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Scottish up to fourth after bonus point win

Scottish up to fourth after bonus point win

London Scottish claimed a 36-10 bonus point win at lowly Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday afternoon to move into the Championship play-off positions.

London Scottish claimed a 36-10 bonus point win at lowly Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday afternoon to move into the Championship play-off positions.

The five points secured at Vallis Way moves James Buckland's side into fourth place, above Cornish Pirates and Leeds Carnegie on points difference despite both their rivals registering wins today.

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Scottish were made to work hard for their five tries against a well-drilled Ealing outfit who never made life easy for them during the 80 minutes.

However it was an ideal result for London Scottish as they backed up last week's great win over Leeds in impressive fashion.

The visitors started strongly with Ealing conceding three penalties in the opening minutes but they held out after Neil Best was eventually penalised for holding on as Scottish refused kicks at goal.

The Irishman made up for it almost immediately however, scoring his first try for the Athletic Ground outfit in the left corner having collected Dan Newton's crossfield kick on 10 minutes.

Scottish continued to put pressure on Trailfinders but could not find their way past a stubborn defence before the hosts eventually found some decent field position themselves but failing to convert this into points.

London Scottish's second try came three minutes from half time.

A prolonged period of play near the Ealing line ended with Dan Newton timing his pass beautifully allowing centre Oli Grove to find a gap and go over in the left corner.

This time stand-off Newton made no mistake with the conversion giving his side a 12-0 lead.

Ealing hit back straight away, Ben Ward kicking a penalty from right in front and they were only denied further points on half-time thanks to some aggressive defence from the Richmond side.

Newton eased Scottish 15-3 ahead with a penalty on 47 minutes before Ealing fly half Ward pushed a tricky penalty just wide soon after.

James Buckland's side cranked up the gears midway though the half and were rewarded with a third try.

This time the forwards did all the work driving towards the line before skipper Mark Bright peeled off a maul to score in the right corner.

Despite difficult kicking conditions Newton was spot on with the conversion which made it 22-3 on the hour mark.

Trailfinders were working hard in attack with only their final execution letting them down and they were made to pay when winger Miles Mantella picked a loose ball up near halfway, eventually scoring under the posts on 70 minutes which sealed the bonus point.

Ealing's hard graft was rewarded soon after when centre Chris Kinloch crossed for a try following a fine break inside the Scots' 22.

But the visitors had the final say scoring a tremendous try two minutes from the end.

Lock David Lyons put Bright through a gap on half way before the Kiwi offloaded to Lewis Thiede inside the 22.

The ball was then put through the hands with Oli Grove on hand to finish the move off in the left corner.

Substitute Lee Millar's successful kick completed a fine afternoon's work for the Scots.

Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here.

Next Saturday, St. Andrew's Day, London Scottish take on Moseley at the Athletic Ground, 3pm kick-off.

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London Scottish: 15, Jim Thompson, 14, Mike Doneghan, 13, Oli Grove, 12, Andy Reay, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Jordi Pasqualin, 1, Mark Irish, 2, Adam Kwasnicki, 3, Tom Francis, 4, Alex Karonias, 5, David Lyons, 6, Neil Best, 7, Chevvy Pennycook, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 19, Ben Russell,18, Lewis Thiede, 20, Lee Millar, 21, Peter Homan, 22, PJ Gidlow, 16, Ted Stagg, 17, Jamie Kilbane,

Tries: Best, Grove (2), Bright, Mantella.

Conversions: Newton (3), Millar.

Penalties: Newton
 

Ealing Trailfinders: 15, Andrew Henderson, 14, William Robinson, 13, Christopher Kinloch, 12, Ronald Mclean-Dents, 11, Philip Chesters, 10, Benjamin Ward, 9, Morgan Thompson, 1, Steven Neville, 2, Samuel Wilkes, 3, Timothy Brockett, 4, Adam Preocanin (c), 5, Stephen Pape, 6, Edward Siggery, 7, Samuel Hocking, 8, Sean O'Connell,

Used replacements: 22, Thomas Wheatcroft.19, Mathew Evans, 17, Ryan Storer, 18, Conor Carey,

Unused replacements: 16, Richard Townsend, 20, Thomas Anderson, 21, Thomas Parker, 22, Thomas Wheatcroft.

Tries: Kinloch

Conversions: Ward

Penalties: Ward

Sin-bin: Wilkes. 

London Scottish supporters' man of the match: David Lyons.

Attendance: 669.

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