Ealing Trailfinders 10-36 London Scottish


Another whole-hearted effort from Ealing Trailfinders came to nothing as London Scottish inflicted a ninth straight defeat.

There was at least a try to savour – and there have not been too many of those of late – while the mantra about continued improvement did not ring hollow.

This was nothing like the opening day of the season at the Allianz double-header when Ealing looked out of their depth against the Scottish.

But the fact remains that points remain elusive for them.

The Green & Whites badly needed to prove to themselves - as much as to London Scottish - that they have greatly improved since the last clash between the sides.

But they were on the back foot from the word go with the early sin-binning of hooker Sam Wilkes and soon in the familiar role of having to make tackles galore to keep the confident visitors out.

The constant probing eventually told, with fly-half Dan Newton kicking out wide to the left for Neil Best to crash over for the opening try.

The spring in the Scottish step was understandable, given they arrived on the back of a win against Leeds, but Ealing did not allow themselves to be steam-rollered after their early setback.

Even so, only one of the two teams threatened the try-line in the first half and it was no real surprise when the busy Newton fed centre Oliver Grove for try number two just before the interval. Newton's conversion made it 12-0.

Ben Ward replied with a penalty before the break to at least keep the home side's hopes up, but after an even start to the second half, Newton re-established the 12-point advantage after a long kick for touch from full-back Andrew Henderson went out on the full, inviting Scottish into an attacking position.

Ward drifted another penalty wide and the door effectively closed shut when no8 Mark Bright – the visitors' Kiwi skipper – powered over from the back of the scrum on the hour. Newton added the extras to make it 22-3.

An interception on half way gave wing Miles Mantella an unopposed run to the posts for the bonus point try not long after.

Trailfinders badly need a try to salvage a bit of pride and they were rewarded for their undeniable heart when centre Chris Kinloch managed to find an angle to the line and Ward converted.

But Mantella had the last word with a fifth Scottish try in the corner and Lee Millar bisected the posts with a fine angled conversion to seal a comfortable win.