RUGBY: Hosts impress in Welsh friendly fixture

Try scorer Adam Bond
Try scorer Adam Bond

Second half cut short after nasty injury

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Matty Richards in action for Rugby Welsh last year

Matty Richards in action for Rugby Welsh last year

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Welsh travelled to Leicester for this friendly fixture and came up against a well organised side who deserved their victory, built around an impressive first half performance.

In blustery conditions Welsh played against the wind and large slope in the first half and immediately came under pressure. Athletic played a good brand of rugby based around a strong scrummage and half back backs who read the game well.

Welsh struggled at the set pieces and Athletic ran some strong lines which sucked in the defence to open up opportunities for their quick backs. Welsh defended manfully for long periods with back row men Lorenzo, Daniels and Higham putting in a number of tackles whilst Taylor and Buckland defended well in midfield. George Lowe impressed at full back as he coped well under the high ball.

However the constant pressure and rarely being out of their own half led to a number of chances for Athletic and eventually the pressure began to tell. During the first half they scored five unconverted tries and could have been further ahead if Bond and Anthony Reynolds had not made try- saving tackles.

As the half ended Welsh began to get into the game more and began to create problems for the home defence. However in the last minute of the half the influential Matty Richards suffered a dislocated elbow injury and all of the club wish him a speedy recovery. The game was stopped for a long period as he was dealt with by the ambulance team and the second half was reduced to 30 minutes with uncontested scrums.

Athletic immediately scored converted try and under the circumstances it would have been easy for Welsh heads to completely drop. However for the rest of the contest they competed well.

Adam Bond scored a deserved try well converted by Angus Wilson. Buckland and Taylor were unlucky not to score following strong line breaks whilst Keith Cooper showed up well on his first game of rugby in numerous years.

Welsh hope their growing injury list will have improved for this week’s league game at Trinity Guild.