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Brilliant Scottish seal maiden Leeds win

Brilliant Scottish seal maiden Leeds win

London Scottish secured their first ever Championship victory over Leeds Carnegie this afternoon winning 26-15 at the Athletic Ground thanks to a superb all round performance.

London Scottish secured their first ever Championship victory over Leeds Carnegie this afternoon winning 26-15 at the Athletic Ground thanks to a superb all round performance.


The game was effectively won in the first half as the home side produced some brilliant attacking rugby to lead 20-3 at half time.

But the foundations were laid by the forwards who dominated a strong Carnegie pack throughout, led by man of the match Tomas Francis who gave his opposite number a torrid afternoon at scrum time. 

After a circumspect start, Scottish took the lead on nine minutes when they earned a penalty right in front following a period of pressure inside the Leeds half, Dan Newton making no mistake with the kick.

Newton then missed a more difficult kick three minutes later before Mike Doneghan was inches from scoring, referee John Meredith adjudging the winger to have knocked on over the line.

The hosts were over again after a neat line-out move but this time the referee deemed Mark Bright to have been held up.

Midway through the half however, the Richmond outfit got a deserved try.

A box kick was gathered by Doneghan on half way and after the ball was fed to Miles Mantella, he broke the defensive line and fed Andy Reay.

The centre spotted Jim Thompson inside him and the full-back cruised in under the posts.

Newton's simple conversion made it 10-0.

On a dry day Scottish were playing their best rugby of the season and they nearly got a second try after Jordi Pasqualin set up an attacking move which was thwarted inside the Leeds 22.

The inevitable second score did come soon after.

Again Doneghan was the architect picking the ball up near half way feeding Oli Grove who then found Mantella.

Eventually the ball was gathered by captain Bright who barged his way over from close range.

Newton's nudge made it 17-0 before a superb tackle by hooker Adam Kwasnicki saw Oli Goss penalised for holding on, fly half Newton slotting over another penalty for 20-0.

Leeds got on the score sheet three minutes from the break when Alex Lozowski kicked a routine penalty and right on half time Jim Thompson's crucial cover tackle denied winger David Doherty a try.

Within 10 seconds of the restart however, Leeds did get over the line, Pete Lucock fending off Pasqualin to score.

Lozowski conversion sailed just wide.

The next score was always going to prove vital and Newton's penalty following another Leeds infringement at a scrum pushed Scottish more than two scores ahead.

Number eight Bright then thought he had gone over for his second try of the afternoon but Newton's pass was deemed to have been forward.

The Welshman, who was impressive throughout, kicked another penalty to give Scottish a commanding 26-8 advantage after Richard Beck was penalised for holding on.

But Leeds never gave up and Steve McColl, who was called into the Scotland set-up earlier this week, went over having collected Miles Mantella's clearance kick before running in unopposed.

Glyn Hughes made it 26-15 but trademark defence towards the end denied the Yorkshiremen a losing bonus point.

Listen to coach James Buckland post match interview here.

London Scottish: 15. Jim Thompson, 14. Mike Doneghan, 13. Oli Grove, 12. Andy Reay, 11. Miles Mantella, 10. Dan Newton, 9. Jordi Pasqualin, 1. Mark Irish, 2. Adam Kwasnicki, 3. Tom Francis, 4. Paul Spivey, 5. David Lyons, 6. Neil Best, 7. Chevvy Pennycook, 8. Mark Bright (c).

Used Replacements: 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. Ben Russell,16. Ted Stagg, 17. Jamie Kilbane, 22, PJ Gidlow, 21. James Love.

Unused Replacements: 20. Lee Millar.

Tries: Thompson, Bright.

Conversions: Newton (2)

Penalties:Newton (4).

Leeds Carnegie: 15. Steve McColl, 14. Oli Goss, 13. Pete Lucock, 12. Fred Burdon, 11. David Doherty, 10. Alex Lozowski, 9. Craig Hampson, 1. Ben Harris, 2. Joe Graham, 3. James Currie, 4. Matt Smith, 5. Calum Green, 6. Jacob Rowan (c), 7. James Doyle, 8. Ryan Burrows.

Used Replacements:20. Richard Beck, 18. Sam Lockwood, 16. Phil Nilsen, 22. Josh Griffin, 17. Lee Imilek, 19. Nathan Hannay, 21. Glyn Hughes.

Tries: Lucock, McColl.

Conversions: Hughes.

Penalties: Lozowski, 

Referee: John Meredith

Assistants: Rob Warburton and Clare Daniels.

Fourth Official: Doug Cowie.

Attendance: 797.

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