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Scots seal superb comeback victory over Jersey

Scots seal superb comeback victory over Jersey

London Scottish took a huge steps towards securing a play-off place this afternoon following a 31-18 come from behind victory over Jersey at St Peter.

London Scottish took a huge steps towards securing a play-off place this afternoon following a 31-18 come from behind victory over Jersey at St Peter.

The Scots trailed 15-3 early in the first half but after pulling back to within two points at half time, they turned to screw in the second 40 to seal a deserved win.


Tries from Matt Williams and Mark Bright (two) helped the visitors to victory who showed typical resilience, fitness and composure in the final quarter to see out the win.

With fourth placed Nottingham thrashed by Bristol on Friday night, this victory, Scottish’s 11th of the campaign, moved them 16 points clear in third, although Rotherham could narrow that gap slightly if they overcome Cornish Pirates in Penzance tomorrow (Sunday).

Scottish took a sixth minute lead through Peter Lydon’s opening penalty before the Scots squandered a decent opportunity with fly half Lydon dropping a difficult pass when in space after fine work by Matt Williams who split the Jersey defence in half.

The islanders then went ahead after 12 minutes when outside centre Drew Locke took advantage of some poor defending to score under the posts after a run from near halfway.

Full-back Arron Penberthy added to extras to give Jersey a 7-3 lead.

It nearly got better for the hosts when this time winger Fautua Otto again split the Scottish defence open, only for a brilliant tackle by Jamie Stevenson to deny him on the tryline.

They did move further ahead however through a Penberthy penalty on 21 minutes before Jersey scored their second try of the game two minutes later.

A poor kick by full-back Lee Millar straight into the hands of Otto allowed the winger time and space to take play towards Scottish’s 22 before he fed Locke with a fine pass who squeezed over in the left corner.

The conversion was missed but Jersey were now 12 points to the good.

Scottish needed to react positively and quickly and they did just that when Matt Williams went over under the posts after a neat inside pass by Lydon on 29 minutes.

Jersey were reduced to 14 men when stand-off Lewis Rosling was pinged under the posts for taking out a man off the ball, allowing Lydon to kick Scottish to within two points of their hosts.

Penberthy missed a penalty from distance just before half-time and the Scots would have been grateful to go in at the break just 15-13 behind following an indifferent opening 40 and with the slope advantage to come.

Penberthy made no mistake with a penalty early in the second half for 18-13 but that was the last point Jersey were to score in the match.

Scottish squandered a good attacking line-out right on the Jersey line when Mark Bright was bundled into touch after a quick throw to the front but the skipper was not to be denied on 55 minutes.

Lydon’s fine penalty kick to the left corner saw Gregor Gillanders win the line-out before Bright got on the end of the attacking drive to go over for his 20th try of the season.


Lydon’s solid conversion moved Scottish ahead for the first time since early in the first half, 20-18.

The Irishman then kicked a long range penalty just after the hour mark which pushed the Exiles 23-18 ahead before he then kicked his fourth penalty inside the final 10 minutes which moved them two scores ahead.

With replacement Jersey prop Ignacio Lancuba sin-binned, the now totally dominant Scots then scored a third try to wrap up victory three minutes from time with Bright notching up try number 21 of the league campaign, once again getting on the end of an attacking maul.

Lydon’s conversion hit the post although it mattered little as the Scots eased to yet another victory in what has been a fantastic season so far.



London Scottish host Doncaster Knights at Richmond Athletic Ground on FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 7.45pm kick-off.

A win against Doncaster could confirm Scottish a place in the end of season play-offs!

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15, Aaron Penberthy, 14, Mark Foster, 13, Drew Locke, 12, Mark McCrea, 11, Fautua Otto, 10, Lewis Robling, 9, Samisoni Fisilau, 1, Sam Lockwood, 2, Martin Garcia-Veiga, 3, Harry Williams, 4, Nick Campbell, 5, Pierce Phillips, 6, Alex Rae (c), 7, Ryan Hodson, 8, Nick Haining.

Used replacements:  19, David Markham, 16, Ignacio Lancuba, 20, Paula Kaho, 21, Ryan Glynn.

Unused replacements: 17, Joe Buckle, 18, Danny Herriott, 22, Jonny Bentley.


Tries: Locke, 12mins, 23mins

Conversions: Penberthy, 12mins.

Penalties: Penberthy, 21mins, 43mins.

Yellow card: Robling, Lancuba.

London Scottish:

15, Lee Millar, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Kieran Moffat, 12, Matt Hawke, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Peter Lydon, 9, Jamie Stevenson, 1, James Hallam, 2, James Stephenson, 3, Ben Prescott, 4, Josh Thomas Brown, 5, James Phillips, 6, Gregor Gillanders, 7, Lewis Ludlow, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 16, Mark Lilley, 18, Stewart Maguire, 22, Mike Doneghan, 19, Adam Preocanin, 20, Chris Walker, 17, Dave Cherry, 21, Matt Heeks.


Tries: Williams, 29mins, Bright, 55mins, 77mins.

Conversions: Lydon, 29mins, 56mins.

Penalties: Lydon, 6mins, 35mins, 62mins, 76mins.

Referee: Steve Lee

Assistant referees: Darryl Chapman and Lionel Spooner.

Fourth Official: Mike Hudson.

Attendance: 2,223.

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