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Last gasp try gives Scottish a losing bonus point in Pontypridd

Last gasp try gives Scottish a losing bonus point in Pontypridd

A last minute Connor Braid try was enough for London Scottish to claim a losing bonus point as they opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a 23-17 defeat in Pontypridd.

A last minute Connor Braid try was enough for London Scottish to claim a losing bonus point as they opened their British and Irish Cup campaign with a 23-17 defeat in Pontypridd.

Scots trailed 23-10 with time up but a well executed chip by Lee Millar was gathered by the on-loan Canadian International Braid, and Peter Lydon’s conversion sent them home with a valuable point.

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It was the kickers who got the scoring underway in difficult conditions, Simon Humberstone and Peter Lydon traded penalties in the tense opening stages as the hosts went into a 6-3 lead after a quarter of an hour.

 

Pontypridd got their first try of the afternoon on 16 minutes. Taufa’ao Filise drove over the line after a period of pressure which eventually told, and Humberstone’s conversion put Pontypridd 13-3 ahead.

 

Scottish hit back shortly afterwards, and Captain James Phillips scored from a trademark rolling maul which proved too much for the Welsh side to deal with. Lydon’s conversion sailed through the posts to cut the deficit to three points. 

 

The rest of the first half was a physical battle which at times threatened to overheat, but Pontypridd went down the tunnel with a 13-10 half-time advantage.

 

The early pressure in the second half was coming from the Welsh team who looked the more likely to add to their lead.

 

Another Humberstone penalty had put Pontypridd 16-10 ahead, and Chris Clayton nearly got over for a try to put them in the driving seat but with the line in front of him a crucial slip allowed the Scottish defence to cover.

 

On 54 minutes the hosts converted their pressure into points, as Owen Jenkins dotted down for a try in the corner. The winger gathered a long looping pass to the delight of the passionate home crowd, and with Humberstone’s boot staying 100% accurate all afternoon he made it 23-10.

 

Pontypridd pushed for more points but the Scottish defence held firm, and they were rewarded at the end with the try that meant they head back to Richmond with a point.

 

Braid scored his third try in two matches since joining from Glasgow with the last play of the game, and with the pressure didn’t affect Lydon who slotted the extras to make the final score 23-17.

 

London Scottish take on Bristol Rugby in Round Two of the British & Irish Cup at 3pm on Saturday, October 18th at the Richmond Athletic Ground. To purchase tickets and hospitality visit www.londonscottish.com/tickets

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