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Mantella Magic Stuns Nottingham

A hat-trick of second half tries from London Scottish winger Miles Mantella saw Nottingham slip to their second consecutive defeat in the Greene King IPA Championship.

A dour first half saw very little action and Nottingham went in ahead at 6-3 thanks to two Matthew Jarvis penalties.

A yellow card for Scottish's Neil Best just before half time would have seen Nottingham hoping to take advantage as the second half got underway.

However the match continued in the same vein as the first half with very little happening and Best back on the field without having missed very much.

Mantella then got in on the act scoring three excellent tries and it has to be said his performance deserved the scores.  He had been by far the most dangerous player on the field in the previous 50 odd minutes of inaction.

Lee Millar added all three conversions plus two further penalties to give a final score of 27-6 to London Scottish.

Nottingham's Tom Calladine saw yellow late in the game and this was swiftly followed by Neil Best's second yellow and subsequently a red card.

Full Match Report by Andi Starr

A second consecutive defeat saw Nottingham slip to ninth in the Greene King IPA Championship table.

The 27-6 final score at London Scottish slightly flattered the home side as, again, there was little to choose between the sides for much of the game.

In the end it was Scottish who were the more clinical though in what was often a dour battle, with winger Miles Mantella running in a second half hat trick to confirm the win.

An early penalty miss from Lee Millar gave Nottingham the initiative and they hit back to force a penalty for Matt Jarvis to put them in front, only for Millar to make up for his earlier miss to level the scores minutes later.

It remained 3-3 until the interval, but the hosts had Neil Best sin-binned and so began the second half a man short.

A second penalty from Jarvis put Nottingham back in front but it was Scottish who dominated possession and it took some impressive defence to keep them out.

The final quarter saw the hosts pile on the pressure and when Nottingham flanker Tom Calladine was sin-binned it was only a matter of time before that pressure brought results.

Replacement scrum half Jamie Stevenson sent Millar in for the first of his tries, with Millar converting to make it 10-6.

Having already spent time in the sin-bin Best was then sent off, but it didn't seem to make any difference as Scottish ran in an excellent try to extend their lead, a sweeping attack creating space for Mantella to run in his second.

Millar again converted but Nottingham responded with a good spell of pressure as they tried to force their way back into the game.

Another Millar penalty made it 20-6 as the game moved into injury time before Mantella completed his hat trick as he beat the defence to chase a kick through.

Millar completed the scoring with the conversion.


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