Kawea leads the charge as Welwyn find their form again with a demoltion of Hammersmith & Fulham

PUBLISHED: 07:07 12 February 2019

Vetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn.

 Picture: Karyn Haddon

Vetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Welwyn Rugby Club finally ended their poor form and they did it in style too – with a convincing 50-8 win over Hammersmith & Fulham.

Powerful centre Vetaia Kawea bagged a hat trick as Welwyn ran in a total of eight tries at Hobbs Way to pick up a first success in London Two North West since October.

Coach Gareth Hughes said: “The younger players who came into the side were exceptional.

“Tom Emery, Jack Lacey and Liam Walpole grabbed their opportunities really well and we will have some healthy selection decisions to make over the next few games as missing and injured players return.”

The victory was never really in doubt either, even though it was the visitors who were first on the scoreboard with a penalty in front of the posts after five minutes.

But Harry Gillespie opened their account with a scintillating individual effort on 25 minutes.

He picked up the ball 60 metres out and with the usual buzz of expectation emanating from the big crowd, the full-back scythed through a gap before throwing a dummy to winger Dave Fennell and sprinting in to score, Fennell adding the conversion.

Five minutes later another break from inside the Welwyn half, this time from Rob Picken and Fennell allowed Adam Harcourt the chance to score, with Ben Osgood adding the extra this time.

And a third try before the break, Lacey the scorer this time after being set up by Kawea, gave Welwyn a 21-3 lead.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half though belonged to Kawea as punished Hammersmith with his treble, two of which were converted by Osgood.

The visitors’ attempts to stem the tide weren’t helped by two yellow cards, although to their credit they never stopped trying and were rewarded with an unconverted try.

Welwyn, however, had the last word with two more tries, the first by Lacey, his second of the game, and then by the impressive Josh Milton.

Man of the match for the hosts went to flanker Emery who was exceptional in his first league start.

Welwyn will look to keep this form going when they go to Hackney on Saturday.

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