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Scottish Secure Comfortable Win Over Esher

Scottish Secure Comfortable Win Over Esher

London Scottish secured a comfortable 42-12 victory over Esher this afternoon to claim a first win of pre-season in front of their home fans at Richmond Athletic Ground.

London Scottish secured a comfortable 42-12 victory over Esher this afternoon to claim a first win of pre-season in front of their home fans at Richmond Athletic Ground.

The Scots scored six tries in all which ensured a morale boosting win heading into next weekend's highly anticipated home clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, August 30, 3pm kick-off. 


Scottish put 81 points and 13 tries past Esher in the corresponding fixture last season but the visitors were never in any danger of conceding as many tries this time around providing stern resistance for James Buckland's men.

Esher began brightly in the opening five minutes but were caught napping soon after following a fine counter attacking break by Mike Doneghan.

The right winger cut through Esher's defence before feeding Errie Claassens on the left wing who then cruised in, side-stepping the full-back and scoring under the posts. Peter Lydon's simple conversion made it 7-0.

A frustrating period of play ensued for more than 10 minutes at the base of a scrum, five metres from the Esher line, which resulted in visiting prop Ben Featherstone seeing yellow for persistent infringement.

After a string of penalties, the Scots opted for an attacking line-out rather than a scrum, from which scrum-half Matt Heeks broke to the narrow side feeding Mike Doneghan who scored in the corner. Lydon's fine conversion doubled Scottish's advantage to 14-0.

Doneghan was at it again, quickly netting a brace of tries on 37 minutes after he gathered a delicate grubber kick by Oli Grove to score in the right corner.

Peter Lydon made it three conversions from three with another beautiful strike for 21-0.

Scottish claimed their fourth try of the afternoon early in the second half after the hosts took advantage of a mistake by Esher inside their own 22.

The ball was snapped up by replacement Mark Bright before PJ Gidlow showed a delightful sleight of hand to feed Grove who went over unopposed.

Dan Newton's simpled kick eased Scottish into a 28-0 lead.

Just before the hour mark Scottish claimed a fifth try, quickly followed by a sixth on 62 minutes.

First trialist winger Alex Coombes fed Bright who charged towards the line from 25 metres out, only to be halted by a high tackle right on the try line, referee Greg MacDonald opting to award a penalty try.

A sixth try was scored by Miles Mantella after ball was turned over on Esher's line and quickly recycled allowing Mantella to cruise in.

Newton was successful with both conversions to move Scottish 42-0 ahead. 

Esher enjoyed their best spell of the match in the final ten minutes scoring two well worked tries.

From a line-out inside Scottish's 22, Brandan Walker dotted down under the posts after a powerful drive by the forwards. Andy Garner converting.

Straight from kick-off a fine break by Spencer Sutherland allowed winger Paul Olima to stretch his legs and show great power and pace to score.

The conversion was missed but Esher had quickly registered 12 points without reply.

Scottish pressed hard thereafter for a seventh score but it never came meaning the hosts had to settled for a 30 point winning margin at full-time.

Listen to man of the match Oli Grove's post match interview here.

Doneghan Pleased With Try Brace: Post match interview, click here.

Watch Backs Coach Peter Richards interview with LSTV here.

London Scottish host Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, August 30, 3pm kick-off before opening their Greene King IPA Championship campaign against Rotherham Titans at the Athletic Ground on Saturday, September 6, 3pm kick-off.

Tickets and hospitality for both fixtures can be purchased online here or by calling the Commercial team on 020 3397 9551.

Home Team
Tries: Errie Claassens (6 minutes) Mike Doneghan (27, 35 minutes) Oli Grove (47 minutes) Penalty try (57 minutes) Miles Mantella (61 minutes).

Conversions: Peter Lydon (6, 28, 35 minutes) Dan Newton (47, 57, 61 minutes).
Away Team
Tries: Brandon Walker (70 minutes) Paul Olima (71 minutes)

Conversions: Andy Garner (70 minutes)
Home Team
15, Peter Lydon (replaced by Matt Williams); 14, Mike Doneghan (replaced by Alec Coombes); 13, Oli Grove (c); 12, Lee Millar (replaced by PJ Gidlow), 11, Errie Claassens (replaced by Miles Mantella) ; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Matt Heeks (replaced by Jamie Stevenson); 1, James Hallam (replaced by Lovejoy Chawatama); 2, David Cherry (replaced by Ross Doneghan, then replaced by Todd Gleave); 3, Max Maidment (Ben Prescott); 4, Tai Tuisamoa; 5, Adam Preocanin; 6, Fred Clarke (trialist) (replaced by Mark Bright); 7, Neil Best; 8, James Phillips (replaced by Harry McCartney).

Replacements: 16, Lovejoy Chawatama; 17, Ross Doneghan; 18, Ben Prescott; 19, Harry McCartney; 20, Mark Bright; 21, Jamie Stevenson; 22, Alec Coombes (centre/wing, trialist); 23, PJ Gidlow; 24, Miles Mantella; 25, Matt Williams; 26, Todd Gleave (hooker, trialist); 27, Ben Calder.
Away Team
15, Mickey Wilson; 14, Andy Wright; 13, Ollie Richards; 12, Tom Bedford; 11, Paul Olima; 10, Ian Cross; 9, Stuart Cummins; 1 Dave Millard; 2, Neil Sweeney; 3, Ben Featherstone; 4, Neilus Keogh; 5, Ian Kench; 6, Peter Synnott; 7, Joe Garner; 8, Harrison Collins.

Replacements: 16, Colm McMahon; 17, Alex Mount; 18, Sam Davis; 19, Dave Simmons; 20, Ollie Curry; 21, Pete Daly; 22, Brandon Walker; 23, Andy Garner; 24, Spencer Sutherland; 25, Tom Cheeseman; 26, Joe Brown; 27, Andy Jones.

Yellow Cards: Ben Featherstone (24 minutes)
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