Championship: London Scottish 27-15 Cornish Pirates

By Phil HarlowBBC Sport at Richmond
Cornish Pirates vs London Scottish
London Scottish are 11 points behind Championship leaders Bristol

London Scottish strengthened their grip on a Championship play-off place with a bonus-point win over Cornish Pirates.

The home side's early pressure told when Miles Mantella burst clear of the Pirates defence for the opening score.

They had to wait until the second half for Matt Williams to score their second try but a double from Tom Channon kept the Pirates well in the game.

Williams added his second before Mark Bright's score from a maul sealed the home side's eighth win of the season.

It kept them in third place, six points clear of Nottingham, with the Pirates seventh.

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The Exiles gained an early reward with winger Miles Mantella's pace taking him clear on the overlap.

The Pirates - who lost experienced prop Alan Paver to injury after just two minutes - took their time to get into the match, but Kieran Hallet narrowed the gap with a penalty after their dominance at the scrum paid dividends.

The fly-half then missed a straightforward 40m penalty from in front of the posts, but the Pirates took the lead when Tom Channon burrowed over shortly after the restart after a powerful driving maul.

London Scottish regained the lead when winger Williams finished off a backline move out wide, with the home side beginning to look like a team in play-off contention.

The lead changed hands again when Pirates hooker Channon scored a second try, almost identical to his first, out wide after a kick to the corner was again followed by a driven line-out.

But a one-handed touchline finish of genuine class from Williams gave Scottish a lead they never relinquished, with Bright's try securing the bonus point before a penalty from Dan Newton, who had earlier landed two conversions, added some gloss with the final kick of the match.

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