RUGBY UNION: AN EFFICIENT performance against a traditionally difficult opponent saw Rugby Welsh beat Atherstone 32-7 on the road in the Midlands 5 West (South).
Saturday’s match kicked off 30 minutes late due to the referee going to Alcester rather than Atherstone but Welsh were quickly on the front foot and generally dominated proceedings.
Their pack forced their opposition to give numerous penalties away at the scrummage and lineout whilst the packs were always solid in defence.
Adam Bond returned to action with a strong performance and opened the scoring following a typically powerful run to score an unconverted try. Angus Wilson, who has made a quick recovery form an ankle injury, kicked a well struck penalty and then converted a try from Matty Richards who crashed over following a driving lineout.
Jason Reynolds then increased the Welsh lead with a well taken try converted by Wilson. Atherstone were committed throughout and narrowed the gap with an unconverted try before half time.
The second half saw Chris Grant score a well taken try after being unlucky not to score earlier in the game following a well worked move from first phase possession.
Welsh had further opportunities but were unable to score again until late in the game when Jack Taylor, as creative as ever at fly half, scored a deserved try which Wilson converted.
A solid performance which they will hope to build on this Saturday when they face a difficult challenge against champions Burbage in their last league game of the season at Alwyn Road.