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Second Half Surge Sees Off Yorkshire

Second Half Surge Sees Off Yorkshire

London Scottish moved back up to third place in the Greene King IPA Championship this afternoon following a come from behind bonus point win over Yorkshire Carnegie at Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish moved back up to third place in the Greene King IPA Championship this afternoon following a come from behind bonus point win over Yorkshire Carnegie at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Scots trailed 8-0 at the break but with a strong wind on their backs in the second half they rallied superbly scoring 26 points and four tries to secure victory.


The result was a perfect response to last Sunday’s painful narrow defeat to Nottingham and ended a four game losing streak in all competitions.

With Nottingham beating Rotherham at Clifton Lane today, there is now a nine point gap between the top four and Rotherham in fifth, further boosting Scottish’s hopes of qualifying for the end of season play-offs.

Scottish began poorly and were penalised at the opening scrum of the game which allowed Yorkshire stand-off Harry Leonard to put his side 3-0 up inside two minutes.

The hosts then enjoyed a decent spell of pressure inside Yorkshire’s half but spurned three great opportunities from attacking line-outs with the set-piece, a tower of strength this season, malfunctioning.

Lock Josh Thomas Brown turned ball over at the other end, pinching a Carnegie line-out on Scottish’s line midway through the half as both teams seemed to struggle with the windy conditions.

Leonard missed a second penalty attempt then on the half hour mark, Scots prop James Hallam was sin-binned for persistent team infringement before Carnegie extended their lead shortly before half time.

Again Scottish failed to take advantage of another decent attacking position, allowing Yorkshire to move play back into their opponent’s half.

Scottish regained possession in their own 22 but some loose passing in midfield saw Yorkshire inside centre Peter Lucock gather and score in the right corner, showing good strength in the process to touch down.

Leonard missed the touchline conversion but his side were eight points to the good at half time.

Scottish needed to respond quickly in the second half and they did exactly that.

Thomas Brown won a line-out 10 metres out and from the driving maul, skipper Mark Bright crashed over for his 13th try of the league campaign.

Lydon kicked the tough conversion but Carnegie hit back immediately.

It was that man Lucock again, rampaging through a gaping hole in Scottish’s defence to score his second try under the posts.

This time Leonard made no mistake with the extras and once more it was an eight point game.

Yorkshire lock Mike Myerscough was then sent to the sin-bin after pulling down a superb Scottish maul on halfway which began near their own 22.

From the resulting line-out, the ball was shipped along the backline with Lydon scoring near the left corner.

The Irishman converted his own try and it got better for Scottish when they took the lead for the first time just before the hour mark.

Carnegie were penalised from the restart allowing Scottish to remain on the front foot.

After going through the phases, Jamie Stevenson and Gregor Gillanders fed flanker Chevvy Pennycook in space who scored Scottish’s third try, again in the left corner.

This time Lydon missed the conversion but Scottish were now ahead, 19-15.

It was not long before Scottish had secured their try bonus point with the best try of the afternoon.

When Lydon fed Matt Williams inside his own half, the right winger went on a mesmerising run only to be held up right on Yorkshire’s line.

His teammates were there in support however and eventually replacement James Phillips crashed over from close range.

Lydon kicked his third conversion of the game which saw the lead extended to 26-15.

Neil Best was the second Scot to go in the sin-bin near the end for infringement at a Yorkshire line-out and when the visitors opted for another line-out they drove over the line with Josh Bainbridge scoring the try.

Leonard kicked the conversion for 26-22 but Scottish comfortably saw out the last couple of minutes to seal victory.

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London Scottish:

15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Matt Hawke (replaced by Harry Sloan), 12, Connor Braid, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Matt Heeks (replaced by Jamie Stevenson), 1, James Hallam (replaced by Mark Lilley), 2, Adam Kwasnicki (replaced by David Cherry), 3, Max Maidment (replaced by Ben Prescott), 4, Josh Thomas Brown (replaced by James Phillips), 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Chevvy Pennycook. 7, Chris Walker (replaced by Neil Best), 8, Mark Bright (c).


16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Ben Prescott, 19, James Phillips, 20, Neil Best, 21, Jamie Stevenson, 22, Harry Sloan.


Tries: Mark Bright (42 minutes) Peter Lydon (55 minutes) Chevvy Pennycook (59 minutes) James Phillips (69 minutes)

Conversions: Peter Lydon (42, 56, 70 minutes)

Yellow Cards: James Hallam & Neil Best

Yorkshire Carnegie:

15. Christian Georgiou 14. Jonah Holmes 13. Rob Vickerman 12. Pete Lucock 11. David Doherty 10. Harry Leonard 9. Chris Pilgrim (replaced by Matt Dudman) 1. Charlie Beech (replaced by Phil Nilsen) 2. Jack Walker (c) (replaced by Ben Harris)  3. Paul Hill 4. Mike Myerscough (replaced by Chris Jones) 5. Matt Smith 6. Richard Beck 7. Chris Walker (replaced by Josh Bainbridge) 8. Jarad Williams.


16. Ben Harris 17. Phil Nilsen 18. James Tideswell 19. Chris Jones 20. Josh Bainbridge 21. Oli Goss 22. Matt Dudman.


Tries: Pete Lucock (38, 45 minutes) Josh Bainbridge (80 minutes)

Conversions: Harry Leonard (45, 80 minutes)

Penalties: Harry Leonard (2 minutes)

Yellow Card: Mike Myerscough


Referee: Thomas Foley

Assistant Referees: Simon Harding and Dino Maddern

Fourth Official: Mark Doran




MAN OF THE MATCH: Chevvy Pennycook

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