Welwyn earn their Danish bacon

PUBLISHED: 17:29 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Welwyn 45 Aarhus RK 7 WELWYN beat Danish tourists Aarhus RK 45-7 in a friendly on Saturday with James Merivale grabbing three tries. In a break from the tension of a cup or league fixture, Welwyn were able to relax and throw the ball around. Coach Peter

Welwyn 45 Aarhus RK 7

WELWYN beat Danish tourists Aarhus RK 45-7 in a friendly on Saturday with James Merivale grabbing three tries.

In a break from the tension of a cup or league fixture, Welwyn were able to relax and throw the ball around.

Coach Peter Engledow rested a number of first choice players and brought in youngsters.

Rory Page, Chris Bulmer, Ben Crouch, Richard Stokes and Josh Libberton all featured, while James Coughlan and Tom Jankowski returned after injuries.

The rather unfamiliar look of the team was completed by Merivale, who was making his second appearance for the club.

Aarhus' forward pack proved to be a useful unit.

They made a lot of ground throughout the game through well controlled rucks and mauls.

However, Welwyn's first try set the pattern of the game.

After a series of forward drives had taken them up to the Welwyn 22, Aarhus lost control of the ball near the touchline.

Winter and Gareth Hughes moved it quickly to Peter Elliott in midfield and he then broke up the middle of the pitch.

On the halfway line he kicked for the corner where Luke Williams collected and scored.

Welwyn increased their lead by grabbing another try from a similar position with Jon Child going over and then Hughes converted to extend the lead.

Hughes at outside half used his experience to vary the tactics, either releasing the ball to his centres or kicking into open spaces for his backs to chase.

The next try came from a well placed kick deep inside his own half.

It was chased and ended with Merivale getting the try which Hughes again converted.

Welwyn were now running every bit of possession with forwards and backs handling well.

For the last try of the first half Child made a break from halfway and finished himself. Hughes converted.

Aarhus were on the scoresheet early in the second period.

Their right wing collected a kick forward and scored between the posts. The conversion was successful.

Welwyn immediately made amends, scoring another try from a move that began in their 22.

The ball was shifted to Coughlan, who danced around several would-be tacklers to score Welwyn's fifth try. Williams converted.

Despite a long period of pressure, Aarhus

were unable to add to their score.

Merivale scored his second try after a long run by Child.

Minutes later he completed his hat-trick after a clever pass from Hughes, who then converted to complete the scoring.

Welwyn are back in league action on Saturday when they travel to Eton Manor searching for the London 2N points.

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