Welwyn prove too strong for London New Zealand

PUBLISHED: 17:49 08 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:51 08 October 2013

Welwyn Rugby Club

Welwyn Rugby Club


Welwyn bounced back from their first defeat of the league season last weekend with a comfortable triumph at home to London New Zealand.

A solid Welwyn scrum five metres from the line was driving forward when London New Zealand played the ball while it was still in the scrum. The referee awarded a penalty try which Pat Lynch converted to give Welwyn a 7-0 lead with 12 minutes of the game gone.

A few minutes later London New Zealand got on the scoreboard with a long range penalty kick.

With 25 minutes of the game gone a good drive from a Welwyn scrum resulted in Dave Wells touching down. Lynch converted and the score stood at 14-3.

A quick tapped penalty by man of the match Harry Gillespie allowed him to scamper under the posts - Lynch converted and Welwyn went into half-time with a 21-3 lead.

London New Zealand started the second half in determined fashion and after five minutes a slick move by their backs saw them score a converted try.

Gillespie, with Jamie Humphries in support, galloped up the field to score his second try of the match, which Lynch converted to give Welwyn a 28-10 lead and a bonus point for scoring four tries.

London New Zealand added to their tally with another long range penalty. The referee had warned Welwyn for infringing at the rucks and had no choice but to yellow card Chris Sloan when his patience ran out, so Welwyn were down to 14 men for 10 minutes.

Soon afterwards Carl Lewis passed the ball out to Gillespie who put Cunnah in for a lovely try under the posts.

Lynch again added the conversion and with 25 minutes gone Welwyn had a comfortable 35-13 lead.

Five minutes later Cunnah again showed his pace and romped up the pitch for an unconverted try and a 40-13 lead.

Just before the end, Welwyn’s strength showed and some lovely inter-passing amongst the forwards resulted in Josh Hewitt crashing over for the final try of the match. Lynch again converted and the whistle went with a well-earned 47-13 victory to Welwyn.

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