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SCOTTISH CONTINUE WINNING START AT HOME

London Scottish 22 Nuneaton 7 London Scottish put last week's away defeat to Esher behind them and continued their unbeaten home start to the season with a 22-7 win over Nuneaton in a physical encounter at the Athletic Ground this afternoon. In overcast and windswept conditions, Scottish overcame a nervous opening few minutes, which saw Nuneaton's scrum half Huw Thomas miss a penalty opportunity to put the visitors in the lead, to dominate possession and territory during the first half.

London Scottish 22 Nuneaton 7 London Scottish put last week’s away defeat to Esher behind them and continued their unbeaten home start to the season with a 22-7 win over Nuneaton in a physical encounter at the Athletic Ground this afternoon. In overcast and windswept conditions, Scottish overcame a nervous opening few minutes, which saw Nuneaton’s scrum half Huw Thomas miss a penalty opportunity to put the visitors in the lead, to dominate possession and territory during the first half.

But a penalty from full back Frankie Neale apart, it wasn’t until the closing minutes of the half that the hosts turned their superiority into points. When the first try came though, it was well worth waiting for, a huge pass out to the left from fly-half James Brown finding winger David Howells, who crossed over in the corner for the try. A swirling wind, however, pushed Neale’s conversion attempt away from the posts.

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Three minutes later, Scottish added to their lead, a turnover ball on the Nuneaton 22 played out wide to Howells, who jinked through a couple of attempted tackles before passing inside for Neale to cross over, the full back this time putting his kick through the posts for a 15-0 half-time lead.

After the interval, Scottish continued to threaten Nuneaton, but were unable to translate their superiority into points, and found themselves down to 14 men when scrum-half Simon Amor was sin-binned on 47 minutes.

Nevertheless, it was Scottish who continued to apply pressure, and it was only after parity in numbers had been restored that the visitors made a rare excursion out of their own half, wingers Elliot Brown and Jim MacDonald combining well for the latter to score. This time, Thomas sent his kick over to make the score 15-7.

Scottish quickly put some distance between themselves and the visitors, however, Howells picking up a an awkward ball close to the Nuneaton 22 and passing outside for centre Rory Damant to score in the left-hand corner. With the wind continuing to make kicking conditions difficult, Neale judged his conversion attempt perfectly to make it 22-7.

As the clock ticked down, Scottish sought the breakthrough that might have given them the bonus point, but it wasn’t to be. 

Home Team
London Scottish 22 (Tries: Howells, Neale, Damant; Conversions: Neale (2); Penalty: Neale)
Away Team
Nuneaton 7 (Trey: MacDonald; Conversion: Thomas)
Home Team
London Scottish: Neale, Howells, Damant, McInroy, Piotrowski, Brown, Amor, Johnson, Standfield, Graham, Karonias, Palmer, Brown, Lonergan, Ball (Replacements: Silvester, Fahey, Smith, Walbyoff, Dunlop)
Away Team
Nuneaton: Moore, Brown, Takarngi, Douglas, MacDonald, Poulton, Thomas, Davies, Bray, Pickard, Hurst, Griffiths, Smith, Avelm, Eborall (Replacements: Coltman, Taylor, Daish, Roy-Smith (N), Roy-Smith (A))
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