London Welsh 39 vs London Scottish 15
By Gareth Vaughan Jones
Captain fantastic delivers in U15 Exile derby
On Sunday, London Welsh U15's played their first match at the new RFU 4G pitch at Chiswick RFC, where London Welsh are one of the local clubs that benefit from playing on this all weather surface. We also welcomed Referee Jerry Ress who was officaiting at this game as his first London Society fixture and will join the growing referee pool that the club have developed under the leadership of Sir Neil Wharton. Jerry ran last years' U18 age group since they were U7 and was keen to keep involved with rugby and the club, hence joining the Referee Society.
Glyn Mannes was named captain for the match and to say he had an eventful match is an understatement. The sun was out and we were looking forward to the match as we have had some close games with our Exiles across the last few years. There was no score for the first 5 minutes of the match as both teams tried to establish a foothold in the match; when Welsh captain Mannes, lifted the Scottish ball carrier in the tackle and brought him to ground. The referee deemd this as danagerous and awarded the London Welsh skipper a Yellow card, much to his annoyance. At this age, the player only serves a 7 minute sin bin, as the match was only 60 minutes.
Scottish scored first, but that went unconvereted; and this is when captian Mannes re-appeared on the pitch in time to put in his man of the match performance. He channelled his disaapointment of being on the sidelines into brining his team back into the game. Mannes' scored a couple of tries in the first half as the teams were evenly matched and Welsh went into the half time 17-10 up as Joel Humphreys scored the other try.
The seocnd half scorline suggests it was one way traffic to Welsh, but they had to work hard to score their tries. They scored 4 tries to Scottish 1, with Mannes getting another two, plus Edward Newton and Ben Lowry. The scoreline flatterd London Welsh , but they tackled really well and when they had possession used it wisely to spread it wide and get their wingers over the gain line. This is their second match of the season and in their first they beat local rivals Richmond.
Final Score - London Welsh 39 - London Scottish 15.
Man of the match - Glyn Mannes