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Scottish Comeback Secures Incredible Win Over Pirates

Scottish Comeback Secures Incredible Win Over Pirates

James Love struck a match-winning penalty just minutes from time to hand Scottish a remarkable 17-20 win over Cornish Pirates Stadium at the Mennaye Field in Penzance.

James Love struck a match-winning penalty just minutes from time to hand Scottish a remarkable 17-20 win over Cornish Pirates Stadium at the Mennaye Field in Penzance.

Scottish remarkably clawed back a 17 point deficit as they recorded their fourth straight league win and a second away win of the season.

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Two tries from Pirates winger Matt Evans had threatened to put Scottish out of sight as the home side built a 17-0 lead. But the comeback was started and finished by Love, who kicked two penalties and scored a crucial try to go along with skipper Mark Bright's five-pointer.

Scottish headed to Cornwall in good form and they began the match in confident fashion. Twice they thought they had scored the opening try in the first ten minutes of the game – a series of pick and drives looked to have resulted in a score before Oli Grove then went over the line but both times the referee didn't award the try.

The Pirates then went on the offensive and were soon ahead through a Kieran Hallett penalty after Scottish were penalised at scrum time. The hopes of the visitors were then hit by a a succession of blows, as scrum half Jamie Stevenson was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle. And the Pirates took full advantage as Evans was sent over after a blindside break from Tom Kessell.

PJ Gidlow then became the second Scottish player to be yellow carded after not rolling away after the tackle. Down to 13 men, Scottish were able to hang on until half time but, in the opening moments of the second half, the home side extended their lead. Good hands from Hallett freed Evans for his second try of the afternoon as the Canadian wing moved into double figures for the season.

Scottish rang the changes, replacing the entire front row and bringing on flanker Chevvy Pennycook, who had been initially named in the side to start but was forced onto the bench by illness. And the replacements seemed to have an immediate effect. Love was presented with a penalty opportunity from 25 metres which he happily accepted to get Scottish on the board for the first time.

From then on, it was almost all Scottish. They poured numbers into the breakdown, creating sustained pressure just on the Pirates' try-line and Bright was able to scramble over and ground the ball for the try. Love's conversion brought the visitors to within a converted try and the momentum was suddenly right behind Simon Amor's side.

Scottish continued to attack and it looked like they had missed a golden chance when Miles Mantella failed to collect Phil Godman's excellent kick over the top. But, moments later, they were level. Stevenson made a great break and was able to feed Love who expertly finished in the corner. The quality of the finish was matched by the quality of his conversion as he drilled Scottish level.

Then, with the Pirates now down to 14 men themselves following Ben Maidment's sinbinning, the referee handed Love a penalty opportunity from 20 metres out – a chance that Love gratefully accepted as his reliable right boot handed Scottish the lead for the first time in the match with around four minutes remaining.

It was a predictably frantic conclusion to the game as the Pirates threw everything they had at the Scottish defence and camped themselves just short of the line for several minutes of excruciating pressure. But the away side's line held firm, they managed to win possession and the ball was eventually booted clear for another eye-catching win.

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