Olmstead to make first start, Lydon earns 50th cap against Pirates

12th February 2016

London Scottish have made five changes to their starting line-up for the match against Cornish Pirates at the Athletic Ground tomorrow afternoon.

The Scots are on a four match winning run in all competitions and secured another last-gasp win last weekend, with a Tinus du Plessis try and Peter Lydon conversion giving them a 19-17 victory in the Exile Derby against London Welsh. 

Canadian International Evan Olmstead will make his first start for the club after coming off the bench at Old Deer Park, and Peter Lydon will earn his 50th cap for the Scots, totalling 422 points during his time in Richmond so far. 

James Gibbons, Adam Kwasnicki and Max Maidment start in the front-row, with Rory Bartle being joined by the returning Neale Patrick, who makes his first appearance since Boxing Day in the second-row. 

Evan Olmstead starts at blind-side flanker, beside Chris Walker at open-side, and Mark Bright captains the side at number eight. 

The back-line is unchanged for the third match in succession, Matt Heeks and Dan Newton continue as half-backs, with Scottish pair Alex Grove and Robbie Fergusson extending  their centre pairing.

Jason Harries starts on the right wing, with Howard Packman on the left wing and Peter Lydon making his 50th appearance at full-back. 

James Hallam, Tyrone Moran and Matt Shields will give the Scots another front-row option from the bench. Josh Thomas Brown is also among the substitutes, as well as Freddie Clarke who will look to make an impact across the back-row when called upon. 

George Horne is also on the bench, and Alec Coombes could make his first appearance of the season, the Scotland Under-20 international has recovered from injury and will be looking to have a positive influence in the final seven games of the campaign. 

London Scottish team to play Cornish Pirates on Saturday, 6th February at 15:00 in the Greene King IPA Championship at the Athletic Ground.

15 Peter Lydon 14 Jason Harries 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Alex Grove 11 Howard Packman 10 Dan Newton 9 Matt Heeks 1 James Gibbons 2 Adam Kwasnicki 3 Max Maidment 4 Rory Bartle 5 Neale Patrick 6 Evan Olmstead 7 Chris Walker  8 Mark Bright (c)

16 Tyrone Moran 17 James Hallam 18 Matt Shields 19 Josh Thomas Brown 20 Freddie Clarke 21 George Horne 22 Alec Coombes


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