1st XV Clock Up Thirteenth Straight Bonus Point Win
Wasps held scoreless as Welsh show strength in attack and defence
Nine tries and seven conversions took London Welsh to another convincing league victory and, with Wasps unable to score anything in response, it is now over 220 minutes since the 1st XV have conceded a point.
Wasps started the game strongly and showed their intention to play an attacking game but the Welsh defence held strong and earned a penalty which, for only the seventh time this season, they opted to kick at goal. Rhys Tudur Davies pushed the kick wide but Welsh were immediately back on the attack and, with a further penalty advantage being played, the pack drove over the line for Morgan Browne to claim the first try of the afternoon. Rhys Tudur Davies converted.
Fred White, on his 1st XV debut, added try number two. His break from half way outpaced the Wasps back line as he created the space to run in field and touchdown under the posts. Another Rhys Tudur Davies conversion gave Welsh a 14 point advantage with 15 minutes on the clock.
The third and fourth tries were scored before the first half hour of the game was complete. When Welsh stole a Wasps lineout, Gareth Morgan spotted an opportunity to run straight through the opposition centres for his 1st try of the season. Rhys Tudur Davies added the extras. Simon Davies went over to secure the bonus point when a succession of quick passes moved the ball across the pitch for him to cross in the corner.
A try and conversion for Rhys Tudur Davies completed the half and London Welsh were 33-0 ahead.
It was only a few minutes into the second half when the game had to be paused for treatment to Welsh Centre Ben Francis. With Wil Davies taking his place in midfield the team regrouped and Tom Baldwin, with Morgan Browne attached and adding extra momentum, scored under the posts. Rhys Tudur Davies slotted the conversion for a 40-0 lead. David Gabe was next to score. A solid Welsh scrum provided the platform for Elis Staines to get the ball out to team captain and fly half Lloyd Davies. Davies momentarily delayed his pass and the Wasps defence opened up for David Gabe to run through for the try. Rhys Tudur Davies put over his sixth conversion of the game.
Lloyd Davies was also involved in the creation of the final two tries. Realising that his team had a penalty advantage, Lloyd Davies put in a perfect cross-field kick for Simon Davies to gather and score in the corner. Rhys Tudur Davies added the extra points. Lloyd Davies' chip ahead gave Elis Staines the final try of the match when he gathered the ball and inched over the line. Rhys Tudur Davies again converted.
Welsh were still looking to increase their score when, in the 70th minute, Number 8 Tyron Pelasio collided with an opponent and required immediate treatment. The referee stopped play and, with player welfare always the main priority, she then made the decision to end the game.
Final Score: Wasps 0 London Welsh 59
Next 1st XV Fixture:
Saturday 3rd March 3pm
London Welsh v Bank of England