33 - 57


Match report

Just to set the scene for today’s match, we have London Welsh playing away to the club who are one place higher than them in the league, and who had a ten-point lead on them in the table. Camberley have performed impressively this season, and last season come to that, so they must have been definite favourites to win todays match. However, London Welsh have been really racking up the scores since New Year and have outplayed all their opponents (even Havant, who were outclassed but took every advantage of poor discipline in the Welsh team and stole the match from the Welsh with the last move of the game).

So on to today’s game. The Welsh kicked off; play moved from one half of the field to the other with changes in possession and suddenly Welsh are at the Camberley try line and have scored in the left corner. No idea who scored but I think it was a forward. Less than five minutes played! Matt Hodgson was unable to convert. Score 0 – 5.

Another three minutes later Camberley knocked-on in their half and from the scrum Welsh forwards tied up the Camberley defence, moved the ball out to the backs and Tom Hunt had a fairly easy run in for the second try. This was converted by Matt Hodgson. Score 0 – 12.
Around the ten-minute mark with play going back and forth between the sides, Welsh gave away a penalty in their own half; Camberley played textbook rugby with a rolling maul carrying them over the Welsh try line from the lineout following the penalty. Try converted. Score 7 – 12.

From the kick-off Welsh went on the attack and Elis Staines scored in the left-hand corner from a short run-in. In the face of a strong breeze Matt Hodgson kicked the conversion. Score 7 – 19.
Welsh were really into their stride now and a combination of good handling and fast off-loading gave Matt Hodgson a try, which he converted. Score 7 – 26

With ten minutes of the half still to go Welsh applied pressure whenever they had possession; play concentrated on the few yards near the Camberley line with the ball being recycled in phase after phase, and suddenly Tom Hunt was free and scoring under the posts. Matt Hodgson converted. Score 7 – 33.  In the last minutes of the half play had settled into a routine; Camberley found it very difficult to cross the gain line on their attacks, whereas Welsh players were often making ground in between the phases of their attacks. The honours were about even in the lineout and the scrums. Immediately before half-time Welsh had pushed up to only a yard from the Camberley try line, but disappointingly knocked the ball on.

Only two minutes into the second half the Camberley scrum took one against the head and ran in a try from about ten yards out. Converted. Score 14 – 33.  The next score was a penalty to the Welsh in front of the posts, following pressure in the Camberley half. Matt Hodgson scored. Score 14 – 36. Only a couple of minutes later Camberley scored again as a result of some serious pressure in the Welsh half. Not converted. Score 19 – 36.  Ossama Aslam replaced Sam Johnson. Welsh took charge from the kick-off and some excellent passing and slick off-loads resulted in Matt Hodgson scoring under the posts. Matt converted the try. Score 19 – 43.

Adam Nixon came off to be replaced by Hywel Williams at scrum-half. Camberley were playing a more determined game now and repeated their earlier score, with a rolling maul crossing the Welsh line after winning a line-out five yards from the try line. Converted. Score 26 – 43.  Ben Davies substituted for Ossama Aslam at the restart. With Camberley providing tougher opposition the game swung back and forth between the halves. At the end of a series of phases with Welsh besieging the Camberley line, Tom Douglas crossed for a try, converted by Matt Hodgson. Score 26 – 50.

Within about a minute Welsh scored again when they capitalised on a Camberley passing error and Tom Hunt snaked his way through from forty yards out to score. Matt Hodgson converted. Score 26 – 57.  By now Camberley were in complete control of scrums and Welsh conceded a couple of penalties at the scrum; Camberley capitalised on the disruption to the Welsh forwards and scored again. Converted. Score 33 – 57

So ended another exciting game.
The team: Chay Bailey (1), Connor Botha (2), Sam Johnson (3), Tom Douglas (4), Ed Couzens (5), Andy Black (6), Rhydian George (7), Tom Williams (8), Adam Nixon (9), Matt Hodgson (10), Jacob Butler (11), Dafydd Manley (12), Elis Staines (13), Adam Dunne (14), Tom Hunt (15). Replacements: Ossama Aslam, Ben Davies, Hywel Williams.



Date Time League Season Full Time
March 23, 2024 3:00 pm Regional 1: South Central 2023/24 80'


Watchetts Recreation Ground
Ground Park Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2SR


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