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Worcester Prove Too Strong For Resilient Scots

Worcester Prove Too Strong For Resilient Scots

Two late tries from winger Sam Smith ensured Worcester Warriors the festive bragging rights at Richmond Athletic Ground this afternoon as they secured a 34-17 bonus point victory over Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship's pick of round nine fixtures.

Two late tries from winger Sam Smith ensured Worcester Warriors the festive bragging rights at Richmond Athletic Ground this afternoon as they secured a 34-17 bonus point victory over Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship’s pick of round nine fixtures.

More than 2,000 fans witnessed an entertaining game which was in the balance going into the final ten minutes before Smith netted a brace of tries in the right hand corner.


The Scots will reflect on ill-discipline at the beginning of either half which allowed the now league-leading Warriors to rack up 22 points in total during these spells..

Despite this, the Scots fought back to within striking on each occasion and were just five points behind Worcester going into the final 10 minutes.

Dean Ryan's side scored their opening two tries inside ten minutes.

After the Scots were penalised for being offside at kick-off, from a resulting attacking line-out, Worcester went through more than 10 phases before prop Nick Schonert dived over unopposed.

Ryan Lamb missed the conversion before more ill-discipline from kick-off again proved costly for the hosts.

This time it gave Warriors territory to build some pressure and eventually Georgian prop Val Rapava-Ruskin powered over from a five metre line-out.

Lamb kicked the extras but Peter Lydon got London Scottish on the board with a penalty soon after.

A fine break from Miles Mantella set-up by skipper Mark Bright’s inside pass near halfway then led to Worcester conceding another penalty in their own 22.

This time an attacking line-out was the call and it proved the right decision with Bright crashing over the try line following a customary driving maul.


Lydon kicked the conversion meaning it was a two point game, however James Buckland’s side were left frustrated minutes later when they were penalised for holding onto the ball on the deck right on Worcester’s line.

At the other end flanker Neil Best did brilliantly to thwart an advancing Worcester driving maul on Scottish’s line towards the end of an entertaining opening 40.

Ryan Lamb made it 15-10 with a penalty early in the second half.

Scottish replacement Chevvy Pennycook came on for Gregor Gillanders on 47 minutes but no sooner was the flanker on, he had been sent to the sin-bin for persistent team infringement.

They were made to pay immediately when Warriors skipper GJ Van Veltze took a quick tap penalty to score in the left corner.

Lamb’s impressive conversion meant Worcester had regained their 12 point advantage early in the second half.

On the hour mark, Warriors flanker Jonathan Thomas was sin-binned for a cynical trip on Mark Bright before Worcester replacement Leo Senatore followed him within two minutes.

Bright made them pay scoring his second try, peeling off a driving maul to score near the posts.

Lydon’s conversion got Scottish back within five points but Sam Smith closed the game out in the final five minutes, beating Mantella to the ball in the right corner following Lamb’s cross field kick which also secured the bonus point.

In the final minute, Smith bagged his brace scoring unopposed in the same corner with Lamb’s conversion making it 34-17 on full-time.

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London Scottish:

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

16, Mark Lilley, 17, David Cherry, 18, Ben Prescott, 19, Alex Brown, 20, Chevvy Pennycook, 21, Ben Calder, 22, Connor Braid.


Tries: Mark Bright (19, 65 minutes)

Conversions: Peter Lydon (19, 65 minutes)

Penalties: Peter Lydon (14 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Chevvy Pennycook, James Phillips

Worcester Warriors:

15 Chris Pennell 14 Sam Smith 13 Max Stelling 12 Ryan Mills 11 Tom Biggs 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 1 Val Rapava Ruskin 2 Agustin Creevy (replaced by Dan George) 3 Nick Schonert 4 Mike Williams 5 Darren O’Shea 6 Jonathan Thomas 7 Sam Betty (replaced by Leo Senatore) 8 GJ van Velze (C)

16 Dan George 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Rees 19 Leo Senatore 20 Charlie Mulchrone 21 Ignacio Mieres 22 Andy Symons.


Tries: Nick Schonert (3 minutes) Val Rapava Ruskin (9 minutes) GJ Van Velze (52 minutes) Sam Smith (75, 79 minutes)

Conversions: Ryan Lamb (9, 52, 79 minutes)

Penalties: Ryan Lamb (43 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Jonathan Thomas, Leo Senatore


Referee: Dean Richards

Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Jonathan Healy

Fourth Official: Clare Daniels




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