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Scottish return to winning ways against Trailfinders

Scottish return to winning ways against Trailfinders

London Scottish returned to winning ways this afternoon defeating Ealing Trailfinders 42-13 at Richmond Athletic Ground, scoring six tries in the process.

London Scottish returned to winning ways this afternoon defeating Ealing Trailfinders 42-13 at Richmond Athletic Ground, scoring six tries in the process.

Victory was a must for James Buckland's side after two successive away defeats and with fourth placed Rotherham Titans today recording a convincing bonus point win at Nottingham Rugby.


The hosts took advantage of the dry conditions to score some fine tries, most notably near the end as Miles Mantella crossed for what will surely go down as a try of the season contender.

After a quiet opening ten minutes, Ealing Trailfinders took the lead against the run of play, full-back Andrew Henderson intercepting PJ Gidlow's pass inside his own 22 then sprinting to the other end of the park to score in the left corner.

Tom Wheatcroft's conversion was missed before Scottish hit back midway through the half.

Skipper Mark Bright refused a simple penalty kick at goal, instead opting for an attacking line-out deep inside Trailfinders' 22.

Lock Sam Twomey secured possession at the set piece with Bright on hand to dot down for his 11th league try of the season after the forwards drove over the line.

Love's simple conversion pushed Scottish 7-5 ahead although Trailfinders restored their lead through a fine Wheatcroft penalty 16 minutes from half-time.

Scottish were dominating territory and possession and after the visitors conceded one penalty too many, Adam Preocanin was sin-binned for persistent infringement at the breakdown.

Eventually the one man advantage counted with James Love going over in the left corner, set-up by some great handling from open-side flanker Matt Everard.

Winger Love kick the tricky extras and three minutes from half-time Scottish went over for their third try of the afternoon.

The hard yards were made by Lee Millar, Nick Mayhew and Mike Doneghan before Miles Mantella showed great strength to evade the defence and score under the posts.

Love's conversion gave the hosts a 21-8 half-time lead.

Either side of the interval, Wheatcroft missed two very makeable penalties at goal which would have got Trailfinders within a converted try of their opponents.

It was a stop-start opening to the half but eventually Scottish secured the all important try bonus point.

From a solid scrum, five metres from Ealing's line, the ball was shipped out to the back line where Millar, Mantella and Jim Thompson provided the room out wide for Love to claim his second try.

Love's conversion from the right touchline eased the Scots into a commanding 28-8 lead.

It got better for London Scottish soon after with Bright once more on the end of an attacking drive to the line by his forward pack following a line-out.

Trailfinders winger Billy Robinson then got on the end of a neat kick through by stand-off Tom Bedford to claim his team's second try of the afternoon, although his quickly taken conversion from straight in front was off target.

The game ended with a flourish as Miles Mantella scored his 16th league try of the season and surely his best.
It was initially started by man of the match Bright inside his own 22.

The number eight was involved twice in the move as was Mantella and Doneghan with Lee Millar and PJ Gidlow also getting in on the act, fly-half Millar eventually setting up Mantella who cruised in under the posts.

Love's conversion was his sixth of the afternoon, the winger scoring 22 points in all.

Listen to James Buckland's post-match interview here.

London Scottish's next home game is on Sunday, March 30 against London Welsh, 2pm kick-off.

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London Scottish:

15, Jim Thompson; 14, James Love; 13, Mike Doneghan; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11, Miles Mantella; 10, Lee Millar; 9, Jordi Pasqualin; 1, Nick Mayhew; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Tom Francis; 4, Sam Twomey; 5, Tyler Hotson; 6, Neil Best; 7, Matt Everard; 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 20, Joe Trayfoot; 21, Sam Stuart; 19, David Lyons; 16, Ted Stagg; 17, Jamie Kilbane; 22, Dan Newton; 18, Lewis Thiede.

Tries: Bright (2), Love (2), Mantella (2).

Conversions: Love (6)

Ealing Trailfinders:

15, Andrew Henderson; 14, Sam Wardingley; 13, Chris Kinloch; 12, Tom Wheatcroft; 11, Bill Robinson; 10, Tom Bedford; 9, Tom Parker; 1, Steve Neville; 2, Andrei Radoi; 3, Tim Brockett; 4, Steve Pape; 5, George Merrick; 6, Adam Preocanin; 7, Ed Siggery; 8, TJ Anderson.

Used replacements: 17, Darryl Marfo; 18, Conor Carey; 16, Max Crumpton; 19, Gavin Curry; 20, Sam Hocking; 21, Morgan Thompson; 22, Andy Hall.

Tries: Henderson, Robinson.

Penalties: Wheatcroft

Sin bin: Preocanin

Referee: Thomas Foley

Assistants: Richard Kelly and Brian Ravenhill. 

Man of the Match: Mark Bright.

Attendance: 856.

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