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Scottish put Dragons to the sword

Scottish put Dragons to the sword

London Scottish inflicted the first defeat of the season on Exiles rivals London Welsh this afternoon after a superb 32-26 win at Newbury in week one of the British and Irish Cup.

London Scottish inflicted the first defeat of the season on Exiles rivals London Welsh this afternoon after a superb 32-26 win at Newbury in week one of the British and Irish Cup.

An entertaining game saw Scottish score two early tries to take command but Welsh were always in the hunt and regained the lead in the second half.


The Athletic Ground outfit never lost their composure however and a succession of penalty goals allowed them to take control in the final quarter and hold on for an impressive win.

Welsh scrum half Alex Davies gave the hosts an early lead from a penalty straight in front after Ben Russell was penalised for holding on.

But Scottish hit straight back on five minutes with a fine try through in form winger Miles Mantella.

After Lewis Calder found his man from the first line-out, the ball was driven forward by the Scottish pack before centre Mike Doneghan cut through the first line of defence in the Welsh 22.

The ball was then shipped through the hands with Mantella going over in the corner.

Dan Newton nailed the conversion from far out.

It got even better for the visitors soon after. Dante Mama was sin-binned for landing an elbow on James Love whilst attacking, which forced the winger off for 10 minutes to be replaced by Oli Grove.

From the penalty another secure line-out saw the ball moved out to Grove.

His impact was immediate as he sliced through weak Welsh defence before offloading to Mantella who went over for an early brace.

Newton made no mistake with the conversion as Scottish opened up a 14-3 lead.

The Dragons then enjoyed a period of pressure right on Scottish's line but not for the first time this season the defence held out defiantly to force the error.

A penalty goal six minutes from half time by Alex Davies reduced the Welsh arrears to eight points and right on half time it was a one point game.

After powerful winger Joe Ajuwa was stopped short of the line by Love, Mama was on hand to touch down from close range.
Davies's conversion made it 14-13 at the break.

The Dragons kicker put his side into the lead early in the second half thanks to another penalty from straight in front.

The game then became disjointed for a period of time but right on the hour mark, Dan Newton kicked two successive penalties from near halfway to open up a 20-16 lead.

Davies again was successful with his own penalty which made it 20-19 on 65 minutes but Newton responded in kind with a tough kick from wide out for 23-19.

Oli Grove then took over kicking duties with an effort right on half way which sailed between the sticks giving Scottish a seven point advantage.

Grove stepped up once more from a similar distance but a trickier angle, and the centre he was spot on with the penalty which made it 29-19 on 74 minutes.

Defiant Welsh refused to give up and skipper Ben Piennar went over from close range with two minutes to go and Davies's conversion gave them a life line.

That was soon put to bed however when Welsh replacement James Brown was sin-binned and Newton's simply penalty goal in the final minute gave Scottish a 32-26 victory.

Listen to James Buckland's post match audio interview here

London Welsh: 15,Alan Awcock , 14,Joe Ajuwa , 13,Dante Ajuwa , 12, Sonny Parker, 11, Nick Scott, 10, Will Robinson, 9, Alex Davies, 1, William Moss, 2, Kelvin Davis, 3, James Tideswell, 4, Mitch Lees, 5, Ben West, 6, Richard Thorpe, 7, Mike Denbee, 8, Ben Pienaar (c).

Penalty: Alex Davies (4)
Conversion: Davies (2).
Try: Mama, Pienaar.

Sin bin: Dante Mama, James Graham.

Used Replacements: 17,Alec Hepburn, 22, Chris Cook, 19, Daniel Browne, 20, Carl Kirwan, 18, James Graham.
Unused Replacements: 16, Todd Gleave, 17,Alec Hepburn, 21, Ollie Frost.

London Scottish: 15, Jim Thompson, 14, James Love, 13, Mike Doneghan, 12, PJ Gidlow (c), 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Jamie Stevenson, 1, James Kilbane, 2, Lewis Calder, 3, Tomas Francis, 4, Paul Spivey, 5, David Lyons, 6, Chevvy Pennycook, 7, Ben Russell, 8, Joe Trayfoot.

Penalty: Newton (4), Grove (2).
Try: Mantella (2)
Conversion: Newton (2)

Sin bin: Paul Spivey

Used Replacements:17, Mark Irish,18, Lewis Thiede, 16, Harry Allen, 21, Oli Grove, 16, Harry Allen, 19, Mark Bright, 22, Andy Reay.
Unused Replacements: 20, Ben Pattenden.

London Scottish man of the match chosen by supporters Tom Brown, Donald Mungall and Nigel Clark: Dan Newton.

Referee: Sean Gallacher.

Tough judges: Dave Edmunds and Lionel Spooner. 

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