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Comfortable win for Scottish against stubborn Richmond

Comfortable win for Scottish against stubborn Richmond

London Scottish secured a clinical 45-5 win over Richmond on Saturday afternoon scoring seven tries at a rain-soaked Athletic Ground.

London Scottish secured a clinical 45-5 win over Richmond on Saturday afternoon scoring seven tries at a rain-soaked Athletic Ground.

In a keenly contested local derby, 'hosts' Richmond gave as good as they got but Scottish's superior fitness and strength up front was telling as they claimed a comfortable win.


It was another pleasing workout for Simon Amor's men as they continue to build towards the Green King IPA Championship opener against Ealing on September 14th. 

Scottish got off to a great start going over the line after just five minutes.

Similar to last week's try by Lewis Calder against Harlequins, Scottish secured useful line-out ball 15 minutes out. The resulting rolling maul was too much for Richmond's pack as Jamie Kilbane touched down, Dan Newton converting the extras.

The host’s response was positive with London Scottish having to defend well conceding a number of penalties that were out of striking distance for Richmond kicker Louis Grimoldby.

Scottish were ruthless early on when they had the ball and scored a well worked try after 20 minutes. From a scrum the ball went through the hands of Andy Reay and Jim Thomson before Miles Mantella had the simple task scoring in the left corner.

The hat-trick of tries was complete just after the half hour mark.

Captain Mark Bright forced the error from Jason Phipps in the Scottish half. Full-back Jim Thompson took full advantage charging into the space before releasing Newton to score under the posts. He kicked the extras as the visitors opened up a comfortable 19-0 lead at half time.

Thompson was at it again early in the second half. Another superb break following a scrum near half way saw him exchange passes with Reay before going over in the left corner. Newton kicked the tricky goal although Richmond hit straight back immediately.

A fine move ended with winger Martin Freeman scoring in the corner, a try the hosts deserved following their first half efforts.

The early second half scoring continued, this time Mike Doneghan going over after Grove was played into space thanks to replacement Lee Millar's clever break. The conversion was missed but the lead had already been extended to 31-5.

More lovely interplay, this time involving dual registered Wasps winger Tom Howe and James Love, saw the latter scoring near the hour mark. Newton's kick made it 38-5.

In the closing minutes Scottish rounded off the scoring courtesy of a penalty try after pressure on the Richmond line. James Love slotted the conversion. 

To listen to Director of Rugby Simon Amor's post match thoughts, click here


Home Team
Tries, Freeman
Away Team
Tries, Kilbane, Newton, Mantella, Thompson, Doneghan, Love, Penalty try. 

Conversions: Newton (3), Love, Millar. 

Home Team
1, James Gethings, 2, Jason Phipps, 3, Danny Parkinson, 4, Will Warden (c), 5, Charlie Lenygon, 6, Chris Davies, 7, Tom Sargeant, 8, Harry Edwards, 9, Jamie Gibbs, 10, Louis Grimoldby, 11, Will Browne, 12, Matt Keville, 13, Charlie Incledon, 14, Martin Freeman, 15, Tom Platt.  

Replacements: 16, Tom Debuf, Jeremy Cunnew, Dave Simmons, Tom George, Simon Ackroyd, Rowan Halsall, Paul Nash, Rob Kirby, Robert Alexander. 

Away Team
1. Jamie Kilbane 2. Harry Allen 3. Tomas Francis 4. Neil Best 5. Alex Karonias 6. Chevvy Pennycook 7. Tommy Spinks 8. Mark Bright (captain) 9. Jordi Pasqualin 10. Dan Newton 11. Miles Mantella 12. Andy Reay 13. Oli Grove 14. Peter Homan 15. Jim Thompson

Used replacements: 21, George Hunter, 16, Mark Irish, 17, Nick Mayhew 18, Ted Stagg 19, Lewis Calder 20,  Lewis Thiede, 22, David Lyons, 24, Joe Trayfoot, 28, Mike Doneghan 29, James Love, 30, Tom Howe, Lee Millar, 23, Ben Russell, 25 Sam Stuart, 27, PJ Gidlow.

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