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Super Stevenson Treble Sinks Gala

Super Stevenson Treble Sinks Gala

London Scottish defied the snowy conditions and scored five tries in a 32-0 win over Gala as they ended their British and Irish Cup campaign with a comprehensive win.

London Scottish defied the snowy conditions and scored five tries in a 32-0 win over Gala as they ended their British and Irish Cup campaign with a comprehensive win.


A hat-trick from scrum half Jamie Stevenson, along with a tries from Mark Bright and James Love, helped Scottish to a big win in their final Pool 6 match of this years competition.

After hours of tireless work from fans and staff to shovel snow off the pitch, the Scottish players were able to reward the volunteers with a great all-round performance as they denied their opponents scoring a single point. They may have exited the tournament but the win will help build confidence ahead of the important Championship fixtures to come.

Scottish made a bright start and were in control of the ball for much of the early stages. Oli Grove worked himself into space in the early minutes and had Jim Thompson and Gerard Mullen outside him but, with the try line gaping, he couldn't find the crucial scoring pass. Scottish were soon ahead, though, as James Love was handed a simple penalty opportunity from 20 metres out to the left.

Gala fly-half Andy McLean then missed a relatively straightforward penalty chance from dead centre before an electric break from Love down the left wing looked to have created the opening try for Mullen but the winger was tackled into touch just metres away from the line. The home side did grab their first try soon after, with skipper Mark Bright diving over in the right corner after Scottish had worked through the phases.

Minutes later, Scottish had their second. A superb drive from the pack took them through 25 metres before Stevenson dummied his way over the line close to the posts. Mullen and Dan Mugford then fell victim to injury, being replaced by Richard Bolt and Phil Godman respectively. Stevenson was moved out to the wing and he then scored his second try, athletically collecting a cross-field kick from Godman and touching down.

With Scottish holding a 22-0 lead at half-time, the second half was always going to be a slightly quiet affair unless Gala scored early on. Instead Scottish scored the their fourth, as Godman broke through the defensive line to make 30 metres before find Thompson on his right. The full back then fed Love who had the legs to beat his man to the corner.

Replacement lock Alex Karonias almost grabbed the next score for the home side when he went over in the corner but play was called back for a forward pass. The honour of scoring the fifth try would fall to Stevenson, as, remarkably, he collected another cross-field kick from Godman and scrambled over to score.

There was still time for Karonias to be sent to the sin bin with ten minutes remaining but Scottish's defence never once looked like being breached and they enjoyed the lion's share of possession for the closing moments of the match. The final whistle brought to a close a freezing cold afternoon of rugby but one that only took place thanks to the hard work and spirit of the fans.

London Scottish's next game is away at Doncaster on Friday 25th January. The next home fixture will be on Saturday 9th February against Nottingham (KO 12.15pm). Book your tickets online now!

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