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Scottish Breathe Life Into B&I Cup Campaign With Llanelli Win

Scottish Breathe Life Into B&I Cup Campaign With Llanelli Win

London Scottish claimed their first win in this year's B&I Cup with a confident 24-15 win over Llanelli.

London Scottish claimed their first win in this year’s B&I Cup with a confident 24-15 win over Llanelli.

Tries from Mark Bright, Miles Mantella and Jim Thompson were enough to see off Llanelli, who grabbed two late scores of their own to add some respectability to the scoreline.


In truth, the game was one way traffic as Scottish began as the dominant force and only relinquished that status in the final moments of the match. They were just short of the fourth try that would have handed them a bonus point but the revival in form demonstrated against Moseley a fortnight ago was in evidence again today.

The signs were apparent from the beginning, as skipper Bright unfurled a delightful back-of-the-hand pass to set James Love free down the right wing. His kick and chase was unsuccessful – as was his early penalty attempt from wide on the left minutes later – but Scottish were soon ahead, as a powerful rolling maul went over the line and skipper Bright was the man with the ball in his hand.

Love pushed the lead out further with a penalty from just outside the Llanelli 22 before Scottish claimed their second score. Andy Reay made an electric break through the middle and found Miles Mantella running a superb support line. The dual-registered Harlequins winger easily had the pace to beat his man and he sauntered over to score near the posts. Love's conversion put the score out to 17-0 and there it stayed until half time.

Llanelli immediately sought to put points on the board after the break and Owen Williams' excellent 55 metre penalty from dead centre gave them the first score of the second period. But Scottish were quickly in the ascendancy once again. Colin Quigley showed an excellent turn of pace as he burst through a gap and found Jim Thompson lurking off his left shoulder. The full back had the freedom of Richmond as he cruised beneath the posts to touch down.

The remainder of the game was a quiet affair, as Llanelli tried in vain to attack with more abandon but found the Scottish defence holding firm. The scores stayed as they were right up until the final moments of the game when Craig Hopkins bundled over the line after a period of Llanelli pressure in the Scottish 22.

And with seconds remaining, Diggy Bird bounced off a couple of tired tackles to grab his side's second try, converting it himself to leave the final score at 24-15. The three points gained aren't enough to lift Scottish off 4th place in Pool 6 but they close the gap on 3rd placed Llanelli to just one point.

The next London Scottish home game is on Saturday 5th January against Bedford Blues at 3pm. Buy your tickets online here.

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