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1st XV - Match centre

Datchworth
London Welsh
London Welsh win - 1 on penalties.
Tries
D Gabe, C Carns (2), O Neme
Conversions
L Davies (2)
Penalties
L Davies
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time Attendance 200

1st XV Start Season With Bonus Point Win

Two tries for Chris Carns helps secure away victory

London Welsh 1st XV travelled to Datchworth for the opening round of the London 3 North West league. Datchworth had finished the previous season in 8th place and for much of the game matched newly promoted Welsh.

Early pressure produced chances for London Welsh but it wasn't until the 10th minute that the first points were scored when David Gabe crossed the line, the Datchworth defence opening up for the centre thanks to a solid London Welsh scrum and quick passes along the line. Club Captain Lloyd Davies added the conversion.

After the restart Datchworth had the majority of possession and territory but were unable to turn it into scoring opportunities with London Welsh adding the only other points of the half with a penalty from Lloyd Davies.

NW3 Datchworth Sept 18
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Half time: Datchworth 0 London Welsh 10

The first 15 minutes of the second half continued to be a close contest with neither team able to make much ground from the centre of the pitch. A penalty kick to the 5m line gave London Welsh their first scoring chance of the half and a clean catch and drive allowed hooker Chris Carns to score. The conversion was missed but the visiting team were now 15-0 ahead.

Another line-out catch and drive put Chris Carns over the line for his second try and with 10 minutes remaining London Welsh were in the hunt for the bonus point. Datchworth hadn't given up and added a well deserved try a couple of minutes later when their second row found a gap in the Welsh defence to run through for their first points. The conversion was added and the score was 7-20.

The bonus point try was scored in the final moments of the game. The London Welsh pack were proving dominant and created the space for the backs to move the ball out to Oscar Neme to score his first league try for the club. Lloyd Davies added the conversion to complete the game. This was an assured start to London Welsh's league campaign ahead of the first home game of the season next Saturday.

Final Score: Datchworth 7 London Welsh 27


Next match:
London Welsh v Kilburn Cosmos
Old Deer Park, Kew Road, TW9 2AZ

KO 3pm.
Admission Free

Key moments

15:00
Try David Gabe scores for London Welsh
15:02
Conversion Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
30:00
Penalty Lloyd Davies kicks a penalty for London Welsh
65:00
Try Chris Carns scores for London Welsh
70:00
Try Chris Carns scores for London Welsh
75:00
Try Oscar Neme scores for London Welsh
76:00
Conversion Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh

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NW3 Datchworth Sept 18
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NW3 Datchworth Sept 18

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 0 - 27
Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
75:00 Try 0 - 25
Oscar Neme scores for London Welsh
71:00 Missed Conversion
Lloyd Davies misses a conversion for London Welsh
70:00 Try 0 - 20
Chris Carns scores for London Welsh
66:00 Missed Conversion
Lloyd Davies misses a conversion for London Welsh
65:00 Try 0 - 15
Chris Carns scores for London Welsh
End of period 1
30:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Lloyd Davies kicks a penalty for London Welsh
15:02 Conversion 0 - 7
Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
15:00 Try 0 - 5
David Gabe scores for London Welsh
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Datchworth
  • London Welsh
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  • David Gabe Try 15:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Conversion 15:02'
  • Lloyd Davies Penalty 30:00'
  • Chris Carns Try 65:00'
  • Chris Carns Try 70:00'
  • Oscar Neme Try 75:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Conversion 76:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 3 15
2. Old Streetonians 3 15
3. Old Merchant Taylors' 3 10
4. Cheshunt 3 10
5. Harrow 3 9
6. Datchworth 3 9
7. Royston 3 7

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