Welwyn Colts through to semis

PUBLISHED: 18:55 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

WELWYN RFC Colts will play Fullerians in the semi-final of the Herts Shield after beating Hemel Hempstead in the quarters on Sunday. The Colts are now just one game away from the Shield final after their 18-17 home win at the weekend. Hemel took advantage

WELWYN RFC Colts will play Fullerians in the semi-final of the Herts Shield after beating Hemel Hempstead in the quarters on Sunday.

The Colts are now just one game away from the Shield final after their 18-17 home win at the weekend.

Hemel took advantage in the first half as Welwyn conceded territory and possession to the visitors early on.

Coupled with poor tackling, this allowed Hemel to score two tries and go into a 10-0 lead.

Only just before half-time did Welwyn come back into the game, but they squandered their chances by turning over the ball.

Being 10 points behind at the break, Welwyn had it all to do in the second period.

After making substitutions at the interval they looked a far better proposition in the second period and improved their game.

Good ball handling in the wet conditions soon put pressure on Hemel, resulting in a penalty kicked by James Lynch to reduce the deficit.

Welwyn were soon back in their opponents' 22 after the restart.

From a lineout near the Hemel line, No 8 Nick Andrew took the catch and with the help of the forwards scored a try in the corner to reduce the deficit to two points.

Shortly after the restart Welwyn worked the blindside from a ruck on halfway.

Centre Max Cheater released back rower Tom Jankowski.

His run drew the Hemel full-back and he passed on to winger Scott Clewlow, who went over for a try.

These points put Welwyn in front for the first time in the game at 13-10.

The forwards continued to dominate and following good ruck ball the backs had a man over with winger Dominic Wright scoring in the corner to extend the lead to 18-10.

With minutes remaining Hemel managed a breakaway try, which was converted to finalise the score at 18-17 to the Welwyn outfit.


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