A HARD fought 10-3 home win over Trinity Guild has moved Rugby Welsh to within four points of fourth-placed Keresley in the Midlands 5 West (South) division.
Two tries in the final quarter of the match ensured Welsh’s third win in four matches as their climb up the table continues to build pace.
A recent lack of match practice was perhaps an issue in the opening quarter as Welsh struggled to get into the contest and they were not helped by an early injury to centre Jason Reynolds.
Guild took the lead with a penalty mid-way through the half but whilst they attempted to run the ball with their young backs, the Welsh defence remained firm.
And as the half progressed the Welsh pack began to gain more control. This was particularly apparent at the scrum where they were pushing their opponents back impressively however the home side could not turn their set piece domination into points and were still behind at the break.
The second half saw the Welsh pack maintain their control but some missed opportunities and strong defence continued to keep them at bay.
The hosts recognised that the key to securing victory would be through their forward domination and the breakthrough eventually came mid-way through the second half.
A five metre lineout was impressively taken by Jamie Roche and he was driven over by the whole pack for a try in the corner.
The visitors tried to respond but strong defence with Andy Higham impressive in the back row kept them at bay.
And with the game moving in to the final couple of minutes Welsh clinched the victory when a series of forward drives following a lineout saw Bobby Haddock forcing his way over a well taken try.
Welsh are in action this Saturday when they face Barkers Butts at Alwyn Road.