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London Scottish cruise past brave Accies

London Scottish cruise past brave Accies

London Scottish made it two wins from two in this season's British and Irish Cup after a convincing 55-19 victory over Edinburgh Academicals at the Athletic Ground this afternoon.

London Scottish made it two wins from two in this season’s British and Irish Cup after a convincing 55-19 victory over Edinburgh Academicals at the Athletic Ground this afternoon.


A brace of tries from Jamie Stevenson, James Love, Mark Bright and Andy Reay and a Ben Russell score made it a comfortable victory for the hosts, although Accies played their part in an entertaining game, crossing the line three times.

Despite a bright start by the northerners, Scottish took the lead on three minutes through a try from Stevenson.

From a line-out the Scotland A scrum half sprinted in unopposed from 40 metres out, sniping past the defence at the tail. Newton secured the extra two.

Five minutes later the hosts had their second try.

After pressure on Accies line, the ball was shipped along the backline where winger James Love had the simple task of touching down in the corner.

Newton missed the tricky conversion but already the fully professional outfit had opened up a decent gap.

This widened further on 12 minutes when skipper Bright coasted in from far out, shrugging off two defenders on his way to the line.

The conversion was missed but Scottish were already 17 points to the good.

London Scottish continued to dominate proceedings and after 25 minutes the fleet-footed Andy Reay danced his way past his opposite man to touch down. A good nudge by Newton made it 24-0.

There was great cheer for the vocal Accies support soon after when, after a period of pressure by the visitors, stand off Ruaridh Bonner saw a gap 22 metres out and marched in for the try.

He missed a fairly simple kick before Scottish hit back right on half time, a cute offload by Ben Russell allowing Reay to cruise in for his second. Newton's kick was missed but the Richmond lads were 29-5 to the good at the break.

The home side's dominance continued from the restart.

A powerful drive from the pack near the Accies line ended with Bright touching down, Newton making it 36-5.

Accies never gave up and scored a deserved second when Alex Allen powered over from close range.

Bonner's kick saw them claw the score back to 36-12 on 50 minutes.

On the hour mark in-form scrum half Stevenson darted in from close range after the hosts won a scrum against the head inside Accies' 22.

Newton missed the conversion but made up for it slotting two points five minutes later following Russell's try from a metre out.

They hit the 50 point mark eight minutes from time with Love again going over in the corner, Newton's pin point kick making it 55-12.

But fittingly the Scottish capital side had the final say with Shaun Strudwick finishing off a fine move as Accies claimed their third try.

Bonner's conversion made it 55-19 at full time.

James Buckland:

“It was a great occasion and credit to Edinburgh for scoring three good tries. On a different day these three lapses could have cost us. But we scored 55 points against difficult opposition.
“Most importantly over these past two weeks we have been able to give the whole squad a run making sure everyone is fit for battle going into the next six league games.
“Fair play to them, they played. We looked at them during the week and Accies are a team that look to throw the ball around.
“I think they will do well in the Scottish Premiership if they keep playing like that. They had a good support and I hope they enjoy their night. Hopefully Accies go back home saying good things about London Scottish.”

Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here.

London Scottish: 15. Jim Thompson; 14. James Love; 13. Oli Grove; 12. Andy Reay; 11. Peter Homan; 10. Dan Newton; 9. Jamie Stevenson; 1, Mark Irish; 2. Lewis Calder; 3. Eric Fry; 4. Paul Spivey; 5. Tyler Hotson; 6 Ben. Russell; 7. Tommy Spinks; 8. Mark Bright (captain).

Used replacements: 16. Ted Stagg; 17. Nick Mayhew; Matt Everard, 18. Tomas Francis;20. Mike Doneghan; 21. Ben Pattenden.

Unused Replacements: 22. PJ Gidlow.


Tries: Stevenson (2), Love (2), Bright (2), Reay (2), Russell
Conversion: Newton (5)

Edinburgh Accies:

15. Jamie Sole; 14. Nyle Godsmark;13, Chris Dean; 12,Iain Berthinussen, 11. Jamie Farndale; 10. Ruairidh Bonner;9. Alex Black. 1. Alex Allan; 2.Michael Liness; 3. Phil Cringle; ; 4.Greg Campbell (c); 5. Jamie McCarthy; 6. Robin Snape; 7. Hamish Watson; 8. Callum Reid.

Used replacements: 18. Alex Toolis, 17. Shaun Strudwick, 22. Sam Pecqueur, 16.Duncan Morrison, 20.Mike Campbell; 21, Stuart Evans; 19.Tom Stuart.


Tries: Bonner, Allan, Strudwick
Conversion: Bonner (2)

Referee: Dan Jones

Assistant referee: Paul Kimber and Clare Louise Daniels

Fourth Official: Doug Cowie.

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