Welsh Run in Four Tries for Pre-Season Win
By The Official London Welsh
Successful finish to pre-season bodes well for league campaign.
The 1st XV visited Grasshoppers for their third and final pre-season game.
The home team opened the scoring after 15 minutes when space on the wing allowed them through for the first try and a their lead moved on to seven points thanks to a difficult conversion from the touchline. It was a further twenty minutes until the next score when two breaks by full back Elis Staines finally regained territory for London Welsh. A 5 meter scrum allowed scrum half Iwan Bowen Rees to move the ball out to David Gabe and then one more pass put Jonathan Williams in under the posts. Williams converted his own try to level the scores at seven points each.
The line out catch and drive that proved so successful last season was put to good effect for the final score of the half with Chris Carns claiming the try and Jonathan Williams adding the conversion.
Half time: Grasshoppers 7 London Welsh 14
Elis Staines scored the third London Welsh try early in the second half but Grasshoppers soon narrowed the gap again thanks to a try from their own catch and drive. Neither team were able to add the conversions.
David Gabe's interception try completed the afternoon with London Welsh proving more more than a match for the team from the league above.
Full time: Grasshoppers 17 London Welsh 24
The 1st XV start their London 3 North West league campaign next Saturday with a visit to Datchworth RFC.