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Tries in each half help London Scottish edge out Redruth

Tries in each half help London Scottish edge out Redruth

Tries from Charlie Broughton and David Howells either side of half-time helped London Scottish beat Redruth 16-8 following a hard-fought, physical encounter at the Athletic Ground this afternoon.

Tries from Charlie Broughton and David Howells either side of half-time helped London Scottish beat Redruth 16-8 following a hard-fought, physical encounter at the Athletic Ground this afternoon.

When the teams last met in Cornwall in November, Scottish pulled back a 10-point deficit in atrocious conditions to come away with an 11-10 win, and while today’s meeting didn’t quite match that encounter in terms of tension, the scoreline remained close enough to keep the crowd absorbed.

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On a sunny but cold afternoon, Redruth kicked off and had an early opportunity to take the lead but fly half Aaron Penberthy saw his long-range penalty attempt drift wide.

After five minutes, Scottish took the lead, full back Frankie Neale, returning to the side after his three tries for England Counties against Ireland last weekend, slotting a penalty from 22 metres.

Although the visitors dominated early territory and possession, it was not until Scottish hooker Arthur Ellis was sin-binned on the quarter hour that they got their first points on the board with Penberthy scoring a penalty with his third attempt of the afternoon.

Despite being a man down, Scottish took the game to Redruth, and were rewarded on 23 minutes when Neale put a huge penalty kick over from beyond the 40 metre line.

Once parity in numbers had been restored, Redruth threatened to score a pushover try down the right, but the Scottish defence held firm and cleared their lines, almost scoring themselves moments later as Neale spilled a pass when a clean take would have left him with a clear run at the line.

The opening try came on 39 minutes, and it was the hosts that scored it, after Matt Johnson charged down a Redruth kick, forcing the Cornish side to touch down for a five-yard scrum, from which the Scottish forwards appeared to have driven over.

Referee Rowan Kitt adjudged, however, that the ball was still alive, and it eventually found its way back to Simon Amor who launched a huge pass to the right for winger Charlie Broughton to score.

With Neale narrowly missing his conversion attempt and Redruth full back Adryan Winnan subsequently failing to find the target with a penalty kick, Scottish went into the interval 11-3 ahead.

The hosts started the second half brightly, with skipper Gary Trueman, winner of the FirstCape man of the match award, almost finding a way through with a surging run, and No 8 Willie Lipp stopped just short of the try line after being put through by a neat reverse pass from Amor, but the visitors’ defence held firm.

On 52 minutes, Redruth second row Richard Carroll, an imposing figure with his tattooed arms and flowing blond hair who rose well to the role of pantomime villain the home support cast him in, was sin-binned after tempers became frayed following a ruck. However, despite the Scottish forwards using their extra man advantage to set up a series of attacks, resolute defending from Redruth meant there was no way through.

If the visitors thought that the danger had passed once Carroll had been allowed to re-enter the fray, they were proved wrong as Scottish came at them with renewed vigour, stretching the Cornish defence to breaking point to allow replacement David Howells to go over in the left-hand corner for a 16-3 lead.

As if stung into action, Redruth hit back immediately, and fittingly it was Carroll who claimed the try, carrying over in the corner after a huge drive from the visiting forwards down the right, although kicking into a swirling wind, Winnan was unable to add the conversion.

Although the game opened up in the closing ten minutes, that proved to be the last score of the afternoon. The result leaves Scottish, who travel to Otley next week, in second place in the table, three points behind Esher who won 53-15 at Cambridge today and have two games in hand.

Home Team
16 Tries: Broughton, Howells; Penalties: Neale (2)
Away Team
8 Try: Carroll; Penalty: Penberthy
Home Team
Neale, Broughton, Damant, Trueman (C), Piotrowski, Amor, Grant, M Johnson, Ellis, Fahey, Karonias, Fullarton, Yellowlees, Lonergan, Lipp (Replacements: Standfield, Graham, O Brown, J Brown, Howells)
Away Team
Winnan, Vinnicombe, Bonds, Thirlby, Pedley, Penberthy, Simmons, Jaques, Gidlow, Joyce, Cook, Carroll, Hambly, Fuca, Duncan. (Replacements: Goodfellow, Cowan-Dickie, Brown, Penney, Semmens)
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