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Scottish suffer defeat to Jersey at the Athletic Ground

Scottish suffer defeat to Jersey at the Athletic Ground

London Scottish continued their poor run of form as they were beaten 20-5 by Jersey on a wet and windy afternoon at the Athletic Ground.

London Scottish continued their poor run of form as they were beaten 20-5 by Jersey on a wet and windy afternoon at the Athletic Ground.

The visitors secured a deserved victory after a huge first-half display saw them hold a 15 point advantage at the break. In a scoreless second half, the Scots threatened at times but it was Jersey who held firm and brought themselves up to eighth in the Greene King IPA Championship table, one place below Scottish.


Jersey started strongly and scored their first try of the afternoon after just four minutes. After multiple phases in the Scottish 22 they were able to utilise an overlap on the right wing, which allowed Ross Adair to score in the corner. Brendan Cope’s conversion from the touchline gave them a 7-0 advantage. 

Cope kicked a penalty just three minutes later to extend their lead to 10-0, before Scottish started to apply some pressure. 

Matt Williams scored a memorable try to bring the Scots back into the match after 19 minutes. A great move from the base of a line-out saw an inside pass send Drew Locke through a gap in the defence. Locke offloaded to Williams, who showed good football skills to kick the ball clear of the defence and was able to race on to the kick to score. Lydon’s conversion went wide in difficult conditions to cut the deficit to five points. 

That was unfortunately as good as it got for the Scots, Cope put Jersey 13-5 up with his second penalty, before the visitors scored again just before the half-hour mark. 

Gary Graham extended their advantage, the flanker latched on to the back of a driving maul and rumbled over the line from close range. The conversion put Jersey 20-5 ahead which was the way the score stayed for the rest of the afternoon. 

Freddie Clarke was unable to hold on to a grubber after he battled to win the ball back with an opportunity on the counter attack, which was the last action of an eventful first-half. 

Scottish piled on the pressure in the opening exchanges of the second period, but after many phases in the Jersey 22 they were unable to capitalise and the visitors eventually earned a penalty. 

Williams made another break half-way through the second half, but his offload was gathered by a Jersey hand which spelled the end of the danger. 

With both sides still battling for field position in tricky conditions, the Scots were unable to exert any sustained pressure with the clock ticking down against them which meant that Jersey head home with a valuable victory. 

The Scots now turn their attention to the British and Irish Cup, which starts on Friday night at the Athletic Ground against Munster ‘A”. Tickets and hospitality are still available for this match, for more information, call the commercial office on 02033979551 or email lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com

London Scottish:
1 James Hallam (replaced by James Gibbons) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry) 3 Matt Shields (replaced by Jimmy Litchfield) 4 Kieran Treadwell (replaced by Rory Bartle) 5 Josh Thomas Brown (replaced by Will Carrick Smith) 6 Freddie Clarke 7 Chevvy Pennycook 8 Mark Bright (c) 9 Matt Heeks (replaced by Ben Calder) 10 Oli Grove 11 Joe Marchant (replaced by Craig Jackson) 12 Jason Harries 13 Drew Locke 14 Matt Williams 15 Peter Lydon

16 David Cherry 17 James Gibbons 18 Jimmy Litchfield 19 Will Carrick Smith 20 Rory Bartle 21 Ben Calder 22 Craig Jackson

Tries: Matt Williams (19 minutes)

Jersey Rugby:
1 Sam Lockwood (replaced by Oliver Tomaszczyk) 2 Martin Garcia-Veiga (replaced by Ignacio Lancuba) 3 Danny Herriot (replaced by Nick Selway) 4 Dave McKern (replaced by Uili Kolo’ofa’i) 5 Pierce Phillips 6 Alex Rae (c) (replaced by James Freeman) 7 Gary Graham 8 Nick Haining 9 Sami Fisilau (replaced by Jack Moates) 10 Brendan Cope 11 Ross Adair 12 Lewis Robling 13 Fautua Otto (replaced by Mark McCrea) 14 Tom Howe 15 Aaron Penberthy

16 Nick Segway 17 Ignacio Lancuba 18 Oliver Tomaszczyk 19 Uili Kolo’ofa'i 20 James Freeman 21 Jack Moates 22 Mark McCrea

Tries: Ross Adair (4 minutes) Gary Graham (29 minutes)
Conversions: Brendan Cope (4, 30 minutes)
Penalties: Brendan Cope (7, 26 minutes)

Referee: Steve Lee
Assistant Referees:Simon Adams & Simon McConnell
Fourth Official: Calum Howard

Half-Time: London Scottish 5 – 20 Jersey Rugby 

Full-Time: London Scottish 5 – 20 Jersey Rugby

Attendance: 1007

Man Of The Match: Matt Williams 

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