21st Oct, 2020

Pulford shines as Welsh boost silverware hopes

Ben Tyler 19th Mar, 2020

RUGBY Welsh secured their place in the final of the Clonmell Cup.

Though the RFU have put all rugby action on hold because of the coronavirus, Welsh’s dominant 38-3 victory over Daventry Seconds will give the Midlands Five West (South) outfit the chance of silverware when play eventually resumes.

Following a first half in which both sides were locked in a real battle for territory, Rugby really came to the fore in the second period.

Lloyd Pulford was a particular shining light during this phase, carrying the ball well on the counter attack at full back, while forwards Adam Bond and Todd Spencer were never too far away from the action.

A run from Leigh Colledge that was halted just before Daventry’s try line was the closest that the visitors came to breaking the deadlock.

But the move gave Welsh renewed confidence, and they went in front through two penalties from Glenn Bond.

While Daventry added their only points of the game with a penalty of their own, a third punt between the posts from Bond before half-time extended Rugby’s advantage.

Rugby cranked up the tempo after the interval and led to Jack Taylor scoring in the corner to put them 14-3 ahead.

A second try of the afternoon soon followed, this time from centre Ricky Reed, with Bond adding the conversion.

While Daventry plugged away in search of a comeback, Welsh’s momentum took them deep into the hosts’ half time and again.

It was no surprise then when they scored again, Jamie Roche going over from close range, followed by a wonderful move that was finished by Taylor for his second of the afternoon.

A final touchdown, scored by Matty Richards and converted by Bond, put the gloss on a memorable victory.

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