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Early Scottish flourish secures bonus point win

Early Scottish flourish secures bonus point win

London Scottish recorded their eighth straight victory with a bonus point win over Macclesfield, maintaining third place in National League One. Four first half tries all but secured the victory for Scottish, but a spirited fight back from the home side ensured a tense finish for both teams as the visitors defence was resolutely tested all the way to the final whistle.

London Scottish recorded their eighth straight victory with a bonus point win over Macclesfield, maintaining third place in National League One. Four first half tries all but secured the victory for Scottish, but a spirited fight back from the home side ensured a tense finish for both teams as the visitors defence was resolutely tested all the way to the final whistle.

With both teams looking to build on their strong league position, Scottish started brighter and five minutes in the ball was spread to Damant who gratefully accepted James Brown’s pass to go over. Although Brown was unable to convert, Simon Amor’s team had laid an early marker and gained the initial momentum. Not to be out done, Macclesfield responded with some positive play and won a penalty just outside the 22 on the 12 minute mark which Thomas Eaton converted.

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Sensing the home side were finding their feet, Scottish upped the tempo and the backs moved the ball to Timothy Holgate who broke through the defence to touch down and give Brown an easy kick. The visitors had the wind in their sails and two minutes later Damant was again the lucky recipient when Eaton’s clearance kick was charged down and the winger ran over for his second score.

Macclesfield were now finding it difficult to contain a rampaging Scottish as their defence began to fall apart. With little over 15 minutes of the half left to play, the ball was quickly played along the line with a Scottish two man overlap and Bordiss easily ran in the fourth try of the game and with it secured the bonus point.

A penalty eight minutes later from Tom Eaton gave the hosts hope and right before half time they got back in the game, turning over from the scrum as open-side flanker Evan Stewart dived over from the back of the ruck.

With O’Reilly scoring just after the break it looked as if Scottish might run away with it but quick thinking from Charlie Mulchrone inspired the fight back.

The scrum-half took a quick penalty just outside the visitors 22 and off loaded the ball to Simpson to go over. The momentum had now swung fully in favour of the home side and little over five minutes later a big drive off the back of a lineout from the Macclesfield forwards put them on the Scottish line after a lineout as Robinson touched down to bring them within six points of the lead. The pressure was piled on Scottish when wing Roman Piotrowski was sent to the sin bin with less than 10 minutes to go. But despite the man advantage the Scottish defence held firm to secure their seventh bonus point victory of the season.

Following the game, London Scottish head coach Simon Amor was delighted to get the five points and praised his team’s defensive performance. “Our defence was fantastic. I always had the confidence our boys could defend and when called upon they did their job exceptionally well.”
 

Home Team
Stewart (39); Simpson (55); Robinson (60); Eaton (2C, 2P)
Away Team
Damant (5, 16), Holgate (13), Bordiss (26), O'Reilly (44), Brown (3C)
Home Team
O'Regan, Simpson, Hughes, Davenport, Fowles, Eaton, Mulchrone, Mantell, Moss, Robinson, Marsh, Stott-Sugden, Sayce, Stewart, Keep.

Replacement: Luckett, Allen, Wigham, Coulbeck, Hardwick

Away Team
Bordiss, Holgate, Damant, Trueman, Piotrowski, Brown, O'Reilly, Clarke, Standfield, Fahey, Newman, Brown, Lonergan, Calder, Lipp
Replacements: Kwasnicki, Kent, Karonias, Grant, Peel
 
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