Consecutive draws for Welwyn RFC

PUBLISHED: 09:45 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:45 29 October 2015

Karl Smith attacks for Welwyn

Karl Smith attacks for Welwyn

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Welwyn played out a second consecutive draw after a 20-20 clash away at Harpenden on Saturday.

Josh Kirby for WelwynJosh Kirby for Welwyn

Following the 26-26 encounter against Old Haberdashers last time out it was poor decision-making that prevented Welwyn benefitting from a prevailing performance at Harpenden.

The game saw the Hobbs Way side lose possession too many times to produce a win.

In their fifth league game of the season, Welwyn travelled to Harpenden without regular first team players Rob Picken, Harry Gillespie, Yourgos Alexander and Jono Child and they could have come away with a five point win.

Instead, they had to settle for the draw as mistakes were abundant throughout the game into points.

Welwyn’s attacking game continues to improve each week with runners coming late into the line well, while the defence took a big step up from recent weeks, with good line speed from the inside, coupled with good communication and lateral movement.

Welwyn pressurised the home side virtually every time they went through multiple phases of possession and often looked like creating scoring opportunities.

However, repetitive turn-overs from offloads that were forced or from ball lost in contact, resulted in a stop-start game with too many scrummages even for the purist.

Harpenden made good use of the Welwyn mistakes as both sides scored three tries in a game where the score changed hands five times.

Welwyn tries came from Phil Grehan, Tom Le Baigue and Karl Smith, while Grehan also kicked a penalty and a conversion.

There is no league game on Saturday because of the Rugby World Cup final, but the following week Welwyn welcome HAC to Hobbs Way for a 2pm kick-off.


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