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London Scottish ensured the Greene King IPA Championship relegation tussle between Jersey and Ealing Trailfinders will go down to the wire after beating the islanders 25-17 at St Peter's this afternoon.

London Scottish ensured the Greene King IPA Championship relegation tussle between Jersey and Ealing Trailfinders will go down to the wire after beating the islanders 25-17 at St Peter’s this afternoon.

In the penultimate round of Championship matches, Scottish proved too strong for their hosts who missed what could turn out to be a vital penalty kick with the last play of the game which denied them a losing bonus point.


The teams were level at 10 points apiece at the interval but two tries early in the second half for London Scottish ultimately won them the game and leaves Jersey bottom of the table going into the final round of matches next weekend.

Credit must go to James Buckland’s side who left the field battered and bruised having put everything into a contest which meant little in terms of league placings with London Scottish already guaranteed to finish the season in fifth place.

Jersey stand-off Aaron Penberthy kicked the hosts into an early 3-0 lead through a penalty before Scottish began to dominate both territory and possession.

After securing a scrum right on the Jersey line, referee Darren Gamage lost patience with the home pack, awarding Scottish a penalty try midway through the half, following three consecutive infringements at the set piece.

A fine break by Andy Reay moments later almost saw Mike Doneghan go in under the posts but the winger was turned over and the chance was squandered.

Jersey came more into the game towards the end of the half as Scottish were dealt a blow when Mike Doneghan (temporary blood injury) and Tomas Francis (concussion) left the field.

The islanders took advantage, regaining the lead thanks to an opportunist try by scrum-half Nicholas Griffiths who picked up a loose ball, which shot out the side of a ruck, before darting in under the sticks.

Penberthy’s conversion made it 10-7 but immediately from the restart Jersey conceded a penalty which allowed Lee Millar to levels matters up at the break.

Doneghan came back on at the start of the second half but hooker Adam Kwasnicki limped off to be replaced by Tedd Stagg.

The replacement’s impact was immediate. From a powerful line-out drive, Mark Bright offloaded to Stagg who burrowed his way over from close range.

Newton kicked the extras to move the visitors into a 17-10 lead.

It got even better for the Scots on 53 minutes when Miles Mantella went over for his 17th league try of the season in the left hand corner after a fine break by full-back Jim Thompson who was making his 50th appearance for the club.

Scrapping for their Championship lives, Jersey were not going down without a fight and a period of pressure was rewarded when replacement centre Drew Locke touched down, getting on the end of fly half Penberthy’s neat grubber kick into the dead goal area.

Penberthy’s conversion from straight in front brought Jersey to within five points of Scottish at 22-17.

Millar missed a penalty for the visitors soon after but made no mistake with a second effort from inside his own half which gave his side an eight point cushion with two minutes left.  

In the final minute Penberthy had a chance to rescue a losing bonus point for Jersey but his fairly routine penalty kick drifted wide, much to bewilderment of the shell-shocked home support.

This defeat coupled with Ealing’s late bonus point win at Plymouth means Jersey are rooted to the bottom of the Championship with one round of matches remaining.

Listen to Head Coach James Buckland’s post-match interview here.

Former Scotland coach Andy Robinson brings his title chasing Bristol side to the Athletic Ground next Saturday, April 26, 3pm kick-off.

A large crowd is expected for this game, London Scottish’s final match of the season as the hosts look to secure victory over Bristol for the first time since promotion back to England’s second tier.

Hospitality is sold out but match tickets can be bought at the gate on the day, online here, or by calling the ticket office on 020 3397 9551.

London Scottish: 15; Jim Thompson; 14, Mike Doneghan; 13, Lee Millar; 12, Andy Reay; 11; Miles Mantella; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Sam Stuart; 1, Eric Fry; 2, Adam Kwasnicki; 3, Tomas Francis; 4, Tyler Hotson; 5, Dave Lyons; 6, Neil Best; 7, Matt Everard; 8; Mark Bright (c).

Used Replacements: 18; Lewis Thiede; 16, Tedd Stagg; 17, Jamie Kilbane; 21, Dante Mama (blood replacement).

Unused Replacements: 19, Tommy Spinks; 20, Jordi Pasqualin; 22, Pete Homan.

Tries: Penalty Try, Stagg, Mantella.

Conversions: Newton (2).

Penalties: Millar (2).

Sin-binned: Andy Reay

Jersey: 15, Jack Burroughs; 14, Mark McCrea; 13, Grant Pointer; 12, David Bishop; 11, Ed Dawson; 10, Aaron Penberthy; 9, Nicky Griffiths; 1, Sam Lockwood; 2, Elvis Taione; 3, Nick Selway; 4, Nick Campbell; 5, James Voss; 6, Alex Rae (c); 7, Ryan Hodson; 8, Ben Maidment.

Used Replacments: 22, Drew Locke; 18, Jon Brennan; 19, Dave Markham; 20, Joe Buckle; 21, Jimmy Williams; 17, Sean McCarthy.

Unused Replacements: 16, Luke Stratford.

Tries:Griffiths, Locke.

Conversions: Penberthy (2)

Penalties: Penberthy

Sin-binned: Alex Rae

Referee Darren Gamage

Assistant referees Gareth Holsgrove and Darryl Chapman.

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