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London Scottish Come Out On Top In Entertaining Local Rivalry

London Scottish Come Out On Top In Entertaining Local Rivalry

London Scottish go into the 2012/13 RFU Championship season on a high after beating local rivals Richmond FC 29-14 at The Athletic Ground.

London Scottish go into the 2012/13 RFU Championship season on a high after beating local rivals Richmond FC 29-14 at The Athletic Ground.

A fast start from London Scottish did bode well for the home side, however it was Richmond with the first breakthrough of the game, Will Warden going over after just 5 minutes of play. Tom Platt converted to give Richmond a 0-7 lead.

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London Scottish’s back line, featuring many new faces for the first time in front of a home crowd, seemed to gel well; scrum half Ross Samson always looking busy and the centre partnership of Andy Reay and PJ Gidlow punching holes in the Richmond defence.

It was Gerard Mullen though that ultimately got London Scottish on the scoreboard, finishing off a fantastic move of flowing hands to go over right in the right corner. This made it a difficult conversion for James Love, who narrowly missed.

Keen to not be upstaged by the backs, the forwards were also out to impress in front of the Friday night crowd. Mark Bright, dominant at the lineout, showed great hands and quick feet to make a break through the Richmond defence, exchanging some lovely passing play between himself, Love and Samson. The three of them almost made it to the try line, just for a knock on to halt the move at the crucial moment. Richmond, sensing the opportunity of a break away, were very quickly thwarted by an immense PJ Gidlow cover tackle, a feature throughout the evening.

The momentum at this point was still with Scottish, and Bright eventually forced his way over to take the home side into the lead at half time; 10-7.

Scottish came out after the break with a raft of changes however this did not affect the momentum of the game and after consistently putting the Richmond pack under pressure, they earned a penalty try early on in the half. This time, Love did make the conversion to extend the lead 17-7.

Oli Grove, recently on as a substitute for Dan Mugford, then very quickly capitalised on a Richmond mistake from a high kick; the attempted catch was fumbled and Grove was there to steal the ball instantly and had the whole Richmond half to run in his try. Another Love conversion made it 24-7.

James Butler pulled one try back for Richmond (converted) but the last say of the game went to Man of the Match James Love, who, after a fantastic show of pace and break from Miles Mantella, was first onto the loose ball to score in the corner and was unfortunate not to convert.

Final Score: London Scottish 29-14 Richmond

London Scottish squad:

15 James Love
14 Gerard Mullen
13 Andy Reay (c)
12 PJ Gidlow
11 Dave McCall
10 Dan Mugford
9 Ross Samson1 Mark Irish
2 Marcus Bloomberg
3 Aaron Liffchak
4 Paul Spivey
5 Alex Karonias
6 James Ngan
7 Chevvy Pennycook
8 Mark Bright

Subs

16 Alex Clarke
17 Adam Kwasnicki
18 Colin Quigley
19 Alex MacKenzie
20 Tyler Hotson
21 Lewis Calder
22 Richard Bolt
23 Jamie Stevenson
24 Oli Grove
25 Miles Mantella
 

 

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