A COMMANDING first half performance helped Rugby Welsh on their way to a comfortable 30-0 home victory over Copsewood in the Midlands 5 West (South) division.
Playing in their new kit thanks to sponsors Shaw Sheet Metal Precision, Welsh were keen to avoid the mistakes they had made against their opponents in November which saw their opponents snatch a narrow 8-5 win.
From the outset the host wanted to move the ball away from their forwards and they were rewarded with a try within a minute as a defensive mistake was capitalised upon and the ball quickly moved to Jack Taylor who scored a try in the corner.
This settled Welsh nerves and they dominated possession and territory with the return of Jamie Roche in the pack strengthening their set piece moves.
Following further pressure Harry Turner scored his first try for the club after impressively crashing over from a five metre scrummage and Angus Wilson increased the lead with a well struck penalty.
Welsh continued to keep to their game plan with Buckland and Taylor always looking dangerous with the ball in the hand. The Welsh pair linked together to create an opportunity for Barry Burrows to score a try in the corner.
The bonus point victory was sealed before half time when Buckland spotted a gap in the midfield defence and raced in under the posts for a ty which Wilson converted.
The second half was a tighter affair as to Copewood’s credit they did not let their heads drop and gave a committed performance throughout.
However Welsh remained in general control and their defence, which has been a strength all season, continued to remain firm.
Welsh created further chances but the only score of the half came in the later stages when winger Ryan Beech capitalised on a defensive error and gave the scoring pass to Jack Taylor for his second try.
A seventh win of the season pushes Welsh one point behind third placed Birmingham Exiles ahead of this Saturday’s trip to league leaders Five Ways Old Edwardians.