1st XV Delight ODP Crowd With Seven Try Win
By The Official London Welsh
Team tops London 3 North West with maximum points after two games
A crowd of over 450, many of whom had been at the pre-match lunch, enjoyed the sunshine as London Welsh 1st XV played their first home game of the season. Expectations were high after the bonus point win at Datchworth and an early attacking move which saw Rhys Howells stopped just short of the line showed the home team's intentions from the start.
The first score came little over five minutes into the game. Scrum half Ellis Staines made a break from the line out and when he went to ground good support play recycled the ball for Sam Canning-Birtles to score under the posts. Lloyd Davies added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Welsh continued to control the game and the second try followed half way through the first half. A Welsh penalty created the chance with Sam Mahoney catching the ball at the back of the resulting line out. Although possession was lost to Kilburn the visitors were forced to concede a 5 meter scrum and from that the ball made its way out to David Gabe for the full back to score. Lloyd Davies' conversion was again successful.
Tyrone Pelasio's break a few minutes later earned a penalty on Kilburn's 22 meter line. Spotting space in the defence, the penalty was taken quickly and Dan Ginger was out on the wing to take the final pass. Lloyd Davies slotted over the tricky conversion to give his side a 21-0 lead.
Kilburn regrouped and took play deep into the Welsh half after the restart. Sustained pressure inside the 22 forces Welsh to concede penalties with Sam Canning-Birtles receiving a yellow card. Despite the one man advantage Kilburn fail to score and Welsh eventually regain the initiative. in the final moments before half time Kilburn's Gavin Laird was shown the yellow card for tackling Ellis Staines within 10 meters of a tap penalty and a final attacking play from Welsh didn't quite reach the line leaving the score 21-0 at the break.
The second half points opened with a penalty try awarded when Ellis Staines was tackled without the ball, preventing a certain score. With the bonus point now earned Welsh didn't let up and continued their attacking approach.
The Dawes name has long and famous connections with London Welsh and Rhodri Dawes, on his home debut, was following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather - both of whom were at pitchside to see him score the next try. Lloyd Davies' conversion pushed the lead to 35-0 with half an hour still to play.
Kilburn finally got off the mark at the mid-point of the second half thanks to Andrew Brotherston's try but they were unable to add the conversion from the touchline.
Liam Hewison, also making his ODP debut, scored London Welsh's six try when the referee decided that he had successfully grounded the ball at the bottom of the pile of players. The conversion was missed and with 15 minutes remaining Welsh were 40-5 ahead.
The seventh and final try was scored by Ellis Staines when a pass gave the scrum half space to break though Kilburn's defence. Lloyd Davies' conversion completed the 47-5 victory.
Man of the Match: Rhys Howells