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Scottish Edge Nine-Try Thriller To Claim Bonus Point Win

Scottish Edge Nine-Try Thriller To Claim Bonus Point Win

London Scottish made it five wins from five as they edged a nine-try thriller against Jersey 41-33.

London Scottish made it five wins from five as they edged a nine-try thriller against Jersey 41-33.

Tries from Adam Kwasnicki, Miles Mantella (2) and Mark Bright helped Scottish to a fifth win on the bounce as they were pushed all the way by a spirited and attacking Jersey side. The visitors outscored Scottish by five tries to four but some more assured kicking from James Love helped Scottish over the line.

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Jersey staged an assault on the Scottish line early in the second half and looked like running away with it. But Bright's try, Scottish's fourth, was enough to grab them the bonus point as they secured another RFU Championship win.

The game started ideally for Scottish as hooker Adam Kwasnicki burrowed over for a close range try after Jim Thompson had kicked them deep into the Jersey 22 after a penalty. Love was unable to add a difficult touchline conversion but Scottish had the early initiative. 

Jersey immediately set about making life difficult for the hosts as they pinned Scottish back in their own 22 but Bright launched a surging counter-attack and Scottish earned themselves a penalty, which Love banged over to extend the lead. But the lead was soon to be cut. Ed Dawson was sent clear on the left after Scottish coughed up possession on halfway and, though Michael Le Bourgeois was unable to convert, the lead was down to three points.

Love added a pair of penalties soon after to push Scottish further in front before Max Stelling scored Jersey's second try on the stroke of halftime, sauntering through a gap close to the line and scoring under the posts. The score at the break was 14-12.

Scottish came out strongly at the start of the second half and Love added his fourth penalty, despite a bounce off the right upright. But Jersey had a lot more to offer and Charlie Clare went over from a driving maul minutes later to cut the lead once again.

It was a topsy-turvy second half with plenty of shifts in momentum. Miles Mantella grabbed Scottish's second try, breaking down the blindside and scoring in the left corner. Love then landed a monster penalty from 50 metres out to give Scottish some breathing space but Jersey were once again on the attack, scoring their fourth and grabbing a bonus point through the powerful Guy Thompson.

As the tension around the ground rose, Mantella grabbed his second try of the afternoon, dancing through to score beneath the posts after a clever pass from Phil Godman. Love's conversion gave Scottish a healthier lead and, soon after, Bright touched down from close range to secure the bonus point and the win.

There was still time for Richard Barrington to grab a last minute consolation, Jersey's fifth try of the afternoon, but Scottish had enough points in the bag to withstand and they were able to see out a thrilling win, their fifth on the bounce.

London Scottish's next match is away to Leeds Carnegie on Sunday 10th March at 3pm. The next home game is against Plymouth Albion on Saturday 23rd March at 3pm. Click here to book your tickets online.

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