The league is our main focus this season says Welwyn coach

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:01 26 November 2015

New Welwyn rugby coach Jon Chinn

New Welwyn rugby coach Jon Chinn


Despite lifting last season’s Herts President Tankard under previous coach Ian Matthews, successor Jon Chinn has made his intentions clear that league glory is his main objective this camapign.

Welywn travel to in-form London 3NW side Hemel Hempstead, who boast four straight wins, this Saturday in the President’s Tankard first round with a chance of making the last eight of the competition.

However, having suffered two league defeats in their past three games, including last Saturday’s home loss to second-placed Fullerians, Chinn is focussed on the league for now.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Chinn said: “A cup run is always nice but it is not high on our list of targets.

“We are concentrating on the league and that has to be our main aim this season.

“If we could follow up last year’s promotion with another that will be more satisfying for the club so we will strive to make that happen.”

Welwyn slipped back into the middle of the London 2NW pack after suffering this disappointing defeat to Fullerians.

With a howling wind not making things easy, the visitors had the assistance in the opening half and took full advantage, scoring all of their 22 points.

A combination of defensive mistakes and poor positioning allowed Fullerians, who were promoted up to 2NW with Welwyn back in April, to forge a strong advantage that Chinn’s men could not overturn despite a valiant effort in the second period.

Phil Grehan grabbed Welwyn’s opening try to reduce the arrears to 17 points and a penalty try, converted by Grehan, left the home side with a sniff of a comeback.

As it was, Fullerians hung on despite the wind to condemn Welwyn to a third defeat of the season.

Chinn continued: “It was not a performance you would say you were especially unhappy about but there were positives so we aren’t completely deflated by this one.

“Our line-outs were very good which helped us keep possession at some key points of the game but then our defensive organisation let us down which cost us.

“We long for consistency but that will come soon I am sure.”

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