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Scottish suffer late defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie

Scottish suffer late defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie

London Scottish had their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup severely dented by a last minute try from Charlie Beech which meant that Yorkshire Carnegie left the Athletic Ground with a 29-24 victory.

London Scottish had their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the British and Irish Cup severely dented by a last minute try from Charlie Beech which meant that Yorkshire Carnegie left the Athletic Ground with a 29-24 victory.

The Scots scored three tries through Rory Hughes, Oli Grove and Mark Bright but they were unable to build on an early 10-3 lead and suffered a cruel blow in the 79th minute which meant that Scottish had to settle for a losing bonus-point.


Kevin Sinfield and Peter Lydon traded early penalties to level the score at 3-3 after five minutes, and the Scots then went ahead thanks to a solo effort from Rory Hughes on his first start for the club. 

Lydon gathered a Yorkshire clearance and spun the ball along the line to the Scotland winger, and he bulldozed his way over the defender to then race away from 30 metres and score under the posts. The conversion from Lydon gave Scottish a deserved 10-3 lead after 10 minutes. 

Scottish continued to press and looked to build on their lead. George Horne took a quick penalty and nearly found Nathan Earle on the right wing, but the ball went dead when it looked like there was an opportunity developing. 

Yorkshire responded to level the scores on the half-hour mark with a try from Lee Imiolek. The visitors were within touching distance of the try-line, and Sinfield’s offload sent the prop charging over the line. 

Yorkshire nearly scored immediately after with a freakish bounce from a clearance fell in to their hands, but the Scots were able to scramble back and stop what looked like a certain try. 

Rory Hughes nearly secured his second try of the afternoon shortly after, but he was unable to gather the grubber kick and came off second best in a collision with a defender which led to him being substituted at half time. 

Bryan Redpath’s side took the lead just before half-time, the forwards were hugely dominant and referee Rhys Thomas saw no option but to award a penalty try which also saw James Gibbons sent to the sin-bin. Sinfield’s conversion gave them a 17-10 lead at the break. 

Oli Grove brought the Scots level just four minutes into the second half with a well worked try. Dan Newton’s grubber kick split the defence, and the centre was able to touch the ball down under the posts for his third try of the season. 

The visitors went back in front just after the hour with a try from Andy Saull. A five-metre line out which proved so successful last weekend for Carnegie was again operating impressively, and the flanker was able to drive over the line. The conversion from Sports Personality of the Year nominee Sinfield gave them a 24-17 advantage. 

Mark Bright scored to again bring Scottish level, the number eight was able to sneak over the line and score despite a huge defensive effort. Lydon’s conversion made the score 24-24 with a dramatic 10 minutes to play. 

Scottish looked the more likely to secure the win, Grove’s kick pinned Carnegie back on their own line, but penalty after penalty meant that the Headingley side sneaked further towards the Scottish try-line. 

With just over a minute to play, Yorkshire had a five-metre line-out. With Neale Patrick being sent to the sin-bin it made it an uphill challenge to escape, and the Scots were unable to as Charlie Beech drove over the line to snatch victory. 

The conversion hit the post which gave Scottish one last chance from the restart, but the attack petered out and Yorkshire Carnegie secured a valuable away win in the British and Irish Cup.

The Scots now return to Greene King IPA Championship action, and host Ealing Trailfinders on Boxing Day at the Athletic Ground, 15:00 kick-off.

Tickets and hospitality are still available, contact the commercial office on 02033979551 or email Lauren.macleod@londonscottish.com

London Scottish: 
15 Peter Lydon 14 Nathan Earle 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Oli Grove 11 Rory Hughes (replaced by Jason Harries) 10 Dan Newton (replaced by Russell Weir) 9 George Horne 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Jack Cosgrove) 2 Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry) 3 Geoff Cross (replaced by Jimmy Litchfield) 4 Neale Patrick 5 Will Carrick Smith (replaced by Charlie Hewitt) 6 Rory Bartle (replaced by Chris Walker) 7 Freddie Clarke 8 Mark Bright (c)

16 Jimmy Litchfield 17 David Cherry  18 Jack Cosgrove  19 Charlie Hewitt  20 Chris Walker  21 Jason Harries  22 Russell Weir

Tries: Rory Hughes (10 minutes) Oli Grove (44 minutes) Mark Bright (70 minutes)
Conversions: Peter Lydon (10, 44, 70 minutes)
Penalties: Peter Lydon (5 minutes)
Yellow Cards: James Gibbons, Neale Patrick  

Yorkshire Carnegie:
15. Jonah Holmes 14. Seb Stegmann 13. Max Wright 12. Harry Leonard 11. David Doherty 10. Kevin Sinfield 9. Chris Pilgrim 1. Lee Imiolek 2. Phil Nilsen 3. Ben Hooper 4. Mike Myerscough 5. Dean Schofield (replaced by Chris Jones) 6. Richard Beck 7. Jack Barnard (replaced by Andy Saull) 8. Rob Burrows

16. Jack Walker 17. Charlie Beech 18. Rob O’Donnell 19. Chris Jones 20. Andy Saull 21. Joel Hodgson 22. Pete Lucock

Tries: Lee Imiolek (27, 64 minutes) Penalty Try (38 minutes) Charlie Beech (79 minutes)
Conversions: Kevin Sinfield (27, 38, 64 minutes)
Penalties: Kevin Sinfield (4 minutes)

Referee: Craig Evans
Assistant Referees: Gregory Garner & Darryl Chapman
Fourth Official: Claire Hodnett

Half-Time: London Scottish 10 – 17 Yorkshire Carnegie

Full-Time: London Scottish 24 – 29 Yorkshire Carnegie

Man-Of-The-Match: Mark Bright 

Attendance: 882



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