Gallery: Gregory's tries slay Welsh
PUBLISHED: 11:55 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009
WELWYN S Under-16s beat their London Welsh counterparts 28-5. The Welwyn boys looked relaxed as they scored four tries against Welsh at the London club s ground in Chiswick. However, the match turned out to be much closer than the scoreline suggests, wit
WELWYN'S Under-16s beat their London Welsh counterparts 28-5.
The Welwyn boys looked relaxed as they scored four tries against Welsh at the London club's ground in Chiswick.
However, the match turned out to be much closer than the scoreline suggests, with the league's bottom side being allowed to defend for long periods of time without conceding points and earning a consolation try at the end.
Welwyn made good use of a strong breeze in the first half, with a clinical collection of the kick-off speedily dispatched from the boot of James Reilly at fly-half to the home side's 22.
With Owain James winning over 90 per cent of Welwyn's own lineout ball and about half of London Welsh's throws, the visitors were able to use the touchline effectively.
From this lineout position, No 8 Carl Lewis set up a drive from the back of the lineout and Welwyn spun the ball down the line to Ben Gregory at outside centre.
Gregory's pace took him over for the simplest of tries.
At this stage Welwyn's team and touchline believed that a bumper score was going to materialise.
Instead, London Welsh refused to lie down, and despite winning very little ball, their rush defence made the Welwyn back-line work for everything and from the set scrum they repeatedly attacked in midfield.
Welwyn's centre pairing of James Smith and Gregory showed some pretty robust tackling and aided by the omnipresent James Henson and Alex Tenn at seven and six, it became clear that the way through was not in the middle.
The forwards provided a good amount of ball and Welwyn only occasionally got the whole line moving, but winger Kieran Bate and new full-back Ken Ross enjoyed the opportunity when it did arise.
Eventually, the Welwyn players found the gaps and showed a tantalising glimpse of their full potential and two further pacy tries from Gregory and one from Reilly sealing the game.
All four tries were converted by Tim Wilson, whose utility abilities meant that he put in a half at scrum-half and another out on the wing.
Wilson's excellent handling under the high ball helped earn him the man-of-the-match award.