Cruel defeat to take for battling Rugby Welsh - The Rugby Observer

Cruel defeat to take for battling Rugby Welsh

Rugby Editorial 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

FOR the second time this season Rugby Welsh lost in the cruellest possible way after visitors Copsewood snatched an 8-11 win with the last kick of the game.

The home side began slowly and were soon behind when a series of forward drives created an unconverted try for the Coventry-based side.

Welsh began to work their way back into the match and tried to play a similar brand of rugby which has delivered much success in recent weeks.

They soon began to test the opposition defence and narrowed the gap with a penalty from Guy Shaw.

Welsh created further chances in the first half but could not take advantage of their opportunities and went into half-time 5-3 down.

The second half followed a similar pattern as to Copeswood’s credit they competed well at the set pieces and nullified Welsh’s midfield attack.

Anthony Reynolds was unlucky not to score when only a last ditch cover tackle prevented the try.

Copeswood used the wind effectively to clear their lines which meant Welsh often having to attack from within their own half. The home side began to get more frustrated and went further behind following a Copeswood penalty.

However this score stirred the Welsh forwards into action and from a five metre lineout they drove the opposition backwards and Ross Mawby crashed over for the try to level the scores with fifteen minutes left.

Both sides had penalty chances to take the lead but the game seemed to be heading for a draw as the weather worsened again. But Copeswood were awarded a penalty and the visitors’ number eight scored from 45 metres near the touchline to seal victory with the last kick of the game.


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