Scottish dug deep as the clock ticked down, Stevenson and number eight Matt Eliet almost finding a way through before an impressive scrum in the shadow of the posts reaped a penalty. The two packs hunkered down again and again as Scottish looked to get a scoring shove on, but Hartpury held on grimly and their stoicism was richly rewarded as Cochrane accelerated out of his own half with the backs finally unleashing some magic and mayhem. Ed Sheldon scores for Hartpury Williams and Sheldon both went within inches of scoring and after Hartpury drew in the defence with the pick and go, they fired the ball out wide to full-back Mike Wilcox in acres of space to score and snatch a crucial victory, albeit at the close of a sub-standard performance.
When Scottish fumbled again, Braley pounced and should have made more of the subsequent attack through the lively Boulton and Sheldon but mistakes again meant the move ran aground. Callum Braley The ball soon after went loose in midfield off Oakley and the Scottish hack through put Hartpury under all sorts of pressure, but as they countered from inside their own 22 with considerable flair, Sheldon was high tackled by Kenny, who was shown a red card on 67 minutes. Hartpury looked to use their back line to greater effect as the gaps inevitably started to appear; Boulton and replacement James Williams both cutting a swathe into the Scottish 22, but they could not find the final thrust.
Last gasp Mike Wilcox try earns Hartpury victory over ScottishA Mike Wilcox try in the dying seconds saw Hartpury clinch their third Championship win of the season at struggling London Scottish. In a clash characterised by unforced errors and wasted opportunities, a red card for Scottish replacement Danny Kenny on 67 minutes probably proved the difference in the end, with Hartpury able to exploit the extra space to work an overlap for the full-back to cruise in and snatch the honours. A great take from Ed Sheldon on the wing proved the catalyst for Hartpury to strike the first blow, but it was Eves who cantered over after being released by centre partner George Boulton.
” (Photo: Getty Images) Vernon brings a wealth of big match experience to the Exiles, having been capped 24 times by Scotland and appeared at two World Cups. Scottish are looking to bounce back after finishing second bottom last season, with Vernon explaining: “The aspiration is to be competitive and, from speaking to Dave, they lost a lot of tight games in the last few minutes. “But it’s a league where you can make a really big leap over the course of one season and be up there challenging the year after, so getting into the top six and giving teams like London Irish and Ealing a run is the target. “I’m going there as a centre but I played a few times for Glasgow in the back row last year as well, so if I have to get the scrum cap on again and cover for injuries or whatever, I’m happy to go with what the coaches decide.
Fly-half Jacob Perry converted. Jacob Perry takes the conversion for Hartpury RFC v Jersey Reds The visitors had the chance to turn the screw as they won a penalty line-out metres from the Scottish line five minutes later and number eight Darrell Dyer looked to spearhead the drive but it was disrupted for the turnover. A penalty scrum saw another opportunity lost soon after as Scottish took it against the head, kick-starting a sustained attacking spell for the hosts as they moved the ball quickly and accurately through the phases and along the line. Centre Ben Mosses and winger Nick Scott both almost found a way through the Hartpury rearguard before fly-half Jake Sharp went agonisingly close, dropping the ball as he reached backwards over the line as he was tackled.
Richie Vernon brings Test pedigree to London ScottishBy Neale Harvey Marquee signing Richie Vernon is ready to spearhead London Scottish’s charge for a top six Championship place after quitting Glasgow for a new life. Vernon, 30, was called into Scotland’s Six Nations squad as recently as March but the centre has elected to pursue other career options in London instead. Converted back rower Vernon told The Rugby Paper: “I didn’t get anywhere near the opportunities I’d have liked at Glasgow last season so it’s time to move.
” Refusing to go overboard about his team’s cup form but showing satisfaction at positive progress, Richards said: “For our first game over at Jersey we told the boys to drip-feed their way into the match, and in hindsight we were wrong to hold them back in that way. We brought a much more attacking outlook for our subsequent two games and were rewarded with more than 50 points in each of those performances. “It just goes to show we should have given the boys full licence to go and play right from the start of the first game over in Jersey, but at least we’ve learned the lesson early on in the season. “The more that we stick to our shape and our style, the more teams will struggle to play against us. We’ve just got to have the confidence and the persistence to really go for it, and it’s playing how we want to play rather than worrying about other sides.
” Meanwhile, Vernon is convinced Scotland are on a fast-track to become Six Nations and World Cup challengers under boss Gregor Townsend. He said: “Gregor’s got a blueprint of how he wants the team to play and some of their attacking rugby is fantastic. They’ve got a good blend of youth and experience and the next challenge for Scotland is to be consistent. “A couple of times during the Six Nations they got overpowered a bit, but to blood so many youngsters on tour this summer has been brilliant and beating Argentina shows the impact Gregor has been making.
