Team performance helps Welsh to Birmingham Exiles victory - The Rugby Observer

Team performance helps Welsh to Birmingham Exiles victory

Rugby Editorial 5th Oct, 2017   0

RUGBY UNION: WELSH produced a satisfying team performance to clinch their first league victory of the season against a strong Birmingham Exiles side.

Despite inclement weather conditions, an entertaining game took place in front of a good sized VP’s crowd.

The early stages were played at a frantic pace with both teams looking to run the ball at every opportunity.

Both sets of backs looked dangerous, but strong defence initially nullified attacking opportunities.

Welsh took the lead when Adam Bond made a half break giving the opportunity for Anthony Reynolds to step inside his opposite winger and race in for well taken unconverted try.

Exiles then enjoyed a sustained period of pressure, but Welsh’s defence remained firm – although they were forced to give a penalty away which narrowed their lead to 5-3 midway through the half

The Welsh pack then started to control proceedings with their set piece work particularly effective.

Jamie Roche and Leigh Colledge won plenty of lineout balls, but it was at the scrummage that Welsh caused the most problems.

Jason Reynolds scrummaged well in the unaccustomed position of prop, ably supported by Keith Cooper and the returning Wayne Grant.

They pushed back the opposition numerous times with the front five dominating, which led to Welsh’s second try. Angus Wilson provided the conversion.

The second half saw conditions deteriorate further.

But Welsh began the half in similar vein, dominating the forward battle with Roche making a number of powerful runs and proving difficult to stop.

Matty Richards was always at the heart of the action both in attack and defence.

From a five metre lineout, Welsh drove the opposition backwards and the hardworking Lorenzo scored a try.

Injuries then started to affect Welsh as Exiles scored a deserved try for their efforts with the final play of the game.

Welsh are next in action against Barkers Butts Tanners on Saturday afternoon. Kick off is at 3pm.


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