45 - 37


Match report written by Colin Abbott

What a match to make my first report on! For two teams separated by so many points in the league this match should on paper have been more one-sided in the Welsh’s favour. The fact that Maidenhead had beaten Hammersmith and Fulham so emphatically on their last outing was revealed today to have no fluke. We were treated to a real struggle between two teams eager to play running rugby and with evenly matched scrums and lineouts. This was Cai Griffiths 100th match in charge, and his 40th birthday was the day before, so no pressure!

The first ten minutes saw play swinging back and forth between the two halves. On 12 minutes Maidenhead turned over Welsh ball and some determined running led to a try near the posts by their No 8. Try converted. Score 0 – 7.

Soon after the restart Welsh were awarded a penalty and with Welsh on the offensive they were rewarded with a try by Tom James. We were then treated to the sight of a successful left-footed conversion kick by Tololima Savaiinaea. Score 7 – 7.

Straight after the restart a Maidenhead player was awarded a yellow card. Welsh pushed hard and were rewarded by a second try by Tom James. Tololima Savaliinaea was again successful with the conversion. Score 14 – 7.

Maidenhead responded straight away with a try which they failed to convert. Score 14 – 12.

At this time Rohan Pixley had to leave the field, a great shame because Rohan had been heavily involved in the first quarter of the game. Replaced by Gareth Lewis. Maidenhead kicked off and won the ball; some slick passing put their winger free to score under the posts. Try converted. Score 14 – 19.

London Welsh caught their own kick-off but made a forward pass when looking to be in a good attacking position. With the game going back and forth between the two sides, Maidenhead managed an interception which resulted in their backs achieving a try on the wing. Unconverted. Score 14 – 24.

Welsh hit straight back with a try for Jacob Butler, converted by Tololima Savaliimaea. Score 21 – 24.

Fired up Welsh charged off into the Maidenhead half, and only a knock-on near the line prevented a score. The first half ended with Welsh behind by three points, and all to play for.

At the start of the second half the Welsh steadily moved towards the Maidenhead try line to be rewarded by a try by Tololima Savaliimaea, which he converted himself. Score 28 – 24.

Now it was Maidenhead’s turn to pile on the pressure which resulted in a try from a ruck. Try unconverted. Score 28 – 29.

Welsh were eagerly off towards the Maidenhead line from the kick-off and only an overly ambitious overhead pass failed to allow Jacob Butler a score in the corner. Within moments Welsh were rewarded for their effort with a try by Tom James ( his hat-trick). Unconverted. Score 33 – 29.

The Welsh relaxed too early and Maidenhead quickly scored in the corner. Try unconverted. Score 33 – 34.

This score gave Maidenhead hope and they repeatedly attacked Welsh in their half. Welsh made two replacements in the next few minutes, Jack Parkhurst coming on for Connor Botha, and Hywel Williams replacing Adam Nixon .Maidenhead were awarded a penalty which resulted in a successful kick for another three points. Score 33 – 37.

Within a couple of minutes Welsh hit back with a try by Adam Dunne, converted by Tololima Savaliimaea. Score 40 – 37.

At this point Elis Staines limped off to be replaced, with some shuffling around of players, by Adam Nixon. The Welsh continued to push and produced some exciting running; a forward pass ended one good movement which looked to be a certain try. The Welsh scrum was by now definitely getting the better of Maidenhead. In spite of a yellow card for Tom James the Welsh still had the edge over Maidenhead and were rewarded with another try from a ruck following a lineout. Try scorer Ben Davies, try unconverted. Score 45 -37.

The team: Jacob Butler(15), Tom James (14), Elis Staines (13), Tololima Savaliinaea (12), Adam Dunne (11), Osian Mcavoy (10), Adam Nixon (Capt) (9), Chay Bailey (1), Connor Botha (2), Sam Johnson (3), Tom Douglas (4), Ed Couzens (5), Ben Davies (6), Rohan Pixley (7), Andy Black (8). Replacements Gareth Lewis, Jack Parkhurst, and Hywel Williams.



Date Time League Season Full Time
January 6, 2024 2:00 pm Regional 1: South Central 2023/24 80'


Old Deer Park
Oxenhouse Lane, Kew, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, London, Greater London, England, TW9 2AS, United Kingdom


ClubPenalty GoalsPoints
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