Kilburn B too strong for Druids and Occies squad
Welsh set-piece holds solid but Kilburn's finishing wins the day.
A squad comprising Druids and Occies players faced a strong Kilburn B team and, although the score line reflected Kilburn's dominance, the match wasn't without positive aspects to build on before the Middlesex Merit Table season starts in a fortnight.
With just 3 minutes on the clock Kilburn opened the scoring. Welsh initially had possession but when the ball came loose it was the home team that gathered, kicked for the corner and came away with a try. The conversion was missed. An intercept could easily have lead to the next Kilburn try but the ball was lost forward in the tackle. Unfortunately for Welsh it wasn't long until Kilburn extended their lead with four swift passes breaking through the defence for their second try. This time the conversion was successful to take the score to 12-0.
London Welsh were unable to make the most of any possession they had and once again it was Kilburn on the score sheet with a try under the posts and a subsequent conversion. Their fourth try came from a scramble down the touchline to score wide out. 20 minutes gone and the score was 20-0. Welsh made their way back for a series of phases on the Kilburn 22 metre line but were unable to capitalise on the territory. Another Kilburn converted try, followed by a penalty, completed the half.
Half time 31-0.
Kilburn again took the initiative in the second half with a converted try early on and could have increased the lead further if they had managed to hold on to an attempted interception. The London Welsh scrum and lineout had stayed solid throughout the match and finally the players were controlling the breakdowns too. A series of rucks, followed by accurate passes, allowed Jonathan Shankland to break through Kilburn's defensive line to score under the posts. Will Davies added the extras. Kilburn then took the score to 45-7 with their seventh try. The conversion was added.
Shankland scored his second try of the match when the Welsh attack held shape and passes went to hand. Will Davies added the two points. London Welsh were on the attack again when Kilburn were able to rip the ball away in the tackle allowing the second row to cross the try line. The conversion moved the score on to 52-14.
The home team clocked up two more converted tries before the final whistle. A good turn of pace by the Kilburn centre allowed him through for the first and the last try of the game came when they gathered a drop pass.
Final score 66-14.