League Champions' Dozen Tries Overwhelms Watford
Twelve tries and ten conversions completes the league season in style.
It was a glorious afternoon at Old Deer Park and the 200 people that sat down for the pre-match lunches were joined by another 400 spectators at pitch-side. Despite giving London Welsh a scare in the opening game of the season, Watford had won only five of their matches during their campaign and this was reflected in the ten league places and 70 points that now separated the two teams.
Welsh applied pressure from kick off and when David Gabe's tackle forced a knock on it was Rhys Howells that gathered the ball and scored the first try with only a minute on the clock. Rhys Tudur Davies' conversion added two more points.
The Welsh pack have been almost impossible to stop when they have possession within a few metres of the try line and the second try proved this once again. Sam Mahoney was held up over the line and from the resulting five metre scrum Gareth Morgan picked up for the score. Rhys Tudur Davies' conversion gave Welsh a 14-0 lead.
Fred White scored the first of his four tries on the 15 minute mark with passes from Lloyd Davies to Morgan Browne giving him the space cross the line. A quarter of an hour later he added the bonus point try from intercepting a Watford pass. Rhys Tudur Davies converted both. His hat-trick was completed a few minutes later.
David Gabe scored the sixth and final try of the half receiving the ball in midfield and running straight through Watford's defence. The conversion by Rhys Tudur Davies gave Welsh a commanding 40-0 lead at half time.
The second half brought a further 40 unanswered points, again comprising six tries with five conversions added by Rhys Tudur Davies. Elis Staines put his name on the scoresheet when Lloyd Davies broke through the Watford defence and a pass inside put the scrum half clear. Five minutes into the second half the London Welsh backs showed their pace and when Fred White received the ball he scored the last of his quartet.
The Welsh attacking play didn't let up. Rhys Howells took the ball from the 22 to half way and Elis Staines was again on hand to receive the pass and go the rest of the way for the try. Mid-way through the half an inside pass by Lloyd Davies was received by Tomas Baldwin who scored the next try. London Welsh were now 66-0 ahead.
A yellow card for team captain Lloyd Davies slowed the play but the Welsh defence held strong and Watford were unable to take anything from the one man advantage. The home side added two more converted tries before the final whistle - Rory Noble with the first and Elis Staines with the second, taking his personal tally to 17 for the season.
Full Time: London Welsh 80 Watford 0