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Scottish suffer late Leeds pain

Scottish suffer late Leeds pain

London Scottish went down to a 27-18 defeat at Headingley this afternoon following an entertaining Greene King IPA Championship clash against Leeds Carnegie.

London Scottish went down to a 27-18 defeat at Headingley this afternoon following an entertaining Greene King IPA Championship clash against Leeds Carnegie.

In a contest between two evenly match sides, tricky overhead conditions failed to detract from what was a great advert for the Championship with contrasting styles of play adding to the spectacle.


New Leeds signing Jonny Bentley, who joined on loan from Gloucester this week, scored the decisive try near the end which put the game out of reach of the visitors and in doing so denied Scottish what would have been a deserved losing bonus point.

The result leaves Scottish eight points adrift of fourth placed Rotherham however the manner of this performance bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Leeds have now lost just one of their last 13 matches but had to be at their very best to see off Scottish this afternoon.

The visitors got off to a fine start with James Love slotting over a penalty in the opening minute before Leeds fly half Alex Lozowski missed a tougher penalty from distance soon after.

Leeds were looking to attack from all areas of the pitch but good defence forced a series of errors early on, one of which led to Scottish's opening try.

A penalty against Leeds when in possession allowed Dan Newton to kick Scottish into a decent attacking position.

A clever line-out move then saw Mark Bright take the ball at the front off Mark Irish and he waltzed over in the right corner for his 15th try of the season.

Love's conversion was wide but the Scots were eight points to the good after the opening quarter.

Leeds got on the scoresheet 16 minutes from half-time through a Lozowski penalty following Robbie Shaw's sin-binning for hauling back his opposite number who had taken a quick tap penalty.

It got better for the Yorkshiremen almost immediately when Lozowski burrowed his way over from close range before converting his own try to make it 10-8.

James Love's second penalty edged Scottish back into a lead which did not last long as Carnegie scored their second try.

A superb dummy then break by scrum-half Craig Hampson set up supporting skipper Jacob Rowan who dived over in the left corner.

Lozowski's conversion was successful allowing the hosts to go in 17-11 ahead at the break.

Carnegie piled on the pressure early in the second half and were rewarded with a Lozowski penalty which made it 20-11.

The Scots response was impressive.

Leeds conceded three penalties right on their line at scrum time but when Scottish opted for another scrum, referee Darren Gamage gave a penalty to the hosts much to the chagrin of Mark Bright and his forward pack.

However the heads did not drop and minutes later replacement prop Nick Mayhew went over after a powerful line-out drive near the Leeds line.

James Love converted and suddenly it was a two point game but any hope of a Scottish comeback was snuffed out when centre Jonny Bentley cut a fine angle to break the Scottish defence and score Leeds' third try.

Lozowski, who kicked well all afternoon, slotted the conversion which denied Scottish the bonus point and gave Leeds a 27-18 win.

Listen to backs coach Mike Friday's post match audio interview here.

Listen to former Scotland and British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan's post match interview here.

– London Scottish take on Ealing Trailfinders next Sunday, March 9, 12.30pm kick-off, and we have some great tickets offers to persuade you and your friends to join us at this Greene King IPA Championship clash.

All London Scottish members can bring a friend for a fiver and with England taking on Wales later that day; we are offering those heading to Twickenham, £10 entry (Clan, standing tickets) when you present your Six Nations ticket at the gate.

If you book online, all fans can take advantage of our special online deal which also enables you to get in for £10 (Clan ticket).

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Leeds Carnegie:

15, Jonah Holmes, 14, Oli Goss, 13, Rob Vickerman, 12, Fred Burdon, 11, David Doherty, 10, Alex Lozowski, 9, Craig Hampson, 1, Ben Harris, 2, Phil Nilsen, 3, Damien Tussac, 4, Matt Smith, 5, Nathan Hannay, 6, David Sisi, 7, Jacob Rowan (c), 8 Ryan Burrows.

Used replacements: 16, Ben Hooper, 17, Joe Graham, 18, Lee Imiolek, 19, Harry Casson, 20, Chris Walker, 21, Jon Clarke, 22, Jonny Bentley.

Tries: Lozowski, Rowan, Bentley

Conversions: Lozowski (3)

Penalties: Lozowski (2)

London Scottish:

15, Jim Thompson, 14, James Love, 13, Mike Doneghan, 12, Andy Reay, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Robbie Shaw, 1, Mark Irish, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Tomas Francis, 4, Sam Twomey, 5, David Lyons, 6, Neil Best, 7, Tommy Spinks, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 17, Nick Mayhew, 19, Matt Everard, 20, Jordi Pasqualin, 16, Tedd Stagg, 22, PJ Gidlow, 18, Lewis Thiede.

Unused replacements: 21, Lee Millar.

Tries: Bright, Mayhew

Conversions: Love.

Penalties:Love (2)

Sin binned: Shaw

Referee: Darren Gamage

Assistant referees: Marcus Caton and Chris Sharp


Man of the Match: Craig Hampson.

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