Welwyn slip to final defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:01 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

London Two North Ruislip 34 Welwyn 29 WELWYN fell to a 34-29 defeat at Ruislip in their final game of the season on Saturday. The Hobbs Way club, who last week secured their London Two North status for next term, put on a good display despite the result.

London Two North

Ruislip 34 Welwyn 29

WELWYN fell to a 34-29 defeat at Ruislip in their final game of the season on Saturday.

The Hobbs Way club, who last week secured their London Two North status for next term, put on a good display despite the result.

The away side went ahead after eight minutes thanks to a Gareth Hughes penalty.

Soon after Welwyn were 10-0 up when centre Dean Storah touched down and then Hughes converted.

The home side started to exert pressure and gradually moved the ball forward.

With the run of play, the hosts scored an unconverted try halfway out on the left.

A Ruislip move down the left wing soon afterwards was snuffed out by an excellent cover tackle by Jon Child.

But Welwyn were penalised and Ruislip put the ball into touch on the five metre line.

Gaining possession from the lineout, the forwards drove the ball over for a try halfway out on the left that was duly converted, bringing the score to 12-10.

This was increased to 15-10 when the Middlesex side scored a penalty awarded after a Welwyn forward strayed offside at a ruck.

Ruislip knocked the ball on from the restart but the referee only gave a very short advantage.

This allowed the home team to touch the ball down in their in-goal area for a 22 metre drop out.

Welwyn knocked on at the kick-off and then showed indiscipline again by talking back to the referee and conceding a further 10 metres.

Regaining possession, the backs moved the ball out to the left but the final pass was dropped.

Winger Pete Elliott was then substituted for Tom Jankowski, before a good move to the right ended when centre Ed Merivale dropped the ball forward when tackled.

Ruislip were able to move the ball upfield and the half ended with their scrum-half completing a good passing movement with an unconverted try in the corner, increasing the home team's lead to 20-10.

Facing the wind, Welwyn started the second half strongly.

Rob James and Rob Picken led good forward drives, resulting in a penalty that Child put into touch on the left of the Ruislip 22.

The home club managed to clear the ball but were then penalised for not rolling away after a tackle.

Welwyn drove them back again into their 22 with a good touch kick.

The forwards gained possession from the lineout, drove the ball forward and hooker Jacques Naude crashed over on the right for an unconverted try that reduced the deficit to 20-15.

At this point Alexandre Virlogeux, who had travelled over from France for the game, came on for Storah.

Ruislip grabbed another converted try after 15 minutes of the half to increase their lead to 27-15.

Welwyn came back with a run from left winger Luke Williams that took the ball up to the 22 before he was driven into touch.

Ruislip moved the ball to the left but were stopped by a crunching tackle by flanker Frankie Sutherland.

Welwyn gained possession and drove the ball down the right almost to the try-line.

When checked, they switched the ball to the left and second row William Freeston charged over near the posts.

Hughes kicked an easy conversion and reduced the arrears to 27-22 after 23 minutes.

Ruislip again responded immediately, moving the ball to their right and scoring in the corner.

An excellent conversion made the score 34-22 in their favour.

Welwyn were not finished though and came back at their opponents for a final time.

Rob Picken went over for the visitors after a scrum 10 metres from their line.

Hughes slotted over the conversion to make the final score 34-29.

Neither side could add to their totals so that's how it finished.

Welwyn ended the league season in ninth place.


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