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1st XV - Match centre

London Welsh
Cheshunt
R Howells, E Staines, C Lilly, B Cullen, A Black, R Dawes, G Williams, T Pelasio
Tries
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L Davies (3), B Cullen
Conversions
Penalties
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Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time Attendance 884

Welsh are League Champions after bonus point win

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Celebrations at ODP, a birthday try for Gruffydd Williams and Ben Cullen signs off in style.

Nine tries by nine different players in front of the biggest crowd of the season confirmed London Welsh as league champions for the second successive season.

Welsh headed into the game knowing that a single league point would guarantee top spot but Cheshunt took the early initiative and in the opening it appeared that the home team may not have things all their own way. Cheshunt were awarded the first penalty of the game and put a kick into the corner of the pitch. London Welsh successfully smothered the attack and stole the ball to clear but from the lineout Cheshunt found space on the wing for their inside centre to run in the first try. The conversion was missed and with just four minutes on the clock Cheshunt had the lead.

This early surprise focussed Welsh minds with a determination to turn things around. A rampaging run by Tyron Pelasio from a lineout started a Welsh attack. The ball was recycled through the backs with the final pass from Club Captain Lloyd Davies putting Rhys Howells through for his team’s first try. Lloyd Davies added the conversion to go 7-5 in front. A yellow card for Cheshunt’s full back 12 minutes into the game opened up space in the Cheshunt defence and Welsh were quick to exploit. Elis Staines took the penalty quickly and forced his way over to extend the lead by a further five points.

A series of penalties conceded in their own half gave the referee little option but to issue Welsh with a team warning and from the edge of the 22 Cheshunt slotted over a penalty to close the gap to just four points at the end of the first quarter. The two teams were closely matched from the restart and play remained centred around the middle of the pitch.

It wasn’t until the half hour mark that Welsh added the third try. David Gabe gathered a loose ball and moved it out through his fellow backs to Christopher Lilly who breezed through the remaining Cheshunt defence. Lloyd Davies added the conversion. London Welsh now had the bonus point and Championship in their sights and pushed hard for the next try. Cheshunt were pinned in their own half but the try proved elusive and the half finished 19-8.

An extended half time break allowed the future stars of London Welsh to show off their skills with a minis game against neighbours London Scottish and a goal kicking challenge.

The current London Welsh stars took to the pitch again, attacked from the off and didn’t keep the crowd waiting long for the fourth try of the game. The ball was worked to the back of the ruck on Cheshunt’s 22m line and, on his last 1st XV appearance, hooker Ben Cullen launched a solo run to outpace the defence and claim the league title for his team. The conversion was missed but Welsh led 24-8 and were firmly in control of the game.

A penalty and yellow card against Michael Griffiths gave Cheshunt some breathing space and although Welsh had several opportunities it wasn’t until the end of the yellow card period that they added any more points. David Gabe ran almost half the length of the pitch to take play into Cheshunt’s 22 and repeated phases of attack eventually put Andrew Black over. Lloyd Davies added the extras with a little under twenty minutes of the half played.

A great penalty kick to touch, pin point accuracy in the lineout and a break by replacement scrum half Gruffydd Williams launched the next attack. Tyron Pelasio took up the charge but was adjudged to have been held up over the line. Welsh were solid in the resulting 5m scrum and the ball was moved out to Rhodri Dawes to score in the corner.

Welsh continued to attack at every opportunity and when Cheshunt brought the move to a halt just short of the line Tom Baldwin was waiting out wide to receive the ball and go over for the seventh try of the game and his second of the season. Cheshunt error led to the penultimate try. An overthrow at the lineout was poached by Gruffydd Williams who celebrated his 18th birthday with his third try in just three appearances.

Tyron Pelasio added the ninth and final try gathering a pass looped round to him by Lloyd Davies but, fittingly, the final word fell to Ben Cullen who finished his 1st XV career and brought the game to a close by kicking the conversion.

Full time: London Welsh 53 Cheshunt 8

Penderyn Distillery Man of the Match: Daniel Ginger

Celebrations started on and off the pitch to mark back to back promotions and with it the completion of the next step in the club’s five year plan but the season is not over yet and next Saturday we welcome Datchworth to ODP for the final league game. Datchworth are also promoted to London 2 North West and therefore it promises to be a day of fine rugby and celebration. The final match of the season will be on Saturday 13th April when London Welsh play Finsbury Park at ODP in the Middlesex Bowl Final. Both games will have 3pm kick offs.

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Cheshunt
10:00
Try Rhys Howells scores for London Welsh
10:00
Conversion Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
15:00
Try Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
20:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Cheshunt
30:00
Try Christopher Lilly scores for London Welsh
30:00
Conversion Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
45:00
Try Ben Cullen scores for London Welsh
60:00
Try Andrew Black scores for London Welsh
60:00
Conversion Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
62:00
Try Rhodri Dawes scores for London Welsh
65:00
Try Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh
70:00
Try Tyron Pelasio scores for London Welsh
71:00
Conversion Ben Cullen kicks a conversion for London Welsh

Highlights

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71:00 Conversion 48 - 8
Ben Cullen kicks a conversion for London Welsh
70:00 Try 46 - 8
Tyron Pelasio scores for London Welsh
65:00 Try 41 - 8
Gruffydd Williams scores for London Welsh
62:00 Try 36 - 8
Rhodri Dawes scores for London Welsh
60:00 Conversion 26 - 8
Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
60:00 Try 31 - 8
Andrew Black scores for London Welsh
48:00 Yellow Card
Michael Griffiths is yellow carded for London Welsh
45:00 Missed Conversion
Lloyd Davies misses a conversion for London Welsh
45:00 Try 24 - 8
Ben Cullen scores for London Welsh
End of period 1
30:00 Conversion 14 - 8
Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
30:00 Try 19 - 8
Christopher Lilly scores for London Welsh
20:00 Penalty 12 - 8
Penalty kicked for Cheshunt
15:00 Try 12 - 5
Elis Staines scores for London Welsh
12:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Cheshunt
10:00 Try 5 - 5
Rhys Howells scores for London Welsh
10:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Lloyd Davies kicks a conversion for London Welsh
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Cheshunt
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As it happened

  • London Welsh
  • Cheshunt
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Rhys Howells Try 10:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Conversion 10:00'
  • Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Elis Staines Try 15:00'
  • Penalty 20:00'
  • Christopher Lilly Try 30:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Conversion 30:00'
  • Ben Cullen Try 45:00'
  • Michael Griffiths Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Andrew Black Try 60:00'
  • Lloyd Davies Conversion 60:00'
  • Rhodri Dawes Try 62:00'
  • Gruffydd Williams Try 65:00'
  • Tyron Pelasio Try 70:00'
  • Ben Cullen Conversion 71:00'

Team selection

Dawes, Rhodri Dawes, Rhodri
Morgan, Max Morgan, Max
Howells, Rhys Howells, Rhys
Lilly, Christopher Lilly, Christopher
Gabe, David Gabe, David
Davies, Lloyd Davies, Lloyd
Staines, Elis Staines, Elis
Pelasio, Tyron Pelasio, Tyron
Morgan, Gareth Morgan, Gareth
Ginger, Daniel Ginger, Daniel
Baldwin, Tomas Baldwin, Tomas
Griffiths, Cai Griffiths, Cai
Griffiths, Michael Griffiths, Michael
Cullen, Ben Cullen, Ben
Black, Andrew Black, Andrew

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# 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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