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London Scottish 42 - 12 Esher RFC

Esher crossed the white-wash twice on Saturday but were outshone by a clinical London Scottish side, losing 42-12.

Having narrowly lost 10-5 a fortnight ago to Cross Keys, Esher were looking to build on some of their positives in attack before their first home game against Cinderford on September 6th.

Scottish were the first to draw blood at the Old Atheltic Ground in Richmond. South African born Errie Claassens touching down in the seventh minute to put the London side 5-0 up, with the extras slotted by Peter Lydon.

After the first score a frustrating series of penalties and Esher indiscipline resulted in prop Ben Featherstone sent to the bin for ten minutes. 

Continued Scottish pressure lead to an attacking line out against the E's and Mike Doneghan went over in the corner, Lydon once again adding the conversion giving Scottish a 14-0 lead.

Three minutes before half time Doneghan got his second collecting a grubber kick to once again score in the corner, and once again, Lydon dissected the posts bringing the score to 21-0.

Moments into the second half Scottish pounced once again, making the most of a mistake from the men in Black and Amber as centre Oli Grove slid over next to the posts, leaving it an easy conversion for fly-half Dan Newton.

Scottish scored their last two tries on the 58th and 62nd minute, the first a penalty try for a high tackle on the try-line, and the second from turnover ball on the E's line allowing winger Miles Mantella to dot down.

Newton converted both tries to take Scottish into a 42-0 lead with almost a quarter of the game still to go.

However, Esher rallied together to score two tries in the last ten minutes. 

Brandan Walker utilised a powerful drive by the Esher pack to break through the Scottish line and score. Andy Garner converted to trail Scottish 42-7.

Straight from kick off Esher's wingers Spencer Sutherland and Paul Olima combined to put the later over for another try. The conversion missed but Esher had scored two tries in quick succession.

The visitors continued to look strong in the final moments of the game but the damage had been done.

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