Welwyn suffer another massive Staines defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

JUNIOR HARRISON

JUNIOR HARRISON

London League Division Two North Staines 62 Welwyn 0 LEAGUE leaders Staines easily dispatched a depleted Welwyn side 62-0 at the weekend. Due to illness and holidays Welwyn had no less than seven of their regular first teamers missing. The visitors knew t

London League Division Two North Staines 62 Welwyn 0

LEAGUE leaders Staines easily dispatched a depleted Welwyn side 62-0 at the weekend.

Due to illness and holidays Welwyn had no less than seven of their regular first teamers missing.

The visitors knew they were in for a difficult game against a side of paid players who were bigger and stronger than themselves.

Among the hosts' pack was Junior Harrison, brother of heavyweight boxer Audley, and he grabbed three tries.

From the outset the size and weight advantage of the home team was evident.

The West Londoners had an opportunity to take the lead after 15 minutes.

Welwyn were judged offside on their own 22 in front of the posts, but the Staines penalty was sliced wide to the left.

From the restart the home team worked the ball to the left and a wing forward crashed over a try.

Soon after a Staines drive took the ball across the try-line but Luke Williams made a great tackle and robbed the attacker of the ball.

From the 22 metre drop out a chip ahead by Staines was caught by second row Steve Gardner.

He made a mark and took a quick kick. The ball was driven forward but was again lost and Staines attacked down the right, only to be foiled by a Frankie Sutherland tackle.

Staines retained the ball and a good passing movement across the field saw them score an unconverted try in the left corner to increase their lead to 10-0.

The sustained Staines pressure now started to count and despite some good tackles by Elliott, James Coughlan and the other backs, a break by their scrum-half led to a try under the posts that was duly converted.

Staines knocked the ball forward from the restart and were then penalised after the scrum, allowing Welwyn to gain touch on their left on the 22.

A Welwyn attack developed from the lineout, only for the team to be penalised for crossing.

The relieving kick by Staines failed to reach touch, but the home side quickly regained possession and one of their big second row forwards broke through the defence to score under the posts.

Just before the break, the hosts forced another try near the posts to make the half-time score 31-0.

The second half started as the first had ended with Staines scoring two quick tries, the second of which was converted to increase their lead to 43-0.

Welwyn continued to defend stoutly with the back row of Andrew Hawkins, Rob James and Andrew Laycock covering yards of ground and fighting for every loose ball.

After 15 minutes play a Staines drive to the right resulted in their second row Harrison completing his hat-trick of tries.

The conversion brought up the half century of points.

Welwyn gained position in the left corner after a penalty to touch had broken the satellite aerial on the clubhouse roof.

A charge by Jacques Naude from the lineout was followed up by the pack, who achieved something that Staines failed to do throughout the game.

A rolling maul took the ball over the try-line but Welwyn were desperately unlucky that the referee adjudged that the ball had been held up.

Continued good tackling resulted in Welwyn regaining possession and later, when Staines were penalised for crossing, the home side knocked the ball forward from the subsequent penalty.

They quickly regained possession, however, and ran some good lines for a try under the posts.

The conversion was charged down with the score at 55-0.

Staines ended the game with a good interchange of passes and a converted try under the posts to run out easy victors.

Despite the unflattering score-line, the performance of the entire Welwyn team, particularly with such a weakened side, was excellent. Errors of poor tackling and passing, which have been a feature of the season to date, were almost eliminated.

On Saturday Welwyn visit Letchworth with a 1.45pm kick-off in the first round of the Herts Presidents' Cup.

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