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Scottish edge out Plymouth at Brickfields

Scottish edge out Plymouth at Brickfields

London Scottish held on for a nervy but precious 22-20 victory at Brickfields this evening to record their third victory in this season's Greene King IPA Championship.

London Scottish held on for a nervy but precious 22-20 victory at Brickfields this evening to record their third victory in this season’s Greene King IPA Championship.

Replacement scrum half Jamie Stevenson's late try proved the difference between the sides as Scottish once again showed real character to claim victory when not at their best.

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With a break for the British and Irish Cup on the horizon, Scottish were eager to keep in touch with the early pacesetters near the top of the Championship.

And that's exactly what they did as they made it three wins from four Championship games.

Scottish got off to the perfect start with Lee Millar kicking a penalty from inside his own half on three minutes.

Moments later Albion were dealt a blow when Tom Bowen was yellow carded for tackling Miles Mantella in the air on half way. Millar missed the resulting penalty from the left touchline.

The game became slightly disjointed in the proceeding minutes but midway throught the half Scottish scored the opening try.

From an attacking line-out on the Albion line, skipper Mark Bright broke down the blindside before feeding Jordi Pasqualin who went over in the left corner.

Millar kicked the tricky extras for 10-0.

Albion rallied and hit back immediately, open side flanker Eoghan Grace cutting a fine angle on the gainline to sprint home unopposed from 20 metres out. Former Scottish ten Daniel Mugford's simple kick made it 10-7.

Winger Mike Doneghan was then sent to the sin-bin for alleged foul play but no damage was done as the Athletic Ground outfit went in at the break three points ahead.

Straight from the restart however, Plymouth took the lead for the first time.

A surging burst through the middle by Rhys Oakley inside the Scots 22 ended with the second rower sending fellow lock Brett Beukeboom in under the posts.

Mudford's kick moved his side 14-10 ahead.

Plymouth were clearly boosted by that and only stoic defending from Scottish prevented them from increasing their lead.

The hosts were then dealt a massive blow when try scorer Beukeboom was shown a straight red card for a tip tackle on Pasqualin.

Almost immediately Scottish took advantage of their numerical advantage with the ever impressive skipper Mark Bright peeling off the side of a ruck to go over for his team's second try.

Millar's conversion made it 17-14 but Plymouth refused to feel sorry for themselves and quickly restored their lead thanks to a brace of Mugford penalties on 54 and 60 minutes.

Not for the first time this season, Scottish showed their fighting qualities to force their way back into the game.

Miles Mantella was adjudged to have knocked the ball on over the line after replacement centre PJ Gidlow brilliantly found James Love who fed the left winger.

That looked set to be the defining moment in the game but scrum half Jamie Stevenson had other ideas.

Again Gidlow was the architect finding Stevenson on the left touchline and he showed a neat turn of speed to score in the left corner.

Dan Newton narrowly missed the conversion which set up a nervy last eight minutes with the score at 22-20.

Plymouth had one last surge from a scrum right on the Scottish line.

The visitors got a slight nudge on at the set piece and after Plymouth went through the phases Scottish forced the knock on before referee Darren Gamage blew for time.

Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here.

London Scottish: 15. James Love; 14, Mike Doneghan; 13, Oli Grove; 12, Andy Reay; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Lee Millar; 9, Jordi Pasqualin. 1, Mark Irish; 2, Ted Stagg; 3, Lewis Thiede; 4, David Lyons; 5, Tylor Hotson, 6, Chevvy Pennycook; 7, Neil Best; 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 22, PJ Gidlow, 18, Eric Fry; 20, Jamie Stevenson; 21, Dan Newton

Unused replacements: 16,Lewis Calder; 17, Jamie Kilbane; 19, Alex Karonias.

Scorers

Penalty: Millar (1)
Tries: Pasqualin, Bright, Stevenson.
Conversion: Millar (2)

Yellow card: Doneghan

Plymouth Albion: 15, Chris Elder; 14, Tom Bowen; 13, Ben Woods; 12, Toby Howley-Berridge; 11, Jamie Davies; 10, Dan Mugford; 9, Ruairs Cushion. 1, Ben Rogers; 2, Davy McGregor; 3 David Morton; 4, Brett Beukeboom; 5, Rhys Oakley (c); 6, Robert Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace; 8, Henrie Stupple.

Used replacements: 16, Gareth Evans, 19,Stephen Sean Michael;22, Heath Stevens, 18, Daniel Williams; 21, Paul Rowley;

Unused replacements: 17 Thomas Harrison; 20, James Shanahan.

Scorers

Penalty: Mugford (2).
Tries: Grace, Beukeboom
Conversion: Mugford (2)

Yellow card: Bowen.
Red card: Beukeboom 

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