Tournament at Wasps
By Gareth Vaughan Jones
Depleted Welsh hold their heads up high
Sunday saw a heavily depleted London Welsh squad attend a four way tournament with Wasps, Battersea Ironsides and a South African representative team, called Titans;away at wet and windy Wasps.
In the opening match, Wasps cunningly attempted to play the entire game with the wind at their backs, and the LW boys were down four tries before anyone thought to switch sides. Thereafter, LW dominated territory and possession, with two fine first phase tries for Jack and Ed on the wings, following precise passing through the backs. But time was against us and the final whistle blew before we were able to haul back the early Wasps lead.
The second match was against a powerful Ironsides team who again took advantage of the following wind to blow the Welsh defence away early in the game. But after the initial onslaught in the mud, the LW boys dug in deep (often literally) to ensure that - at least morally - we won the second half, with a fine defensive play and some astute kicking. When the final whistle blew, the shirts were muddied and the ribs were bruised but the boys could hold their heads high, secure in the knowledge that they had left nothing in the tank.
Realising that they could not match LW's pace and physicality, the hitherto rampant saffers declined to play our boys - to the evident disappointment of Jack, James, Ben and Evs - opting instead to take on a barbarians team made of of the strongest boys at the tournament. Joel and Zack played manfully in a very high quality match, which the rest of the boys watched (to use their words) with a mix of chill, respect and schadenfreude.
Report: John Paskin