Welwyn sting hosts Wasps
PUBLISHED: 15:09 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:09 14 October 2014
Welwyn RFC continued their impressive start to the season with a fine 29-7 bonus point win at Wasps Amateurs on Saturday.
The side is playing an attractive brand of rugby this season with a virtually new back division who are always looking for the opportunity to attack, regardless of field position.
There were countless clean line breaks and if the supporting players had been closer and the final pass a bit more accurate, the score line could have been even more emphatic.
The rain that had been forecast for the afternoon never materialised and on a beautiful playing surface, the scene was set for an exciting running game. Welwyn were quickly into their stride. After 10 minutes, a sustained attack moving from one side of the field to the other resulted in scrum half Harry Gillespie darting over from a ruck close to the Wasps line.
Dave Wells’ conversion came back off the post, but Welwyn were ahead 5-0 with 10 minutes on the clock.
Two minutes later, another spell of good ball retention by Welwyn created an opportunity wide on the left hand side of the field.
A well-timed pass from Phil Grehan created the space for Rory Harcourt to go over in the corner to increase Welwyn’s lead to 0-10.
Next it was the forwards’ turn to show their strength.
A fine catch in midfield by Peter Elliott led to pressure on the Wasps line who were forced to carry the ball over and concede a five metre scrum.
With the powerful tight head prop Ross Merrilees dominating proceedings in the front row, Welwyn put on a strong drive and when the scrum collapsed, the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty try to the visitors.
The kick from in front of the posts was converted by Wells and Welwyn led 0-17 with 23 minutes played.
Dan Atkinson replaced Merrilees after 20 minutes as Welwyn took advantage of the options available from rolling substitutes.
Wasps managed to resist further pressure from the visitors and right at the end of the half they narrowed the score to 17-7 after a period of pressure on the Welwyn line.
The conversion from out wide was successful and at half-time Welwyn led by only 10 points, which did not reflect their superiority.
Welwyn had the benefit of a slight breeze in the second half and prop Merrilees returned to replace Ben Solez who suffered a back strain.
Joe Osayande was also replaced by Tom Turner early in the second half.
There was no further score in the first 20 minutes of the second half as Welwyn went in search of the try to secure their win and provide them with a valuable bonus point.
The Harcourt brothers combined well with Rory Harcourt executing an astonishing one-handed pick up off his boot laces and from the resulting ruck, Welwyn had men over to spare and Adam Harcourt crossed the line close to the posts.
The conversion was unsuccessful, but the game looked to be secure at 22-7 with Wasps needing to score three times.
Luke Dillinger replaced Michael Bourne in the back row with 15 minutes remaining and Welwyn continued with their attacking game.
In the final minute of the game, the ball was moved swiftly to the right wing giving Tom Turner the space to beat the cover defence and score close to the posts. Wells added the extras and Welwyn finished comfortable 29-7 winners.
On Saturday Welwyn host Fullerians.