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Rotherham Titans secure historic victory over Scottish

Rotherham Titans secure historic victory over Scottish

Rotherham Titans secured their first ever away win over London Scottish this evening after a narrow 24-23 win at the Athletic Ground.

Rotherham Titans secured their first ever away win over London Scottish this evening after a narrow 24-23 win at the Athletic Ground.

In a nervy encounter the visitors proved their top four credentials with an impressive brand of attacking rugby that saw them edge out Scottish by a single point.

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Both teams contributed to an entertaining game scoring two fine tries a piece but it was the visitors who held on to claim the win.

It was just Scottish's second defeat of the season and the losing bonus point courtesy of Jim Thompson's late try was the least they deserved.

The hosts took the lead on 10 minutes after fly half Dan Newton was successful with his second penalty effort of the evening from right in front following good pressure by his forward pack.

Most of the play after this was stifled somewhat by some poor kicking from hand as a game of kicking cat and mouse ensued.

Eventually a neat darting run by impressive Titans nine Charles Muclhrone resulted in a penalty for the visitors and centre Juan Pablo Socino made no mistake to level matters up on 24 minutes with the kick.

The game sprang into life minutes later and it was in form Miles Mantella who started things off.

He began a terrific counter attack inside his own half before the ball went through the hands of Andy Reay and Oli Grove to James Love.

The winger had lots to do but his pace then power saw him score in the right corner.

Newton was spot on with the conversion to make it 10-3.

A period of pressure soon after ended with Socino cutting the deficit with another simple penalty.

Titans winger Curtis Wilson then just failed to gather Dallan Murphy's crossfield kick in a dangerous position as the Athletic outfit held on to take a 10-6 lead in at the interval.

The visitors, with 23 tries in four games already in the campaign, came out the traps flying in the second half and only trademark Scottish defending kept them out.

Newton's penalty nudged the Scots 13-6 ahead before Socino responded likewise for 13-9.

Then straight from the restart the visitors took the lead for the first time.

Newton's kick went too long and having won a free-kick at the scrum, Muclhrone made the break which eventually resulted in hooker Tom Cruse going over.

The conversion was missed and this allowed replacement fly half Lee Millar to edge Scottish back into a 16-14 lead thanks to another penalty.

Socino then responded in kind to make it 17-16 for Titans as Mark Bright was sent to the sin bin for infringing at a breakdown.

It got even better for the attack-minded Titans when Cruse went over for his second try after being set up by full-back Sean Scanlon.

The successful kick by Socino was crucial as it gave them an eight point advantage going into the final few minutes.

And they needed that cushion after Millar set up Jim Thompson for a try at the death.

Millar converted for 24-23 but Titans held out for victory much to the delight of the vocal travelling support.

Listen to James Buckland's post match interview here.

London Scottish:

15. Jim Thompson; 14. James Love; 13. Oli Grove; 12. Andy Reay; 11. Miles Mantella; 10. Dan Newton; 9. Jamie Stevenson; 1, Mark Irish; 2. Ted Stagg; 3. Eric Fry; 4, David Lyons; 5. Tyler Hotson; 6. Chevvy Pennycook, 7. Neil Best; 8. Mark Bright (captain).

Used replacements: 16, Jamie Kilbane (blood replacement), 17. Lewis Thiede; 19. Ben Russell; 22, Mike Doneghan, Lee Millar

Unused replacements: 18, Paul Spivey; 20. Ben Pattenden;

Tries: Love, Thompson
Conversions:Newton, Millar.
Penalties: Newton (2) Millar.

Sin bin: Bright

Rotherham Titans:

15 Sean Scanlon, 14 Michael Keating, 13 Joel Gill, 12 Juan Pablo Socino, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 Dallan Murphy, 9 Charlie Mulchrone (captain), 1 Marshall Gadd, 2 Tom Cruse, 3 Colin Quigley, 4 Barney Maddison, 5 Dan Sanderson, 6 Ed Williamson, 7 Ali Birch, 8 Laurence Pearce.

Used replacements:22 Jamie Broadley; 19 Ben Thomas; 20 Alex Rieder.

Unused replacements: 16 Jack Preece, 17 Mike Dias, 18 Mark Tampin, 21 Dan White.

Tries:Cruise (2)
Conversions: Socino
Penalties: Socino (4)

Referee: David Rose. Assistants: Shane Lewis and Lionel Spooner.

Attendance: 1103.

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