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Scottish open B&I Cup with thrilling win over Munster

Scottish open B&I Cup with thrilling win over Munster

London Scottish opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a thrilling 27-25 bonus-point win over Munster 'A' at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a thrilling 27-25 bonus-point win over Munster ‘A’ at the Athletic Ground.

The Scots scored four tries through Lee Millar, Freddie Clarke, Chevvy Pennycook and Andrew Turner, in a match that exploded into life in the second half. 


Oli Grove's early penalty gave Scottish a 3-0 advantage, before Lee Millar scored the first try of the evening after just six minutes. Robbie Fergusson’s inside ball allowed the centre to run through and score from the edge of the 22 to give the Scots the ideal start, and an 8-0 lead.

Bill Johnston got Munster on the score board with a deserved penalty, and they then scored just before half-time to level the scores. Dan Goggin drove over from close range after a period of sustained pressure for the visitors, which was to be the last score of the opening 40 minutes, with the sides going down the tunnel at 8-8. 

David Johnston’s penalty edged Munster ahead six minutes into the second half, before a frantic final 20 minutes saw Scottish take a decisive lead.

Scottish captain Freddie Clarke drove over the line from a rolling maul on the hour mark to put the Scots 13-11 ahead. A move that began way back in their own 22 after George Horne made a break then saw Aaron Morris force Munster in to touch with a neat grubber kick. From the resulting line-out Clarke drove over to the delight of the noisy Athletic Ground crowd. 

Munster responded just five minutes later to score their second try of the evening. David Johnston was able to evade the defence from close range to put the visitors back in front, but just four minutes later another Scottish try saw the lead change hands again. 

Chevvy Pennycook capitalised on another rolling maul deep in the Munster 22. After the initial maul was brought down, the flanker drove over the line and Peter Lydon’s conversion edged Scottish 20-18 ahead. 

Andrew Turner sealed the victory in the corner with four minutes to go, the winger squeezed past the defence on the right hand side to secure the bonus-point. Lydon’s excellent touch line conversion saw the Scots extend their advantage to 27-18. 

Dan Goggin scored his second try of the night to bring Munster back to within a score and make it a nervy final minute, but Scottish held out for a valuable 27-25 win. 

London Scottish:
15 Aaron Morris 14 Andrew Turner 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Lee Millar 11 Miles Mantella (replaced by Peter Lydon) 10 Oli Grove 9 Ben Calder (replaced by George Horne) 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Jack Cosgrove) 2 David Cherry (replaced by Tyrone Moran) 3 Matt Shields (replaced by Jimmy Litchfield) 4 Will Carrick Smith 5 Rory Bartle (replaced by Andrew Davidson) 6 Alex Brown (replaced by Neale Patrick) 7 Chevvy Pennycook 8 Freddie Clarke (c)

16 Jimmy Litchfield 17 Jack Cosgrove 18 Tyrone Moran 19 Neale Patrick 20 Andrew Davidson 21 George Horne 22 Peter Lydon

Tries: Lee Millar (6 minutes) Freddie Clarke (61 minutes) Chevvy Pennycook (70 minutes) Andrew Turner (75 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (70, 75 minutes)
Penalties: Oli Grove (3 minutes)

Munster ‘A’:
15 David Johnston 14 Stephen Fitzgerald 13 Matt D’Arcy 12 Cian Bohane 11 Ronan O’Mahony 10 Bill Johnston (replaced by Dan Goggin) 9 Duncan Williams 1 Liam O’Connor 2 Nial Scannell (c) 3 Mario Sagario 4 Sean McCarthy 5 Billy Holland 6 Jordan Coghlan 7 Sean Doyle (replaced by Conor Oliver) 8 Shane Buckley

16 Kevin O’Byrne 17 Brendan Quinlan 18 Rory Burke 19 Sean O’Connor 20 Cathal Sheridan 21 Conor Oliver 22 Dan Goggin

Tries: Dan Goggin (35, 79 minutes) David Johnston (65 minutes) 
Conversions:David Johnston (65, 79 minutes)
Penalties: Bill Johnston (17 minutes) David Johnston (46 minutes)

Referee: Rob Price
Assistant Referees: Brian Ravenhill & Clare Daniels
Fourth Official: James Sullivan

Half-Time: London Scottish 8 – 8 Munster ‘A’

Full-Time: London Scottish 27 – 25 Munster ‘A’

Attendance: 941

Man Of The Match: Aaron Morris 


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