1st XV run in seventeen tries to put Vees to the sword
By The Official London Welsh
Records tumble at Verulamians
It was an afternoon of setting team and individual records at London Colney for the London Welsh 1st XV. It was always going to be a tough task for Verulamians, who needed a bonus point win to avoid relegation, and the news that kick off was delayed by a quarter of an hour to enable them to assemble a starting XV all but confirmed their fate.
London Welsh didn't have to wait long for their first points. Jonathan Williams scored a try and added the conversion after just 2 minutes. Five minutes later Williams was key the move that created Michael Griffiths’ try and then slotted over the conversion.
Rhodri Dawes was next on the score sheet after a great line out from Tom Baldwinb leading to the ball moving through the London Welsh backs for the try. The bonus point was achieved before the end of the first quarter. A solid scrum set up another backs move and Lloyd Davies put Christopher Lilly through for the fourth try. Jonathan Williams converted both for a 28-0 lead.
Club Captain Lloyd Davies used his classic show and go to beat two defenders to score try number five and within minutes Rhys Howells scored the sixth try of the day, running it in from 40 yards as the backs moved the ball well. Two more conversions by Jonathan Williams added to the score.
The seventh and eighth tries completed the half. Elis Staines was first over the line, following some good work from Tyron Pelasio, and with 33 minutes on the clock Gruffydd Williams ran the next try from outside the 22. Jonathan Williams maintained his 100% record converting both tries.
Half time Verulamians 0 London Welsh 56
The first try of the second half fell to Christopher Lilly who ran it in from his own half. Jonathan Williams converted. Rhys Howells then scored his second of the game after some great work from Jonathan Williams but was followed by the first missed kick off the afternoon. A wonderful offload by Michael Griffiths put Rhys Howells through for his hat trick and the visitors were now 73-0 ahead.
Jonathan Williams put through Rhys Tudur Davies and Williams also converted the try. Jonathan Williams continued to have an exceptional game and added another try and conversion. Christopher Lilly is next up for a hat trick and Williams’ conversion takes the score on to 94-0, a new club record for a league game.
Rhodri Dawes scored the 15th try of the match and Jonathan Williams’ conversion, his 13th of the game, moved the score over the 100 mark and set a club record for any game.
Tyron Pelasio added try number seventeen and Jonathan Williams had the last word with one more try and conversion. Williams finished the afternoon with a personal tally of 43, another new club record.
With 30 minutes of the second half played the referee decided to call time. The Verulamians team had played with pride and commitment and deserved an early pint or two.
Full time Verulamians 0 London Welsh 113