A loose Scottish pass then put them under heavy pressure in their 22, with Hartpury pouncing on the loose ball and making hard yards through hooker Will Tanner, flanker Mat Gilbert, lock Rhys Oakley and prop Rupert Harden as they patiently punched holes in the middle. Oakley and flanker Rob Langley almost made it over as the visitors eventually worked the ball wider and their reward was a Perry penalty on 38 minutes, but a swift Scottish reply through Sharp cut the deficit to 10-6 at half-time. Scottish started the second half on the front foot with lovely hands opening up the Hartpury defence; Mosses, Sharp and Fraser Lyle all impressing with their offloads before scrum-half Ed Hoadley scrambled over amid a pile-up in the corner.
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Sharp converted for the hosts to lead 13-10. Hartpury take on Rotherham at the scrum Langley saved the day with a great turnover after Scottish winger Rob Stevenson went on a dangerous break and the Hartpury 22 was breached but the visitors then lost the ball forward after a scything break from Eves followed by quick hands from scrum-half Callum Braley set a solid attacking platform. The visitors launched a fresh surge through Dyer, Sheldon and centre George Boulton but they were again profligate with the penalty opportunity. Having plundered the ball, Scottish should have made the most of the unexpected booty but although Hoadley and full-back Charlie Ingall both looked odds on to score, they were twice thwarted by unforced errors – an all too frequent feature of this scrappy, somewhat staccato affair.
Last gasp Mike Wilcox try earns Hartpury victory over London The visitors had the chance to turn the screw as they won a penalty line-out metres from the Scottish line five minutes later and number
” Vernon added: “I’d always envisaged playing until I was 33 or 35 but I’ve made the decision early because you get to a stage where you see how precarious it can be with injuries and you need to prepare for life after that. “Coming back from an Achilles injury the year before last brought that home to me and, having done a degree in investment management, that’s something I’m really interested in and I’ll be working in London for Aberdeen Standard. “The body feels good, I’m in really good shape and I’ll try to make an impact at Scottish.
Team news: Robinson skipper at London ScottishSean Robinson scoring against Doncaster in Championship Cup action Friday 11 October 2019 Sean Robinson captains Newcastle Falcons in Saturday’s Greene King IPA Championship season opener at London Scottish. Robinson leads an unbeaten Falcons side who have won all three of their Championship Cup games, defeating Jersey (8-21), Doncaster (57-0) and Hartpury (14-52). Director of rugby Dean Richards has made eight changes to the side which ran in eight tries at Hartpury last time out, Adam Radwan and Sinoti Sinoti returning on the wings. George Wacokecoke starts in the centres after scoring four tries in three games so far this season, Toby Flood returning at fly-half. In the pack Jamie Blamire comes in at hooker after impressing in cup action, Mike Daniels starting at tight-head while skipper Robinson returns to the second row.
Scottish international Gary Graham is rotated back into the back row for the 3pm kick-off, Falcons boss Richards being clear from the outset that promotion back to the Premiership is the stated goal for the season. “It’s our first league game, the opening block of cup rugby is behind us now and it’s all about getting the points we need to finish top of the league, ” said Richards, who has won the Championship title at the first attempt with both Newcastle and Harlequins. “There’s absolutely no reason why we should expect to go through the season unbeaten because we’re going to encounter some really hard tests along the way, and it’s just about getting as many points on the board as we can to be at the top of the tree come the end of the year.
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“London Scottish have a reasonably strong scrum, an experienced back row and hard-running centres. They’re a team who are reasonably well drilled and don’t throw too many boys in at the breakdown, so they’ll have a big defensive line. They’ll be a hard team to break down as a result of that, and they’re not far off being a Premiership-standard team when you have a good look at them. “On their day they can be incredibly good, and we have to have cool heads in terms of how we deal with what we bring to the game. Toby Flood’s experience at ten will be vital for us, Sam Stuart at scrum-half has been going really well the last couple of years for us and we’ll need all of that ability in key positions. Allied to that we have some great youngsters in guys like Tom Penny, Simon Uzokwe and George Wacokecoke, and there’s a good balance there.
“The big decision was whether to retire or whether I’ve got another year left in me, but I had some great conversations with (rugby director) Dave Morris and chairman Malcolm Offord at London Scottish and realised I could add my experience. “Importantly, I’ll do a couple of days each week working in the City alongside my rugby and the move ticked a lot of boxes. I’m looking forward to the challenge and want to enjoy playing at what is still a really good level.
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