This weekend, the indefatigable London Welsh Women travel to Reading for a fixture they are hoping will tee them up for a winning run into the season’s home straight.
With numbers at training now averaging 24 each week, after an influx of new faces, momentum is definitely on the side of the Welsh Dragons. That being said, Reading present an opposition that is never to be underestimated. Last year, they were the only team to cause an upset to us in their cruise to league victory.
London Welsh Women have a distinctive style of play that sets them apart from the other teams in their league; they enjoy a fast, offloading game with strong ball carriers across both the forwards and the backs. A majority of the tries they have scored this season have been collective team tries as opposed to singular performances.
Much of the focus in training recently has been consolidating on defensive strategies and ensuring consistency when under pressure. A number of times, the team have proved an impenetrable wall when a points scoring opportunity seems inevitable for the opposition but equally at times, tries have been scored against them too easily and against the run of play.
If you were to take Reading based on their form in the league table, it should be a comfortable win for the squad this weekend but there are a number of notes of caution; They traditionally have a strong centre duo and regularly kick downfield which will need swift reactions and counter attack from us to shut it down as an option for them. Reading are not afraid of making big hits in defence and we will need to keep cool heads to ensure they keep their penalty count low and their decision making accurate.
If you haven’t yet seen our London Welsh Women play this season there is still time to catch the impressive team in action.
This weekend they play away at Reading with a KO at 2pm
The final two league games are at home on 3rd and 17th March respectively.
The women's team play in the RFUW Championship - Women's NC South East West 1
London Welsh Women v Rosslyn Park Ladies Sunday 3rd March Old Deer Park
London Welsh Ladies v Portsmouth Valkyries Ladies Sunday 17th March Old Deer Park
We hope to see you at all or any of these matches!
Updated 16:23 - 8 Mar 2019 by Danny Griffiths