London Scottish 42-13 Ealing Trailfinders

Ealing Trailfinders will be glad to see the back of London Scottish after suffering their third defeat of the season at the hands of the Richmond club.

The Scottish punctured Ealing's optimism on the opening day of the Championship campaign with a heavy win at neutral Allianz Park and repeated the medicine at Vallis Way in November.

And even with the firmer surface that Ealing prefer, their opponents had way too much for them at Old Deer Park, running in six tries.

For all that, Ealing got off to a dream start with an interception try from Andrew Henderson after nine minutes.

The full-back stole the ball as it was being fed down the line inside the Ealing 22 and he had a clear run to the posts – Scottish winger Miles Mantella not managing to catch him up until he had reached the tryline. Tom Wheatcroft was just short with the conversion from out wide.

But the Scottish were soon back on the attack and a penalty kicked to the corner flag set up a forwards push and try for their skipper – no8 Mark Bright.

James Love, who had missed an early penalty, made no mistake with the close-range conversion, Ealing regained the lead with a 40m Wheatcroft penalty in their next venture over the halfway line, but the pressure was soon back on, with the Scottish so confident of finding their way through that they spurned penalty kicks at goal to load up the close-range line-outs.

And when Ealing captain Adam Preocanin was sin-binned for the last 10 minutes of the half, it was almost inevitable that another home try would follow and centre Love duly obliged, finishing off a move down the right flank and then adding the extras.

Then Mantella – who tormented Ealing in that opening day mauling - cut through some flailing tacklers to dot down try number three. Love again converted to make it 21-8 at the interval.

Hopes of clawing their way back into it were not helped by two Wheatcroft penalties either side of the break and after a quarter where nothing much happened, the Scots grabbed their bonus point try. Love was again on the end of a move along the line inside the Ealing 22 and he was again flawless with his angled conversion.

Scottish saw no reason to change a winning formula and another penalty into the corner followed by a line-out and forwards drive gave Bright another converted try to make it 35-8.

There was some consolation when a kick through by Tom Bedford allowed Billy Robinson to scamper through unopposed.

But the Scottish had the last word with the try of the match from Mantella following a break-out from within their own 22. It was the culmination of some great handling and support which bamboozled the retreating Ealing defenders.


Line-up: Henderson, Wardingley, Kinloch, Wheatcroft, Robinson, Beiggery, Andersondford, Parker, Neville, Radoi, Brockett, Pape, Merrick, Preocanin, Siggery, Anderson. Bench: Crumpton, Marfo, Carey, Curry, Hocking, Thompson, Hall.