Difficult Day for Druids at Old Deer Park
By The Offical London Welsh
A glorious afternoon for rugby
A strong Druids team looked forward to the home game against visitors London Cornish.
Sadly the Cornish team were ones who took full advantage of the weather and set about their work with a converted try in the first couple of minutes of the game. The Welsh were themselves on the scoreboard with a try from Leighton Spence going unconverted by outside half Wil Childs to make the score 5 : 7
Both teams were then responsible for a good deal of open rugby, with the Welsh back-rower Joel Franklin putting in a robust performance but it was the Cornish who kept their shape to find space for further scores. In the last 15mins of the first half Cornish ran in a further 5 trys, effectively putting the game out of sight of the Welsh. The teams turning around 7 : 34 to Cornish.
Captain Dan Jones addressing his players at half time reminded them in no uncertain terms the importance of the shirt they were wearing and the need for greater effort. This took a few minutes of the second period to fully sink in, during which the Cornish taking advantage of a porous Welsh defence with yet another converted try. The Welsh, however, were not done and minutes later Dan Jones had grounded the ball against the base of the posts for a try converted by Wil Childs.
Fresh legs from the bench saw the Welsh defence tighten up but also require a shuffle in the half-backs with Wil Childs leaving the pitch through injury and scrum-half Gruffydd Williams moving to the outside half slot, replaced at 9 by Jon Weeks. Replacement 8 Neil Mauger made a significant impact in the second half with a number of powerful driving runs. His blind side back row partner Alex Leybourne making a huge contribution around the field.
The final 20 minutes of the game saw a static scoreboard but it was the Cornish who finished the second period in the same way as the first but seizing a try and conversion during injury time.
Well done London Cornish for providing a treat during the last 15 minutes of the first half.
London Welsh Druids remain 2nd in Merit 1 with 64 points and look forward to another home match at Old Deer Park next saturday vs Ruslip