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Young Scots See Off Connacht Eagles

Young Scots See Off Connacht Eagles

A young London Scottish side secured victory over Connacht Eagles this evening by 17 points to 7 at the Athletic Ground in round four of the B&I Cup.

A young London Scottish side secured victory over Connacht Eagles this evening by 17 points to 7 at the Athletic Ground in round four of the B&I Cup.

The win was Scottish’s third win on the bounce but they were made to work hard by a hugely physical and more experienced Connacht outfit.


It was the hosts’ own experienced pair of Miles Mantella and Mark Bright who scored the decisive tries either side of half-time with full-back Peter Lydon converting both tries and adding a penalty.

Nevertheless it will be the fledgling players in the home side who will have learnt most and this 80 minutes will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.

Early on, Connacht Eagles stand-off Miah Nikora was just wide with a penalty attempt from near halfway but Irish born full-back Peter Lydon made no mistake for Scottish on seven minutes with his first attempt at goal.

Nikora missed his second penalty attempt soon after and there was more frustration for the visitors who squandered a string of decent attacking positions with elementary mistakes.

The Irish were made to pay for this on 25 minutes when a clever grubber kick by Lydon sat up perfectly for Miles Mantella who scored in the left corner.

Lydon’s touchline conversion sailed straight through giving Scottish a 10-0 advantage.

Up until the break, Connacht continued to impress and frustrate in equal measure, failing to capitalise on spells of territorial dominance with the hosts doing well to quell what was a physically imposing Irish XV.

Connacht piled on the pressure early in the second half and scored a try through outside centre Conor Finn which Nikora converted for 10-7.

On the hour mark Connacht prop Jacob Walshe was sin-binned for persistent infringement and almost immediately replacement number eight Mark Bright got on the end of a driving maul to score Scottish’s second try of the game.

Lydon’s conversion meant Scottish had regained their 10 point advantage.


More sin-binnings followed with Chris Walker and Connacht’s Michael Swift sent to the dugout for an off the ball incident.

In the final quarter, Connacht battered the Scots line but brilliant last ditch defending by the Scots kept them at bay allowing James Buckland’s side to see out victory.

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London Scottish:

15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Hawke, 13, Chris Auld, 12, Harry Sloan, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton (c), 9, Ben Calder (replaced by Matt Heeks), 1, Mark Lilley (replaced by Lovejoy Chawatama), 2, Todd Gleave (replaced by David Cherry), 3, Max Maidment (replaced by Stewart Maguire), 4, Tai Tuisamoa, 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Alex Brown (replaced by Mark Bright), 7, Chris Walker, 8, James Chisholm.

Replacements: 16, Lovejoy Chawatama, 17, David Cherry, 18, Stewart Maguire, 19, Neil Best, 20, Mark Bright, 21, Matt Heeks, 22, Alec Coombes.


Tries: Miles Mantella (26 minutes) Mark Bright (60 minutes)

Conversions:  Peter Lydon (26, 61 minutes)

Penalties: Peter Lydon (7 minutes)

Yellow Card: Chris Walker

Connacht Eagles:

15 Shane Layden,14 David Panter,13 Conor Finn (replaced by Rory Parata),12 Peter Robb,11 Shane O’Leary,10 Miah Nikora (replaced by Conor Mckeon),9 Caolin Blade (replaced by Conor Lowndes),1 Jacob Walshe,2 Jack Dinneen (replaced by Pat O’Toole),3 Saba Meunargia,4 Michael Swift,5 Ultan Dillane (replaced by Conan O’Donnell),6 Mata Fi’fita (replaced by Cian Romaine),7 Rory Moloney (replaced by Stephen McVeigh),8 Eoghan Masterson (c)


16 Pat O’Toole, 17 Conan O’Donnell, 18 Cian Romaine, 19 Stephen McVeigh, 20 Conor Lowndes, 21 Conor Mckeon, 22 Rory Parata


Tries: Conor Finn (47 minutes)

Conversions: Miah Nikora (47 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Jacob Walshe, Michael Swift

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Assistant Referees: Stephen Light & Clare Daniels

Fourth Official: Phil Davies



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