 

With three of the opening four matches of the season being played away from home, the Scots now head back to the Athletic Ground to face the in-form Cornish Pirates next Saturday. Tickets and hospitality places are still available, and can be purchased by clicking here. 

Yorkshire Carnegie:
15. Stevie McColl 14. Oli Goss 13. Andy Forsyth 12. Pete Lucock 11. Seb Stegmann 10. Joe Ford 9. Alex Davies 1. Lewis Boyce 2. Phil Nilsen 3. Rob O’Donnell 4. Dean Schofield 5. Matt Smith 6. Richard Beck 7. Andy Saull 8. Ryan Burrows (c)

16. Ross Graham 17. Lee Imiolek 18. Ciaran Parker 19. Jack Wheaton 20. Chris Walker 21. Max Green 22. Alex Gray

Tries: Stevie McColl (2, 17 minutes) Rob O’Donnell (28, 48 minutes) Ryan Burrows (55 minutes)
Conversions: Joe Ford (2, 17, 48, 55 minutes)
Penalties: Joe Ford (33 minutes)
Drop Goal: Joe Ford (21 minutes)
Yellow Card: Seb Stegmann

London Scottish: 
15 Craig Holland 14 Alec Coombes (replaced by Harry Sheppard) 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Patrick Kelly 11 Jason Harries 10 Rory Clegg 9 Ed Hoadley (replaced by Hugh Fraser) 1 Jonny Harris (replaced by Grant Shiells) 2 David Cherry (replaced by Devlin Hope) 3 Dan Koroi (replaced by Phil Cringle) 4 Rory Bartle (c) 5 Neale Patrick (replaced by Dom McGeekie) 6 Danny Kenny (replaced by Joe Atkinson) 7 Matt Marley 8 Ally Miller 

16 Grant Shiells 17 Devlin Hope 18 Phil Cringle 19 Dom McGeekie 20 Joe Atkinson 21 Hugh Fraser 22 Harry Sheppard

Tries: David Cherry (31 minutes) Alec Coombes (40 minutes) Hugh Fraser (67 minutes) Craig Holland (80 minutes)
Conversions: Rory Clegg (31, 67, 80 minutes)
Penalties: Rory Clegg (8 minutes)

Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant Referees: Michael Patz & Lionel Spooner

Half-Time Score: Yorkshire Carnegie 25 – 15 London Scottish

Man of the Match: Rob O’Donnell

Attendance: 1807

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