RUGBY Welsh top Midlands Five West (South) after returning from Redditch with all four points in a 22-12 victory.
It was Welsh’s fourth away win in as many games, and their fifth overall, in a match that the visitors controlled against respectable opposition.
Welsh were tasked with handling a large Redditch pack and held firm, eventually being rewarded for their resolute defence when Glenn Bond successfully kicking a penalty between the posts after the hosts had a player sin-binned.
Jack Taylor extended the lead mid-way through the half after bursting through the Redditch defence to finish in the corner, allowing Bond to convert the extras from a tight angle.
Stand-out performer Robin Tyerman excelled in his defensive and offensive duties and also finished the half with a try to his name, again converted by Bond.
Redditch emerged from the changing rooms with a point to prove and made inroads to reducing the deficit.
Rugby continued to stand strong despite this extra pressure, but they eventually succumbed into surrendering two tries – one of which was converted.
With just five minutes remaining, the result was put beyond doubt when Taylor applied the after-burners out wide to reach the touchline for an unconverted try.
Welsh were scheduled to face Trinity Guild this Saturday, until their opponents withdrew from the league.
A replacement game is being sought, with details to be published on the club’s website.