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Druids (2nd XV) - Match centre

London Welsh Druids
London Cornish Dukes
L Spence, G Williams
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
W Childs
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Sat 9 Feb 14:00 - Middlesex Merit Tables - Division 1 Full time

Difficult Day for Druids at Old Deer Park

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

Key moments

2:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
2:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
7:00
Try Leighton Spence scores for London Welsh Druids
25:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
28:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
34:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
35:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
37:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
40:00 +1:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
40:00 +1:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
41:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
42:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
45:00
Try Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh Druids
45:00
Conversion Wil Childs kicks a conversion for London Welsh Druids
78:00
Try Try for London Cornish Dukes
79:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish Dukes

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 12 - 50
Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
78:00 Try 12 - 48
Try for London Cornish Dukes
45:00 Conversion 7 - 43
Wil Childs kicks a conversion for London Welsh Druids
45:00 Try 12 - 43
Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh Druids
42:00 Conversion 5 - 43
Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
41:00 Try 5 - 41
Try for London Cornish Dukes
End of period 1
40:00 +1:00 Conversion 5 - 36
Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
40:00 +1:00 Try 5 - 34
Try for London Cornish Dukes
37:00 Try 5 - 29
Try for London Cornish Dukes
35:00 Conversion 5 - 24
Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
34:00 Try 5 - 22
Try for London Cornish Dukes
28:00 Try 5 - 17
Try for London Cornish Dukes
25:00 Try 5 - 12
Try for London Cornish Dukes
7:00 Try 5 - 7
Leighton Spence scores for London Welsh Druids
7:00 Missed Conversion
Wil Childs misses a conversion for London Welsh Druids
2:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Conversion for London Cornish Dukes
2:00 Try 0 - 7
Try for London Cornish Dukes
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • London Welsh Druids
  • London Cornish Dukes
  • 0
  • Try 2:00'
  • Conversion 2:00'
  • Leighton Spence Try 7:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Try 34:00'
  • Conversion 35:00'
  • Try 37:00'
  • Try 40:00 +1:00'
  • Conversion 40:00 +1:00'
  • Try 41:00'
  • Conversion 42:00'
  • Gruffydd Williams Try 45:00'
  • Wil Childs Conversion 45:00'
  • Try 78:00'
  • Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

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League round up

Other Division 1 results

Belsize Park III
20
38
Ealing Men's 2nds
Chiswick 2nd XV
25
0
H.A.C III
19
38
Hammersmith & Fulham III

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Chiswick 2nd XV 15 98
2. London Welsh Druids 14 73
3. H.A.C III 15 71
4. London Cornish Dukes 14 70
5. Grasshoppers II 14 69
6. Belsize Park III 14 58
7. Ealing Men's 2nds 14 56

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