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Brilliant Scottish run riot against Esher

Brilliant Scottish run riot against Esher

London Scottish produced a devastating display of attacking rugby at the Athletic Ground this afternoon, running in 13 tries during a one sided 81-12 thrashing of National One Esher.

London Scottish produced a devastating display of attacking rugby at the Athletic Ground this afternoon, running in 13 tries during a one sided 81-12 thrashing of National One Esher.

They had racked up six tries by half time and didn't let up scoring another seven after the break, making it an almost perfect end to pre-season with the Greene King IPA Championship kicking off in a fortnight’s time.

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Conditions were conducive to a fast free-flowing game of rugby and that's exactly what the healthy turnout got throughout an entertaining 80 minutes.

The hosts got off to the best possible start scoring inside two minutes.

After a Tedd Stagg carry into the Esher 22, a flowing move involving Lee Millar and Andy Reay ended with Jim Thompson scoring in the left corner. Millar missed to tricky conversion.

Seven minutes later and Scottish scored an even better try. This time from inside their own half the ball was fed along the line. Alexander Karonias, Mark Bright and Thompson were all involved with Miles Mantella cutting a good angle to slice through the defence for an unconverted score.

Esher then got in on the act midway through the half scoring a fine try of their own.

Paul O'Lima showed great power and speed to beat the first line of defence with Luke Daniels scoring under the posts then converting his own try.

Soon after form full-back Thompson scored his second try of the day after the fleet-footed Reay got past O'Lima, offloading to his teammate who scored near the posts, Millar making it 17-7.

Inside centre Reay was involved in virtually everything and he scored Scottish's fourth, beating O'Lima on the outside to go over in the right corner. Millar added the tricky extras.

Reay was not finished and again he polished off another clinical Scottish attack for his second try which put the Athletic Ground outfit 29-7 up, eight minutes from half time.

At the end of the half Lee Millar went over the tryline to continue Scottish's dominance.

Neil Best did well to retain possession having been strongly tackled by two Esher defenders.

Millar got the ball inside the Esher 22, handing off prop Dave Millard to score another Scottish try in the right corner.

The former Gala fly half missed the conversion but Scottish were a healthy 34-7 to the good at the break.

Scottish continued where they left off almost immediately from the restart with replacement Dan Newton scoring in the left corner before Mantella claimed a second intercepting from half way and cruising in.

Newton kicked the difficult first conversion and a second from under the posts which made it 48-7.

Esher never gave up however and got their second try of the afternoon to cut the lead somewhat, a maul close to the tryline being finished off by Stewart McGuire.

On the hour mark, Scottish had their ninth try, Jordi Pasqualin sniping at the base of a ruck and going over from distance. Newton made it 55-12. 

Esher then shot themselves in the foot seeing two players being sent to the sin-bin in quick succession, Mike McFarlane and O'Lima, and they were made to pay.

Russell was set up by Newton to score, the latter kicking the extras before Hotson came to the party scoring on the left hand side with again Newton adding two points.

Back-rower Russell claimed his brace of tries and Newton added a further conversion.

Then right on the final whistle Tom Howe ran in from halfway after being set-up by James Love. Newton summed up a superb afternoon for Scottish  kicking the conversion from out wide which made it 81-12 at full-time.

Listen to Simon Amor's extensive post match thoughts here

Home Team
Tries: Thompson (2), Mantella (2), Reay (2), Millar, Newton, Pasqualin, Russell (2), Hotson, Howe.

Conversions: Millar (2), Newton (6) 

Away Team
Tries: Daniels, McGuire.
Conversion: Daniels.
 
Home Team
1.Mark Irish, 2. Ted Stagg, 3. Lewis Thiede, 4. Alex Karonias, 5. David Lyons, 6. Chevvy Pennycook, 7. Neil Best, 8. Mark Bright (c), 9. Jamie Stevenson, 10. Lee Millar, 11. Miles Mantella, 12. Andy Reay, 13. Oli Grove, 14. Mike Doneghan, 15. Jim Thompson.

Used replacements, 7. Ben Russell, 8. Joe Trayfoot, 12. PJ Gidlow, 14. Peter Homan, 16. Harry Allen, 17. Eric Fry, 18. George Hunter, 19. Tyler Hotson, 20. Jordi Pasquali, 21. Dan Newton, 22. James Love, Tom Howe.

Away Team
Esher: 1. Dave Millard, 2. Neil Sweeney, 3. Stewart Maguire, 4. Kris Chesney, 5. Cameron Gentles, 6. Mike Macfarlane, 7. Peter Synnott, 8. Brandon Walker, 9. Patrick O’Grady, 10. Mickey Wilson, 11. Paul Olima, 12. Tom Cheeseman (c), 13. Jack Cooke, 14. Andy Wright, 15. Luke Daniels.

Used replacements: 16, Ollie Mines, 17, Alex Mount, 18, Simon Edwards, 19, Ian Kench, 26, Steve Wood, 20, Robbie Shaw, 22, Tom Whelan, 24, Arran Cruickshanks, 28, Spencer Sutherland, 25, Freddie Strange, 30, Ashley Smith.

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