Welwyn starting to look the business after thrashing the Medicals
PUBLISHED: 08:51 25 February 2011 | UPDATED: 09:00 25 February 2011
WELWYN continued to put some daylight between themselves and the London 2 North West relegation zone with a thumping 53-19 victory against Imperial Medicals on Saturday.
Welwyn attacked from the kick off, a probing grubber kick by scrum half Mark Cullen took play deep into the visitors 22 metre area.
When the resulting lineout was won by Welwyn, the catch and drive took them over the line to open the scoring with only two minutes played, a good conversion from Pat Roach from out wide secured the extras.
Buoyed by the early score Welwyn forged forward again from the restart – a cross field kick nearly fooling the visitors defence before further pressure from the home side forced another attacking lineout in the Imperial half and another catch and drive by the forwards allowed Rob Picken to score the second try of the afternoon with only six minutes played.
From the restart it was clear Welwyn’s forwards had the ascendancy and ability to drive deep into their opponents area and when a scrum was awarded it was almost a natural expectancy for the Welwyn pack to drive over the try line for the forwards to score yet another try, although the extras were narrowly missed, score now 19-0.
Periodically Welwyn were able to clear their half and it was then the forwards took over and forced home their supremacy scoring a fourth and fifth try of the half – one try being from a kick to touch, catch and drive over the line to score and the other from a scrum driven forward over the try line for No 8 Dave Wells to score.
Half-time arrived and at 31-0 to the hosts the game was comfortable for Welwyn, league bonus points having already been secured by virtue of having scored a fourth try.
Early in the second period, Welwyn opened up play on their left flank and spun the ball through various hands of backs and forwards, and it was only a last ditch tackle from the visitors right wing that stopped Welwyn’s Hopley from running through to the try line spilling the ball forward as he was tackled.
But from the resultant scrum hooker Simon Banks who was later awarded man of the match won against the head and after a few drives forward, Dave Wells was able to cross the line for his second try of the day to take the score to 36-0, the conversion falling narrowly short.
From the restart the visitors continued to mount attacks. It was during this period that Welwyn’s defence started to crack and a missed tackle allowed the visitors centre to sprint in from 22 metres to open their scoring.
Welwyn responded and after good work by left winger Aldridge and flanker Hopley, Picken went through to score, 41-5.
The hosts started to substitute players and perhaps Medicals took advantage as they came strongly at the home side and scored their second try of the day, the conversion being kicked to take play to 41-12.
With Alexander on for Cullen at scrum half Welwyn knew they had to keep the ball tight amongst the forwards.
Their reward was almost instantaneous as Wells went over – his third of the afternoon, the extras being secured on this occasion for 48-12.
As the game entered the last few minutes the sides exchanged further scores – Imperial Medicals working a backs and forwards handling move eventually scoring under the posts, and for Welwyn prop Grant Keeler taking a ball from short range and piling over for a final ninth try to the home side of the afternoon.
To beat a fourth place side so convincingly was a remarkable effort by Welwyn who continue their journey away from the foot of the league.
However, there are some tough games to come – none less so than the local derby this Saturday against St Albans who sit almost alongside Welwyn in the league.
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