RUGBY: Welsh beat league leaders

Anthony Reynolds scored a try for Welsh against Old Eds
Anthony Reynolds scored a try for Welsh against Old Eds

Alwyn Road side third in table

Midlands 5 West (South)

Rugby Welsh 15

Five Ways Olds Eds 7

Welsh produced their best performance of the season with a well deserved victory over previously undefeated leaders Old Eds.

Welsh were keen to make amends for last week’s defeat, and despite the wet conditions, from the outset took the game to their opponents. Despite being outweighed and smaller, the platform for the Welsh victory came from the forwards.

Hooker Wayne Grant combined well with Roche and Higham who dominated the lineout whilst the scrummage was solid throughout with Chris Parkinson again performing well at prop.

With the benefit of the wind Welsh dominated the first half and were quickly ahead with a Guy Shaw penalty. The forwards drove their opponents back with impressive drives and Old Eds gave away numerous penalties as they struggled to gain any possession. Welsh increased their when a long floated pass from Buckland enabled winger Anthony Reynolds to score an unconverted try in the corner.

Shortly afterwards, following further forward pressure scrumhalf Wilson created the opportunity for Adam Bond to score a try in the corner which Wilson excellently converted. Welsh were now in complete control and only a last ditch interception from the Old Eds full back prevented another score following a break from Buckland leaving Welsh with a 15-point half-time lead.

Old Eds tried to change their game plan in the second half and tried to move the ball wide when they gained possession to try and get their quick backs into the contest. However the whole Welsh team defended well with Mawby impressive in the backrow whilst Buckland, Taylor and Bond tackled superbly in the back line to prevent Old Eds from developing any momentum.

The Welsh forwards continued to generally dominate proceedings although Old Eds eventually reduced the gap with a counter attack converted try with 15 minutes left. However, this was the last opportunity they managed to create as Welsh camped in into the opposition half for the rest of the contest to secure a well earned victory.

This was a whole team performance, enjoyed by the watching VPs, with the players coming off the bench all performing well and the signs are looking promising for a successive season for Rugby Welsh.