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Summer signings shine as Scots start pre-season with victory at Rosslyn Park

Summer signings shine as Scots start pre-season with victory at Rosslyn Park

New Director of Rugby Dave Morris got his reign off to an impressive start with a 47-24 win at Priory Lane.

New Director of Rugby Dave Morris got his reign off to an impressive start with a 47-24 win at Priory Lane.

The Scots were good value for the victory, scoring seven tries with doubles from centres Ross Neal and Ben Mosses, whilst Ewan McQuillin, Joe Luca Smith and Dan George also went over the line.


It was the hosts that made the better start, and went ahead after just four minutes with a try from Henry Hudson. The back-rower drove over from close range, and Harry Leonard’s conversion put his side 7-0 ahead.

Scottish responded to take control of the match with three tries before half time. Ross Neal, who has joined from London Irish scored twice to put the Scots ahead. He gathered a neat grubber kick from Ben Mosses to level, before powering over from close range to go 14-7 in front.

Mosses then marked his debut with a score to extend the lead to 21-7, which is how the score remained until the first break in play.

Ewan McQuillin showed an impressive turn of pace for a front-rower to race clear and score under the posts to give the Scots their fourth try, but it was Park who would then respond and get themselves back in to the match.

Ali Wade grabbed a loose ball to drive over from five metres, before only a minute later Dan Barnes stepped his defender and cut the deficit to just eight points.

With 20 minutes remaining the next score looked crucial, and it was the Exiles who put the match beyond doubt with a second try from Mosses. The ex-Bristol centre was on the end of a move which started from their own 22 and saw some impressive hands from the back line before reaching Mosses to run clear of the defence.

Five minutes later Joe Luca Smith raced over the line on the wing to take the Scots beyond the 40 point mark. The debutant was the beneficiary of some quick hands, and used his pace to dive over in the corner.

Dan George was the next to get on the scoresheet after running through from 20 metres with the match becoming increasingly open, and Basil Strang’s fifth conversion of the match made the score 19-47.

The last play saw Rosslyn Park score their fourth of the afternoon from fly-half Harry Leonard, but it was the Scots that left the Rock with a morale-boosting 47-24 win.

Scottish will now look to make another step in their preparations for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season, with an exciting challenge against Cardiff Blues at the Athletic Ground next Saturday.

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1st: Rosslyn Park 7 – 21 London Scottish

2nd: Rosslyn Park 19 – 28 London Scottish

3rd: Rosslyn Park 24 – 47 London Scottish

Home Team
Tries: Henry Hudson (4 minutes) Ali Wade (53 minutes) Dan Barnes (56 minutes) Harry Leonard (78 minutes) Conversions: Harry Leonard (4, 53 minutes)
Away Team
Tries: Ross Neal (8, 20 minutes) Ben Mosses (29, 62 minutes) Ewan McQuillin (34 minutes) Joe Luca Smith (70 minutes) Dan George (75 minutes) Conversions: Basil Strang (8, 20, 29, 62, 75 minutes) Jake Sharp (34 minutes)
Home Team
15 Henry Robinson 14 Rhys Crane 13 Dan Barnes 12 Oli Grove 11 Andrew Henderson 10 Harry Leonard 9 Will Crow 1 Maurice Nwakor 2 Karl Gibson 3 Stewart Maguire 4 Adam Frampton 5 Paul Spivey 6 Frank Taggart 7 Henry Hudson 8 Hugo Willis Replacements: 16 Tom Vaughan Edwards 17 Ali Wade 18 Jamie Gray 19 Jack Gash 20 Russell Weir
Away Team
1st 30: 15 Craig Holland 14 Nick Scott 13 Ross Neal 12 Ben Mosses 11 Connor Hayhow 10 Basil Strang 9 Alex Walker 1 Jonny Harris 2 Isaac Miller 3 Elliot Roofe 4 Mike Howard 5 Kyle Baillie 6 James Tyas 7 Chris Walker 8 Danny Kenny 2nd 30: 15 Tom Parton 14 Rob Stevenson 13 Alec Coombes 12 Fraser Lyle 11 Ian Clark 10 Jake Sharp 9 Ed Hoadley 1 Ben Christie 2 Pete Austin 3 Ewan McQuillin 4 Jonathan Mills 5 Dom McGeekie 6 Gregor Gillanders 7 Joe Atkinson 8 Ed Milne 3rd 20: 15 Basil Strang 14 Jemel Edwards 13 Ben Mosses 12 Ross Neal 11 Joe Luca Smith 10 Fraser Lyle 9 Aaron Booth 1 Jonny Harris 2 Dan George 3 Phil Cringle 4 Jonathan Mills 5 James Tyas 6 Max Berry 7 Matt Marley 8 Ed Milne
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