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Scottish Secure Win in Yorkshire

Scottish Secure Win in Yorkshire

Coming off the back off a very narrow loss away to Coventry, Scottish made their way to Leeds to face Yorkshire Carnegie who have endured a very disappointing start to their season, and currently sit bottom of the table having picked up only a single win.

In the previous round, Yorkshire suffered a defeat to London Irish, who scored a whopping 12 tries to Carnegie’s 1, so they were looking to put that defeat to bed against Scottish.

On a chilly and clear evening in Leeds, it was Scottish who put their stamp on the game first; in the opening ten minutes Scottish had a lot more of the ball, and made it count. Deep in the Carnegie 22, they moved the ball well across the pitch, to the try scoring machine that is Rob Stevenson, who showed the final defender a clean pair of heels to score in the corner. Perry couldn’t convert, LSFC 5-0 Carnegie with 10 mins played.

Scottish continued to dominate; from deep Scottish moved the ball around well, until Matt Williams stepped into space and made a break, on his shoulder was Hart who took the ball in his stride, who in turn offloaded to Mantella – who was a late addition to the starting side – who sprinted through to score under the posts. An easy conversion for Perry, LSFC 12-0 Carnegie after 14 mins.

Though the condition seemed perfect, there was a swirling wind on the pitch which caused everyone issues. Scottish tried the passing game, but the ball was slippery and was bobbling around between them on the half hour mark, Elder was quickest to react and he scooped it up and scored. Unable to convert his own try, the half ended LSFC 12-5 Carnegie. It wasn’t exactly vintage rugby in the opening 40, but Scottish deserved their lead.

The second half was a much different beast to the first; the wind continued to play havoc and the ball turned into a bar of soap on the wet pitch. Neither half was able to put much together in the opening 20 minutes, both sides tried to move the ball around, but the conditions made it difficult.

On the 61st minute, Carnegie were under a lot of pressure in their 22, and conceded a penalty which led to a Scottish scrum. Brand had just come on, and Scottish used a move straight off the training pitch. From the back of the scrum, Bright scooped it up and handed it to Brand, who sent it wide to Mantella who dived in to score his second of the evening. No conversion, LSFC 17-5 with 20 minutes left to play.

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Neither side added to the score, as the game became something of an arm-wrestle between the forwards. Bright, Hodge, and Wynne were solid carriers and wall-like in defence. The game looked to have sparked back into life in the final 5 minutes as Carnegie worked their way up to the 5m line, but the Scottish defence was solid and turned them over. Scottish ran out the clock, to pick up their third win of the campaign, 17-5.

 London Scottish Brodley; Saunders; Palframan; Hodge; Uanivi; Tyas; Wynne; Bright (c); Hart; Perry; Stevenson; Vertau; Williams; Mantella; Smith // Replacements: Harding; Dawe; Waldren; Douglas; Brand; Davidson; Duncan

Tries Stevenson; Mantella (x2)

Conversion(s) Perry

Penalties

 

Yorkshire Carnegie Thraves; Buckle; Mitchell; Britton; Myerscough; Ward; Bainbridge; Temm (c); Fox; Forsyth; Elder; Lucock; Watkins; Bullough; Brown // Replacements: Donnellan; Vaughan; Ilnicki; Frost; Currie; Bruzulier; Davey

Tries Elder

Conversion(s)

Penalties

 

Referee(s) A. Woodthorpe; J. Leahy; S. Park

Attendance 1,720

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