We kick off 2019 by welcoming Tabard to Old Deer Park. London Welsh, with 52 league points, currently sit seven points clear at the top of London 3 North West whilst Tabard hold 4th place having notched up 42 points thanks to nine wins and six bonus points.
London Welsh visited Tabard in Round 3 of the league and whilst the 26-18 win secured a bonus point the weather, and a tenacious Tabard pack, made it a challenging encounter. Welsh had opened up a 21-3 lead at half time thanks to tries by Tim Ross, Sam Mahoney and Ben Cullen plus two conversions by Lloyd Davies and one from Jonathan Williams. Alex Laybourne’s second half try earned the bonus point but three tries in the last ten minutes left Tabard tantalisingly close to a losing bonus point.
Tabard have since gone on to have the best form in the league winning eight of their subsequent nine games, the only defeat being a 20-15 loss at Harrow. In the final round of matches before the Christmas break Tabard beat Verulamians 29-10 with a bonus point. Teddy Gough, Jonny Aquila, Will James, Jack Reilly and Aaron Priscott all ran in tries. Their winning run has included victories over Old Streetonians, Datchworth, Stevenage and Old Merchant Taylors’ making Tabard strong contenders for one of the two promotion spots.
The London Welsh supporters that travelled to Kilburn in mid-December for the 50-0 win may only just have warmed up and dried out but they witnessed some excellent rugby in torrid conditions. Eight tries, five conversions and a strong defence giving the biggest win and the first clean sheet win of the season.
Kick off this Saturday is at 2pm. Bar open, hot food available for purchase.
Admission is FREE!
Also on Saturday: London Welsh Druids v HAC 3s. KO 1.30pm at ODP and London Welsh Occies travel to West London RFC (2pm KO).
London Welsh Women RFC are away at Windsor Ladies on Sunday.
London 3 North West Fixtures on Saturday 5th January
(Current league positions in brackets)
Finchley (11) v Royston (10)
Datchworth (3) v Kilburn Cosmos (9)
Old Merchant Taylors’ (6) v Old Streetonians (2)
Verulamians (12) v Harrow (7)
Stevenage Town (5) v Cheshunt (8)
London Welsh (1) v Tabard (4)