LONDON Scottish gave Ealing Trailfinders an early warning of the enormity of the task that lies ahead with a comfortable win on the opening day of the season.
Phil Chesters (pictured) posted the club's first try in the Championship, but the Scottish always carried the greater menace and bagged five tries.
Mike Cudmore's newly-promoted side have plenty of time to get things right in rugby union's second tier, and will need it to give a much changed squad time to gel and find its feet.
Ealing's first foray into this league carried only a modicum of fanfare. The crowd at Allianz Park – home of the Saracens - numbered only a few hundred at kick-off and although the men from Vallis Way had the superior vocal support, the Scottish had a lone bagpipe player to rally to their cause.
Under the slate grey skies it felt as much Scottish lowlands as west London and perhaps that was an omen for the men in green and white. Long before the finish, some tired players would have been despearte to hear the final whistle.
Andy Hall had the honour of posting Trailfinders' first points in the higher division with a kick from near the touchline on the Scots' 10m line in the opening moments and the full-back was also unerring with another less demanding kick after 15 minutes.
So impressive and confident was he that in the second half, he even attempted a penalty from 5m inside his own half and was only just wide.
But in between Hall's first half penalties, the Scottish served notice of their powers – a more assertive pack gaining plenty of yards and a swift inside pass allowing Miles Mantella to cross the line. Dan Newton converted.
There was a second try for the established Championship side before the interval when no8 Mark Bright skipped down the line and offloaded for Mike Doneghan. Newton again made no mistake with the extras and it was 17-6 at the break.
It was perhaps inevitable that try machine Chesters should post the first try of what Ealing hope will be a brave new era, scampering down the left flank on the synthetic 4G surface.
It was a great moment for him personally, having recently recovered from a skull fracture sustained in a freak road accident. It was also a great moment for the club, regardless of the final result.
But after Hall had succeeded with another touchline conversion to bring it back to four points, Newton responded with a penalty to re-establish a seven point gap.
And when sub Jordi Pasqualin scampered through to grab another try for the Scottish, Ealing found themselves out of bonus point territory. More pressure saw them yield another penalty and Newton took it to 30-13 with a simple kick in front of the posts.
The tide was becoming inexorable as Scottish sought the fourth, bonus point try and sub Conor Carey was yellow card for one too many indiscretions.
Inevitably the fourth converted try came, Joe Trayfoot finishing off as Scottish hammered at the tryline and there was still time for him to punish an increasingly ragged defence with his second. Newton again did not miss.