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Scottish Return To Winning Ways Against Moseley

Scottish Return To Winning Ways Against Moseley

Tries from Gerard Mullen and Mark Irish help London Scottish to a 23-18 win over Moseley.

Tries from Gerard Mullen and Mark Irish help London Scottish to a 23-18 win over Moseley.

London Scottish overcame slippery conditions to record a first league win in four games as they saw off Moseley 23-18 at the Richmond Athletic Ground.


Scottish overpowered their opponents in the first half and took a 13-0 lead with a try from Gerard Mullen and some accurate kicking from James Love. But Moseley hit back against the run of play just before the break. Both sides traded another try each in the second half but Love's kicking kept Scottish ahead and, despite a ferocious last-ditch attack from the visitors, the home side held on.

Cold and wet conditions greeted both sides at the Athletic Ground as they arrived for a midday kick off. And in the early exchanges, it was Scottish who looked to have adapted the quickest. They dominated the early scrummages, earning the opportunity for Love to kick a brilliant penalty from 40 metres to put Scottish in front.

In such poor conditions, it was obvious that tactical kicking was going to play a key role in the game and Phil Godman attempted a succession of intelligent grubbers and kicks over the top, only for unfortunate bounce to deny a try-scoring opportunity.

It was, in fact, a length-of-the-field move that gave Scottish the opening try. Chevvy Pennycook made an electric break down the right wing, helping the ball inside to Mark Bright and then to Andy Reay as Scottish went from their own 22 to the opposition's. A few phases later, a massive overlap had formed on the left wing and Gerard Mullen was given the easiest of chances, which he gratefully accepted.

Love nailed an excellent touchline conversion and, when he pushed over a second penalty from 30 metres out, Scottish has built a solid 13-0 lead but Moseley struck back at the end of the half with their first real attack. Sustained pressure from the visiting pack allowed them send Ben Pienaar over after several phases, leaving the half time score at 13-7.

Scottish came out firing after the break and scored a remarkable second try in the 46th minute. From a lineout just outside the Moseley 22, the catch and drive took Scottish all the way to the try-line, with Mark Irish crashing over. Love's conversion, again from way out wide, sailed between the posts for a healthy 20-7 lead.

But Moseley weren't finished and hit back with a try of their own. Anthony Carter went over in the left corner after a prolonged spell of pressure on the Scottish try line. Oliver Thomas' conversion attempt failed but when he succeeded with a penalty in the 70th minute, the lead was cut to a precarious five points.

Love and Thomas traded penalties as the tension grew around the ground and Moseley, needing a try to draw the game and a conversion to win it, made one last attempt to snatch something from the game, piling the pressure onto the Scottish defence. But the home side held firm and when the ball was turned over, Godman gleefully punted it into touch to secure Scottish's first league win since October 6th.

London Scottish's next game is away to Bristol on Friday 30th November. On the same night, the club will be hosting the Scottish Varsity match between Edinburgh and St Andrews at 7.30pm. Tickets for the match can be brought here or by ringing 0208 940 7156.

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