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Scottish Secure Hard Fought Win Over Pirates

Scottish Secure Hard Fought Win Over Pirates

London Scottish made it back-to-back bonus points victories at the start of the season following a hard-fought 30-19 win over Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field this afternoon.

London Scottish made it back-to-back bonus points victories at the start of the season following a hard-fought 30-19 win over Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field this afternoon.

Again Mark Bright was the star-man for Scottish claiming his second hat-trick in as many games with last season’s Greene King IPA Championship top scorer Miles Mantella also crossing for the priceless bonus point try near the end.


In truth this was a far from convincing performance from the Richmond outfit and they needed to show plenty of resilience to eventually see off Pirates, only stretching away from the hosts in the final quarter.

However, last season this was the kind of game Scottish would have lost and they will be delighted to head back to London with all five points.

Kieron Hallett gave Pirates a fourth minute lead through a penalty before the match was stopped for almost 10 minutes after Scottish centre PJ Gidlow was stretchered off having attempted to tackle opposite man James Rheon in midfield.

Errie Claassens replaced Gidlow, moving to full-back, with Pete Lydon going to ten and Lee Millar to outside centre.

The Scots had started slowly conceding a number of penalties and Hallett made them pay again on 12 minutes, doubling Pirates advantage.

Lydon halved the deficit through a penalty of his own when Pirates were penalised straight from the restart.

The Irishman was then sin-binned on 18 minutes for obstruction at the breakdown, Hallett making no mistake with the resulting penalty for 9-3.

London Scottish hit back impressively, Mark Bright scoring his customary try from a driving maul following an attacking line-out right on Pirates try line.

Millar missed the touchline conversion but it was now a one point game.

The Scots were struggling to get into the game making a series of unforced errors and they were made to pay five minutes from half time thanks to a fine try by Pirates which started inside their own half.

Powerful centre Rheon cut through the Scots midfield before fellow centre Tom Riley took play into the 22, finding winger Kyle Moyle with a looping pass who then cruised in unopposed.

Hallett missed the conversion and right on half time Cornish prop Paul Andrew was sin-binned for an infringement on his own line.

From the penalty Scottish opted for a line-out and having gone through the phases, Mark Bright took the ball at pace off Jamie Stevenson, five metres from the line, barging his way over for his fifth try of the campaign.

Lydon's conversion gave Scottish a scarcely deserved 15-14 interval lead and they were thankful for the half time whistle which allowed them to re-group after forwards Ben Prescott and James Phillips had followed Gidlow to a busy treatment room in the opening 40 minutes.

The second half began tentatively for both sides but it was Scottish who struck first as Bright claimed his hat-trick after 68 minutes.

Again it was from an attacking line-out on Pirates line, the number eight burrowing his way over from close range,

The conversion by Lydon was missed but it mattered little as Bright then turned provider two minutes later, getting on the end of a Pirates up and under, feeding Miles Mantella who ran in from 30 metres to score Scottish's bonus point try.

This time Lydon kicked the conversion before adding a penalty which gave Scottish a commanding 30-14 advantage heading into the final five minutes.

Pirates got a consolation try in the last minute through scrum-half Tom Kessell who broke to the blind side from a scrum to touch down.

London Scottish will aim to make it three wins from three at the Athletic Ground next Saturday, September 20, 3pm kick-off against Bedford Blues.

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Listen to Mark Bright’s post match interview here.

Cornish Pirates:

15 Matthew Evans, 14 Kieran Goss, 13 Thomas Riley, 12 Rheon James, 11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Kieron Hallett (replaced by Luke Jones), 9 Thomas Kessell, 1 Paul Andrew (replaced by Jamal Ford Robinson), 2 Thomas Channon (replaced by Aaron Carpenter), 3 Adam Jamieson (replaced by Tyler Gendall), 4 Marcus Garratt, 5 Darren Barry, 6 Chris Morgan (c) 7 Alex Cheeseman, 8 Laurie McGlone.

16 Aaron Carpenter, 17 Jamal Ford Robinson, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 William Graulich, 20 Matthew Bolwell, 21 Jonathan Hopkin, 22 Luke Jones


Tries:  Kyle Moyle (36 minutes) Tom Kessell (77 minutes)

Penalties: Kieron Hallett (3, 11, 18 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Paul Andrew

London Scottish: 15 Peter Lydon, 14 Matthew Williams, 13 Michael Doneghan, 12 PJ Gidlow (replaced by Errie Claassens, replaced by Sam Stuart), 11 Miles Mantella, 10 Lee Millar, 9 Jamie Stevenson, 1 Mark Lilley (replaced by James Hallam), 2 Adam Kwasnicki, 3 Ben Prescott (replaced by Max Maidment), 4 James Phillips (replaced by Tai Tuisamoa), 5 Adam Preocanin, 6 Neil Best (replaced by Gregor Gillanders), 7 Chevvy Pennycook, 8 Mark Bright (c)

16, James Hallam; 17, David Cherry; 18, Max Maidment; 19, Tai Tuisamoa; 20, Gregor Gillanders; 21, Sam Stuart; 22, Errie Claassens.


Tries:  Mark Bright (20, 40, 68 minutes) Miles Mantella (70 minutes)

Conversions: Peter Lydon (40, 70 minutes)

Penalties: Peter Lydon (13, 73 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Peter Lydon


Referee:  Tom Foley

Assistant Referees: Shane Lewis & Philip Watters



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