Welwyn boys trounce Hemel

PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

Ben Gregory on his wat to his hat-trick of tries

Ben Gregory on his wat to his hat-trick of tries

WELWYN Under-16s certainly had a spring in their step as they hammered Hemel Hempstead 51-0 with an explosive display. With revenge their motivation, the Welwyn boys ran in nine unanswered tries. James Reilly s side wanted to restore pride after a narrow

Captain James Reilly runs in a try

WELWYN Under-16s certainly had a spring in their step as they hammered Hemel Hempstead 51-0 with an explosive display.

With revenge their motivation, the Welwyn boys ran in nine unanswered tries.

James Reilly's side wanted to restore pride after a narrow defeat earlier in the season and a half century of points seemed the right response.

Three tries for paceman Ben Gregory at centre led the way.

The Welwyn pack were dominant

Captain and fly-half Reilly also crossed the white line twice and there were four scores shared among back-rowers Alex Harris, Alex Tenn and Carl Lewis and new recruit Ben Schults on the wing.

Welwyn put a lot of pressure on the Hemel forwards. Adam Proud, Jon Morgan and Lewis were very aggressive in the loose and Welwyn collected a lot of ball at the breakdown.

In the set, Welwyn had too much strength and height with Freddy Hickson at prop and Owain James at lock.

This resulted in a good supply of ball from all set-pieces, meaning Welwyn could run their moves in the backs.

Harry Atkinson also had more time on the ball at scrum-half and played exceptionally well, both in moving the ball out quickly and in sniping runs at the fringes.

In the end it was a tale of two halves, with Welwyn's enthusiasm leading to two early tries.

Hemel responded well and pegged Welwyn back in their own half for 15 minutes as the Hobbs Way lads seemed to take their foot of the accelerator somewhat.

However, Welwyn decided to restore the energy levels in the second.

They also welcomed back Sam Richardson and Alex Harris from neck injuries and both played an active part in the game and demonstrated good levels of speed and aggression in the loose.

Kieran Cooper, also back from a long lay-off, looked back to his best in the centre with a number of key line breaks and he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

The end result showed there is a good spirit in the Hobbs Way team and there will be healthy competition for places over the coming weeks as they shape up for the remaining league games against Ruislip and Teddington.

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