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Leaders Bristol Prove Too Strong In 13 try Thriller

Leaders Bristol Prove Too Strong In 13 try Thriller

London Scottish took part in a 13 try thriller at the Athletic Ground this afternoon against Bristol who proved their title credentials racking up over 50 points for a 55-31 win.

London Scottish took part in a 13 try thriller at the Athletic Ground this afternoon against Bristol who proved their title credentials racking up over 50 points for a 55-31 win.


It was an enthralling way for Scottish to end their league campaign which was topped off by winger Miles Mantella finishing the regular season the Greene King IPA Championship’s top try scorer following today’s brace.

He started the day level on 17 tries with his opposite man, George Watkins, but scored his 18th and 19th try of the season before the interval to give himself clear daylight.

Watkins did cross for a try in the second half but it was Mantella who was able to the claim the end of season bragging rights at full-time.

The match started at a furious pace with no fewer than ten tries scored in the opening half.

Full-back Jim Thompson gave Scottish the perfect start on four minutes, gathering Dan Newton’s clever kick into space to score in the left corner.

Millar missed the tough conversion before Bristol hit back immediately with scrum-half Luke Baldwin dotting down from close range after his forward pack went through the phases.

Jarvis’s kick made it 7-5 before the hosts regained the lead through Mantella’s 18th try of the season.

It was started by Jim Thompson’s kick downfield from his own half which bounced up perfectly for Mantella to collect and score under the posts. Millar’s kick made it 12-7.

It was not long before Bristol were back in front, this time Scotland international flanker Ross Rennie went over under the posts with Jarvis making it 14-12.

Bristol were beginning to move into top gear and they soon secured an 18th try bonus point of the season, when, first Adam Hughes, then winger Andy Short, took advantage of some weak Scottish tackling to cross for tries.

Jarvis kicked the extras following Hughes’ try and Bristol were suddenly 26-12 ahead.

It got better for Andy Robinson’s side when Short went in for his second on 33 minutes, Jarvis’s kick making it 33-12.

Scottish refused to drop their heads and were rewarded with a fine try themselves, Millar setting up Mantella for his second of the day which put him two scores clear of fellow speedster Watkins.

The first half scoring was not over however.

Bristol’s Adam Hughes powered over to claim his brace, then, right on half-time, Mike Doneghan collected a fine pass from Dave Lyons to give Scottish their own try bonus point.

Both tries were successfully converted taking the half-time score to 40-24 at the break.

London Scottish began the second half in fine style, scoring their fifth try of the afternoon through Thompson.

Neat hands from blood replacement Tommy Spinks allowed the in-form full-back to score his second try and move the hosts to within 11 points of Bristol after Millar kicked the extra two.

The West Country outfit hit-back through Cardiff bound George Watkins who showed great strength to clamber over from close range.

Bristol opted for a kick at goal after being awarded a penalty mid-way through the half, which was greeted to light hearted boos by the crowd, Jarvis easing the visitors into a 48-31 lead.

The visitors passed the half century mark on 69 minutes after referee Ian Tempest awarded them a penalty try when the Scots were penalised at the breakdown right on their own line.

Jarvis’s sixth conversion of the day made it 55-31 and that’s how this breathtaking match ended.

Listen to Head Coach James Buckland’s post match interview here.

Listen to the Greene King IPA Championship’s leading try scorer Miles Mantella’s post match interview here.

London Scottish: 15; Jim Thompson; 14, Mike Doneghan; 13, Lee Millar; 12, PJ Gidlow; 11; Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Sam Stuart; 1, Jamie Kilbane; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Eric Fry; 4, Tyler Hotson; 5, Dave Lyons; 6, Neil Best; 7, Matt Everard; 8; Mark Bright (c).

Used Replacements: 22, Dante Mama; 19, Tommy Spinks; 16, Tom Dunn; 21, Andy Reay; 18, Lewis Thiede; 17, George Hunter, 20, Jordi Pasqualin.

Tries: Thompson (2), Mantella (2), Doneghan.

Conversions: Millar (2).

Bristol: 15, Jack Wallace, 14, George Watkins, 13, Jack Tovey, 12, Ben Mosses, 11, Andy Short, 10, Adrian Jarvis, 9, Luke Baldwin, 1, James Hall, 2, Stuart McInally, 3, Jason Hobson, 4, Glen Townson, 5, Mark Sorenson (c), 6, Nick Koster, 7, Ross Rennie, 8, Marco Mama.

Used Replacements: 22, Adam Hughes; Tristan Roberts; 17, Gaston Cortes; 18, Ben Glynn; 16, Ross Johnston, 19, Mitch Eadie, 20, Callum Braley.

Tries: Baldwin, Rennie, Hughes (2), Short (2), Watkins, Penalty Try.

Conversions: Jarvis (6).

Penalties: Jarvis.

Referee Ian Tempest

Assistant referees Phil Watters and Clare Daniels

Attendance: 2,155

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