RUGBY Welsh kept alive their chances of achieving a top-two finish after a bonus-point 47-12 victory over Keresley.
The seven-week interval since their last Midlands 5 West (South) fixture, a 48-12 win over Atherstone, had evidently caused the visitors to start with a bit of rust in their system – falling behind to Keresley’s unconverted try.
Glenn Bond got Welsh back on track with a converted try after showing good strength to burst through the hosts defence in an otherwise turgid first-half.
Angus Wilson showed excellent anticipation to intercept a pass en route to claiming a second try for Rugby – giving his side a 14-5 lead.
Welsh pressed their advantage after the break to go further ahead, as Bond claimed his second of the day, before winger Anthony Reynolds capped off a well-worked move in the corner for the extra bonus point.
Two quick-fire tries from Jack Taylor and second-row Leigh Colledge, added to by Bond’s extra points from the conversions, presented Welsh with an unassailable lead.
Keresley dug in despite being blown away by the relentless Welsh and finished with their second try of the afternoon.
Flanker Loz Galleno had the last laugh, and raced away with a fine solo run to finish between the posts for the final score of the day.
The win sets up for a tantalising fixture against league leaders Birmingham Exiles at Alwyn Road on Saturday (3pm), with just three fixtures left to play.