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London Welsh
Old Merchant Taylors'
E Staines (2), L Davies, D Gabe (4), G Williams, M Weir
Tries
Unknown
J Williams (5)
Conversions
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time Attendance 473

Nine try victory secures promotion

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Four tries for David Gabe, two by Elis Staines and a perfect start to Gruffydd Williams’ debut guarantees a top two finish.

London Welsh took the field knowing that a bonus point win would, at the very least, make promotion all but certain and could, if the result at Harrow went the right way, even confirm the back to back promotions.

Old Merchant Taylors’ kicked off and Welsh, playing into a strong wind. were unable to clear from their 22. OMT were awarded a penalty from the lineout but the kick at goal failed to gain enough height and drifted under the crossbar. The visitors thought they were clear for another try a few minutes later when they intercepted a loose pass only to be called back for a Welsh penalty in front of the posts. Opting for a scrum instead of the kick, Elis Staines gathered the ball and forced his way over for the first points of the game. Jonathan Williams conversion bounced off the upright to leave Welsh 5-0 up after eight minutes.

Welsh handling errors brought further chances to an end but they broke through again on the 20 minute mark. Alex Laybourne’s clean lineout take set the pack up for a drive to the centre of the pitch where OMT conceded a penalty. With the scrum dominant the set piece was opted for again and patient play moved the ball out to team captain Lloyd Davies who was waiting out on the wing, increasing the score to 10-0.

The next try followed just four minutes later with Christopher Lilly making the break and feeding the final pass to David Gabe who went over for his 15th try of the season the first of his four in the game. Elis Staines scored the third try in the 30th minute of the game. Ben Cullen was stopped just short of the line and Staines was on hand to pick up and claim the bonus point. Jonathan Williams added the conversion.

London Welsh continued to have the majority of the possession and were firmly in control. The referee signalled penalty advantage when OMT went offside to try and disrupt the Welsh maul but the advantage wasn’t needed and the ball was moved out to David Gabe for the fifth and final try of the half.

Half time London Welsh 27 Old Merchant Taylors’ 0

Just two minutes of the second half had elapsed when the home team scored their next try. Welsh made it look very easy, moving the ball down the line as if in a training exercise to put David Gabe through for his hattrick. Jonathan Williams added the extra two points.

Old Merchant Taylors’ were struggling to get out of their half for any length of time. Marc Weir came close to a score but was stopped short as was Lloyd Davies not long after. The game lost some of its tempo for a while and it wasn’t until midpoint of the half that the next score came. OMT were awarded a scrum in their own 22 and the break in play was used for Dan Jones and Gruffydd Williams to replace Cai Griffiths and Elis Staines respectively. Welsh took the scrum against the head, Gruffydd Williams picked up the ball at the back of the scrum and passed to Dan Ginger sending the number 8 on his way towards the line. The replacement scrum half followed in support and received the ball back to outpace the defence and score a try within 20 seconds of his 1st XV debut. Jonathan Williams’ conversion took the score to 41-0 as news came through that Harrow had defeated Streetonians meaning that London Welsh were promoted from London 3 North West.

OMT scored their only points of the game when they turned over the ball in their own 22 and their full back ran almost the length of the field for the try. From the restart they continued to try and run the ball where possible and but couldn’t break through again despite all their efforts.

A good run through the centre set up a pass to Mark Weir who took the ball at full speed to score under the posts and David Gabe scored his fourth try, the ninth tof the game, to take Welsh past 50 points. Jonathan Williams converted both of the final two tries.

The full time whistle signalled the start of promotion celebrations but attention will soon move on to ensuring that the 1st XV go up as league champions.

Penderyn Distillery London Welsh Man of the Match: Michael Griffiths

Match Sponsors: Sphonic

The 1st XV travel to Verulamians for the next round of the league on 23rd March with the next home game against Cheshunt on 30th March.

Key moments

10:00
Try Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
20:00
Try Lloyd Davies scores for London Welsh
24:00
Try David Gabe scores for London Welsh
30:00
Try Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
30:00
Conversion Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
35:00
Try David Gabe scores for London Welsh
42:00
Try David Gabe scores for London Welsh
42:00
Conversion Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
60:00
Try Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh
60:00
Conversion Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
65:00
Try Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
70:00
Try Marc Weir scores for London Welsh
70:00
Conversion Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
75:00
Try David Gabe scores for London Welsh
75:00
Conversion Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh

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Highlights

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75:00 Conversion 55 - 5
Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
75:00 Try 53 - 5
David Gabe scores for London Welsh
70:00 Conversion 48 - 5
Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
70:00 Try 46 - 5
Marc Weir scores for London Welsh
65:00 Try 41 - 5
Try for Old Merchant Taylors'
60:00 Try 39 - 0
Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh
60:00 Conversion 41 - 0
Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
42:00 Try 32 - 0
David Gabe scores for London Welsh
42:00 Conversion 34 - 0
Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
End of period 1
35:00 Try 27 - 0
David Gabe scores for London Welsh
30:00 Try 20 - 0
Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
30:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Jonathan Williams kicks a conversion for London Welsh
24:00 Try 15 - 0
David Gabe scores for London Welsh
20:00 Try 10 - 0
Lloyd Davies scores for London Welsh
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
10:00 Missed Conversion
Jonathan Williams misses a conversion for London Welsh
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As it happened

  • London Welsh
  • Old Merchant Taylors'
  • 0
  • Elis Staines Try 10:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Try 20:00'
  • David Gabe Try 24:00'
  • Elis Staines Try 30:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Conversion 30:00'
  • David Gabe Try 35:00'
  • David Gabe Try 42:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Conversion 42:00'
  • Gruffydd Williams Try 60:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Conversion 60:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Marc Weir Try 70:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Conversion 70:00'
  • David Gabe Try 75:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Conversion 75:00'

Team selection

Dawes, Rhodri Dawes, Rhodri
Gabe, David Gabe, David
Lilly, Christopher Lilly, Christopher
Williams, Jonathan Williams, Jonathan
Howells, Rhys Howells, Rhys
Davies, Lloyd Davies, Lloyd
Staines, Elis Staines, Elis
Ginger, Daniel Ginger, Daniel
Laybourne, Alex Laybourne, Alex
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Baldwin, Tomas Baldwin, Tomas
Griffiths, Cai Griffiths, Cai
Griffiths, Michael Griffiths, Michael
Cullen, Ben Cullen, Ben
Weir, Marc Weir, Marc

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 100
2. Datchworth 22 87
3. Stevenage Town 22 79
4. Old Streetonians 22 73
5. Tabard 22 59
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56

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