Beautiful Day At Old Deer Park with Ball in Hand
By The Offical London Welsh
Fine 2nd half display from the visitors
Two numbers depleted sides took the field 13 a piece and made the very best use of the wide green spaces of Old Deer Park. The welsh crossed the line first with Ben Longhurst going over for an unconverted try in the corner. Some rather lack lustre defending and strong running from Old Ruts soon saw them draw level.
Ben Longhurst on the Wing and Shaun Parkes at full back continued to press the Old Ruts defence and with a clean take from a line at 5m and several phases of play saw Harry Archer go over for another unconverted try after 20 mins.
The half time whistle went with the score 10 : 5 to the Welsh and plenty of running rugby to go.
After 6 minutes the Welsh were over again. This time Luke Jones at 9 earned a try for the hard work he had put in during the first period of the game. Shaun Parkes conversion narrowly missing the right hand upright.
Immediate pressure from Old Ruts saw them held over the line, Stephen Frank making the impressive preventative tackle. The next phase saw Old Ruts held up over the line, this time from Winger Ben Longhurst .
The visitors persistence payed off with the try eventually coming at the 3rd attempt.
Immediately the Welsh were back in the game, a physical break reminiscent of Jamie Roberts in his pomp saw insider centre Stephen Frank through, his layoff to Luke Jones 9, keeping the ball alive before being spun out to Harry Archer for his 2nd try of the day.
Old Ruts however were starting to move the ball very fluidly, 3 try's followed very rapidly taking the score to 20 : 31 to the visitors.
Frantic efforts saw both teams making handling errors and gathering loose ball. A welsh scrum resulted in a further handling error but this time the loose ball was moved swiftly accross the line to see Old Ruts under the posts for their 5th try in the 2nd half
Final Score 20 : 38 to Old Ruts