12 - 45


Match Report written by Colin Abbott
Well that was a surprise!
With Bracknell on the same points as Welsh, but with a game in hand, and playing on their ground it would seem logical for them to either beat the Welsh or at worst end up with a close score. What we got was a closely contested match with London Welsh edging out Bracknell in defence everywhere on the field.
Before the match the players and the crowd observed a minute of silence in memory of JPR Williams who sadly passed away this last week; one of my all time rugby heroes, first seen by myself at ODP in 1971.
From the kick-off the Welsh camped in Bracknell’s half for the first ten minutes, eventually earning a penalty nearly in front of the posts which Tololima Savaiinaea converted with ease.
Score 0 – 3.
From the restart the Welsh moved upfield with the help of two penalties and were right on Bracknell’s try line when an infringement resulted in Welsh being awarded a penalty try.
Score 0 – 10.
Bracknell’s restart failed to reach ten yards and after the resulting scrum there were several minutes of play during which both sides continually kicked the ball upfield into the opponents half. Not particularly exciting rugby! Eventually Bracknell were awarded two consecutive penalties well inside the Welsh half, but wasted both of these by running at the Welsh defence. A knock-on gave the Welsh the put-in to the scrum and it was their turn to press forward. A couple of penalties to the Welsh and some fierce work in a ruck by the forwards ended with Osian MacAvoy scoring near midfield. Tololima Savaiinaea converted.
Score 0 – 17.
From the restart Welsh pressed hard, with some lovely hand-offs keeping the ball moving. Eventually the Welsh earned a penalty which they ran, and forward pressure in front of the Bracknell line earned a try for Andy Black. Tololima Savaiinaea converted.
Score 0 – 24.
After the restart Tololima Savaiinaea was shown a yellow card for a tackle that went awry. The last minutes of the half were spent in the Welsh half with play pretty evenly balanced, but no further score. The second half started with Adam Nixon on at scrum half, and Gareth Lewis replaced Ben Davies after another 5 minutes. Initially play was evenly balanced with both sides running the ball continuously. Eventually the Welsh pushed up to a few yards from the Bracknell line, and after a few more phases of play Tom James had a clear run to score on the right. Tomolima Savaiinaea converted.
Score 0 – 31.
Bracknell then pushed hard in the Welsh half and courtesy of two penalties, which they ran, finally scored in the left hand corner. The try was not converted.
Score 5 – 31.
Andy Black was substituted by Rhydian George at the restart. Bracknell were fired up now and scored a second try after a period of fast and furious rugby. This try was converted.
Score 12 – 31.
Sam Johnson had to go off injured to be replaced by a recovered Andy Black. In the constant attempts by all players of both sides to run the ball forward, Elis Staines relieved a Bracknell player of the ball. Welsh spread the ball out across the pitch and Tom James very nearly scored his second try, but ended up in touch. From the lineout the ball was stolen by a Welsh front row forward who ran through Bracknell for a simple try. (This reporter is unable to attribute this try because of obstructed view.) Try converted by Osian MacAvoy.
Score 12– 38.
A few minutes after the restart Gareth Lewis was shown the yellow card, so Welsh were down to 14 men. Over the next five minutes or so it became impossible to keep track of the substitutions among the Welsh team. Players who had come off earlier went back on, and we were treated to the sight of Hywel Williams playing as a centre/winger! There followed a purple patch for the Welsh with some brilliant hand-offs keeping the ball moving forwards and resulted in Tom James crossing the try line for an easy run-in. Osian MacAvoy
converted. Score 12 – 45.
The game ended with a last push from Bracknell in the Welsh half, all to no avail. Both teams are to be congratulated on a fine match of running rugby, with Welsh winning out because of their determined defence from one end of the field to the other.

Chay Bailey (1), Connor Botha (2), Sam Johnson (3), Tom Douglas (4), Ed Couzens (5), Tom Williams (6), Ben Davies (7), Andy Black (8), Hywel Williams (9), Osian MacAvoy (10), Adam Dunne (11), Tololima Savaiinaea (12), Elis Staines (13), Tom James (14), Jacob Butler (15): Gareth Lewis (16), Rhydian George (17), Adam Nixon (18).



Date Time League Season Full Time
January 13, 2024 2:00 pm Regional 1: South Central 2023/24 80'


Lily Hill Park
Bracknell, Bracknell Forest, South East England, England, RG12 2UG, United Kingdom


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