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Scottish Edged Out Of 78 Point Thriller

Scottish Edged Out Of 78 Point Thriller

London Scottish were edged out by Moseley in a pulsating British and Irish Cup contest.

London Scottish were edged out by Moseley in a pulsating British and Irish Cup contest.

Scottish surged into an early 20 point lead but the visitors fought back to snatch an unlikely win in a game brimming with attacking flair.


The home side made the perfect start with James Love kicking two early penalties before Moseley wing Oliver Thomas was sin-binned for killing the ball after Jim Thompson came within inches of scoring the game’s first try.
Scottish took a quick tap penalty and flanker Ben Lonergan wriggled over from chose range. Love kicked the conversion and Scottish led 13-0.

The home side struck again while the visitors were down to 14 men through a converted try from centre PJ Gidlow who powered over from close range after initial good work from Love and Thompson.
Scottish had raced into a 20-0 lead within 15 minutes and it looked as if a rout was on the cards but a momentary lapse in concentration from the home side allowed the visitors back into the game.

Moseley scrum-half Sam Brown darted off the back of a scrum and drew the last defender before releasing Oliver Thomas to canter over unopposed. He converted his own try to bring the score to 20-7.

The visitors soon added a second try through their other wing Bradley Hunt who jinxed over in the left hand corner after a sustained spell in the Scottish 22. Thomas once again nailed the conversion and Scottish’s lead had been cut to six points.
Moseley by now had momentum on their side and pressurised the home side into giving away a number of penalties which resulted in a visit to the sin-bin for Tyler Hotson. Thomas kicked another penalty and Scottish went into half-time with a fragile three point lead.

Moseley started the second half in the same manner they finished the first and quickly took the lead through a converted try from prop Craig Voisey who took a short pass near to the Scottish line and bulldozed his way over.
Scottish regained the lead against the run of play through a try from Mark Bright.

Phil Godman’s delayed pass in midfield sent flanker Chevvy Pennycook racing clear and when he was hauled down the ball was quickly recycled and Bright sliced through Moseley’s defence before touching down. Love kicked the conversion and Scottish led 27-24.

Moseley were not to be discouraged and once again fought back through a spectacular try from flanker Neil Mason.
Simon Hunt made the initial burst down the left wing before his fellow centre Anthony Carter carried the ball to within a couple of metres of the line. The ball was worked back to fly half Bradley Davies who delivered a perfectly weighted cross field kick to Thomas who passed it back inside to Mason to gleefully dive over. Thomas once again succeeded with the touchline conversion and Moseley were back in front.

The lead changed hands yet again when Thompson crossed for Scottish’s fourth try to finish off a sustained attack from the home side.

Scottish went through the phases in Moseley’s 22 and the ball was eventually worked out to the left wing for Thompson to expertly finish in the corner. Love missed the touchline conversion so Scottish led 32-31.

Scottish’s lead would once again prove to be short lived as Moseley responded with yet another try. Simon Hunt did the damage with a midfield break and the ball was shipped left to wing Bradley Hunt to score his second try. Thomas succeeded with the tricky conversion attempt.

Moments later Scottish were penalised in midfield and Thomas stepped up to slot a crucial long range penalty that edged Moseley more than one score ahead with time running out.

There was still time for replacement wing Miles Mantella to sprint 90 metres down the left wing to score a memorable try after Scottish won a turnover in the shadow of their own posts but by then Moseley’s victory was assured.

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