Success in the Plate for Welwyn boys

PUBLISHED: 15:25 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 26 October 2009

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TRIUMPHANT Welwyn RFC Under-15s capped a great season by winning the final of the Herts County Plate. They brushed aside Bishop s Stortford B 32-10 to claim the silverware. Having beaten Watford, Cheshunt and local rivals Datchworth en route to the final

TRIUMPHANT Welwyn RFC Under-15s capped a great season by winning the final of the Herts County Plate.

They brushed aside Bishop's Stortford B 32-10 to claim the silverware.

Having beaten Watford, Cheshunt and local rivals Datchworth en route to the final, Welwyn were in no mood to lose and put together a demonstration of total rugby orchestrated by captain Tom Attfield and fly-half Dan Watt, who kicked superbly for the whole game.

Welwyn took an early lead as Watt kicked a penalty from outside the 22.

Stortford applied pressure for 10 minutes but were unable to breach the Welwyn defence with strong tackling from Jack Bishop and Al Stride holding them back.

Soon after, Welwyn's Richard Humphries made a vital interception from a poorly placed Stortford kick and was able to sprint the length of the pitch to score a try, which Watt converted.

Midway through the first half Welwyn flanker Eddi Chibundu took a tap penalty, beat the whole Stortford team with a mazy run, only to have his try controversially disallowed.

Stortford took the ball and immediately scored a penalty to bring the score to 10-3.

Last year this would have been a devastating blow to the morale of the Welwyn boys, but they have vastly improved under the coaching of Luke Williams, Matt Rayner and Ron Trim and immediately picked themselves up.

Welwyn were able to win a scrum against the head in the opposition 22, allowing Ollie Di-Lieto to take the ball and storm through the opposition defence for the second try duly converted by Watt.

Stortford applied pressure on the Welwyn line at the start of the second half but were held off by ferocious tackling by Adam Sherlock, who did not miss a tackle all day.

A series of penalties eventually enabled Stortford to gain territory and they were able to push over for a converted try.

Once again Welwyn responded as Watt started to control the game.

His accurate kicking, coupled with the pace of wingers Ryan Breeze and Oliver Trim, enabled Welwyn to keep Stortford pinned into their own 22.

The pressure told as Watt slotted a penalty and five minutes later Chris Kemp was able to collect his own chip to score under the posts. Watt added the extras.

From a scrum, the Welwyn backs were then able to get the ball to Colin Parker, who surged towards the line, only to be denied a try by a last-ditch Stortford tackle.

However, Ollie Di-Lieto picked the ball up from the back of the ruck and powered over for his second and Welwyn's fourth try.

Welwyn totally dominated play for the final 10 minutes, with subs Cieran Lee, Joe Bayliss and Luke Schroder working hard to guarantee the win.


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