Recap

Match Report by Colin Abbott

For this final match of the season the team was made up of familiar faces who had been the mainstay of the last half a dozen games. Jacob Butler came out wearing the number fifteen shirt and Tom Hunt filled Jacob’s place on the left wing.

Welsh kicked off and about twenty phases later Elis Staines scored on the left side of the field. Kicking into the wind Matt Hodgson was unable to convert. Score 5 – 0

About two minutes later Welsh scored again through Jacob Butler after an overlap was created with quick ball from rucks near the Hammers try line. Again the conversion was unsuccessful into the wind. Score 10 – 0

From the kick-off the Hammers spent some minutes in the Welsh half, stringing together many phases ; this came to an end with a pass to the wing going into touch .From the lineout Welsh took control and with some spirited running and daring offloads, Tom Hunt burst through the Hammers line to score a try near the corner. Matt Hodgson unable to convert. Score 15 – 0

After the restart possession tended to go with whichever team last had a penalty, with territory being shared over the whole field. In the set pieces Welsh were dominant in the scrum, whilst the Hammers were cleaner in the lineouts. Nearly at the end of the half the Hammers scored a try after keeping possession through many phases right across the pitch. Try not converted. Score 15 – 5

In the final minutes of the first half Welsh pressed the Hammers defences hard and Dafydd Manley scored. Matt Hodgson was unable to convert. Score 20 – 5

At the start of the second half the Hammers had the best of the first minutes in the Welsh half and scored a try from a rolling maul following a penalty lineout. Not converted. Score 20 – 10

At this point Andy Black came on to replace Chay Bailey. Welsh attacked with some penetrating runs, particularly by Matt Hodgson, and Rhydian George scored, near enough to the centre of the filed for Matt Hodgson to convert the try. Score 27 – 10

Adam Nixon and Lima Savaiinaea came on to replace Hywel Williams and Elis Staines at the restart. The Hammers gained possession soon after the restart and managed to produce an overlap which gave them a try in the corner. Not converted. Score 27 – 15

Chay Bailey came back on to replace an injured Gareth Davies. After the restart Welsh were camped out in the Hammers half and after many phases of play Jacob Butler scored from an easy run-in. Matt Hodgson converted. Score 34 – 15

Soon after the restart Matt Hodgson produced a prodigious kick up-field, way beyond the Hammers defence and into touch; this gave Welsh a lineout only a few yards from the try line and from a stalled rolling maul Adam Nixon sent a pass to the blind side for an accelerating Tom Hunt to dash across the line for a superb try. Matt Hodgson converted. Score 41 – 15

Welsh spent the next ten minutes camped in the Hammers half, mostly inside the ten metre line. A disagreement between some of the players from both teams resulted in a red card for Hammersmith and a yellow card for Welsh. Welsh lost Ed Couzens but he looked very cheerful leaving the field and was given a huge cheer by the spectators. Welsh had earned a penalty and in seconds Lima Savaiinaea had scored. Matt Hodgson converted. Score 48 – 15

From the restart the Hammers probed at the Welsh in the latter’s half but then gave away a penalty when they dropped their front row in a scrum on their own put-in. This was practically speaking, the end of the match.

So Welsh fulfilled the promise of the last couple of months with another crushing defeat of a team which had its own exciting moments. However, the speed of service from rucks and every single player being prepared to carry the ball to the opposition, is giving Welsh opportunities to score at any time; for the opposition every forward moved is contested by the Welsh team, which makes it very difficult to cross the gain line. Hopefully the performance squad will hang on to the vast majority of its players and give us an interesting season next year.

The team: Chay Bailey (1), Gareth Lewis (2), Jack Parkhurst (3), Tom Douglas (4), Ed Couzens (5), Ben Davies (6), Rhydian George (7), Tom Williams (C) (8), Hywel Williams (9), Matt Hodgson (10), Tom Hunt (11), Dafydd Manley (12), Elis Staines (13), Adam Dunne (14), Jacob Butler (15); Replacements – Andy Black, Lima Savaiinaea, Adam Nixon.

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Details

Date Time League Season Full Time
April 6, 2024 3:00 pm Regional 1: South Central 2023/24 80'

Ground

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

Results

ClubPenalty GoalsPoints
London Welsh048
Hammersmith & Fulham015
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