Hooker Dave Cherry has told his London Scottish team-mates players to take the positives from the 37-13 defeat to table-toppers Bristol last Friday, writes Oli Shapley.

The scoreline was not a true reflection – according to some – of what was an impressive performance from the Scots, who trailed just 16-13 going into the final quarter.

Rotherham are the visitors to the Athletic Ground tomorrow and former Scotland U18s captain Cherry – in his second season at the club since switching from Scottish Premiership side Currie – believes the team’s west country exploits are something to build on.

“We knew going into the game that nullifying the threat of the Bristol forwards would be key, and that was something that we managed to do for the majority of the game,” he said as the exiles go in search of a first Championship win since October.

“We showed good attacking threat both off first phase ball and turn over ball however not frequently enough were the opportunities converted into points.”

He added: “Getting ourselves to within three points with 20 minutes to go showed great character but individual errors and forced offloads cost us possession and ultimately points.

“We can take the positives and look towards Rotherham as a game we will be looking to win in front of our own fans.”