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1st XV - Match centre

Old Merchant Taylors'
Full time
C Tormey, D Wells (2)
P Grehan
P Grehan
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - North West 3

Match Report - OMTs v Welwyn

Welwyn stunned by OMTs in final 20 minutes

Old Merchant Taylors 27-20 Welwyn

Welwyn will be disappointed to have missed out on a win in the opening league game of the season, having led 5-20 with twenty minutes to play, but OMT fielded a strong set of backs including several 7s specialists who were totally dominant in the last period of the match. Fijian right wing Kandola in particular tested Welwyn’s defence throughout and it was a thrilling contest to watch.

A bright and breezy day and a beautiful playing surface suited both sides whose instinct is to move the ball around. OMT started by far the stronger with their scrum being dominant in the early stages of the game. They were rewarded with a try for their right wing after seven minutes. Welwyn’s scrum improved and they managed to get a foothold in the match. After fifteen minutes, a strong run by No 8 Dave Wells created a good opportunity which fly half Callum Tormey took to score out wide. On the half hour, Phil Grehan converted a penalty to give Welwyn the lead at 5-8. Welwyn’s coaching team began to ring the changes and Ben Hunter and Rob Picken replaced Brad Lack and Ash Dobney respectively. Welwyn missed a couple of first half penalty opportunities but on the stroke of half time a solid scrum allowed Harry Gillespie to make a clean break and Dave Wells was on hand to score close to the posts. Grehan converted to leave the half time score at 5-15 to the visitors.

Welwyn started the second half strongly and after eight minutes Dave Wells scored again to increase the lead to 5-20. Welwyn made further changes with Ben Osgood replacing Tormey at fly half and Dave Francis being replaced by the returning Dobney with twenty minutes to play. In the last twenty minutes of the match, OMT suddenly got into their rhythm and Welwyn were faced with wave after wave of running back play. Second row Sinderberry was on the end of one such move to score under the posts to narrow the gap to 12-20. Five minutes later, a mismatch out wide allowed winger Kandola to score in the corner and he repeated the trick only a minute later after a fabulous length of the field move involving excellent support play and one-handed offloads in true 7s style. OMT scored again just before the end to extend their lead to 27-20 and although Welwyn finished the match strongly, they came away with just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.

Welwyn host local rivals Datchworth at home on Saturday in a 15.00 kick-off.

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Key moments

Try Callum Tormey scores for Welwyn
Penalty Philip Grehan kicks a penalty for Welwyn
Try David Wells scores for Welwyn
Conversion Philip Grehan kicks a conversion for Welwyn
Try David Wells scores for Welwyn


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60:00 Try 0 - 20
David Wells scores for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Ben Osgood is substituted on for Welwyn
End of period 1
38:30 Conversion 0 - 15
Philip Grehan kicks a conversion for Welwyn
38:00 Try 0 - 13
David Wells scores for Welwyn
30:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Philip Grehan kicks a penalty for Welwyn
30:00 Sub On
Ben Hunter is substituted on for Welwyn
25:00 Sub On
Rob Picken is substituted on for Welwyn
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Callum Tormey scores for Welwyn
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As it happened

  • Old Merchant Taylors'
  • Welwyn
  • 0
  • Callum Tormey Try 20:00'
  • Rob Picken Sub On 25:00'
  • Philip Grehan Penalty 30:00'
  • Ben Hunter Sub On 30:00'
  • David Wells Try 38:00'
  • Philip Grehan Conversion 38:30'
  • Ben Osgood Sub On 40:00'
  • David Wells Try 60:00'

Team selection

Gillespie, Harry Gillespie, Harry
Turner, Tom Turner, Tom
Grehan, Philip Grehan, Philip
Lack, Brad Lack, Brad
Chandler, Aaron Chandler, Aaron
Tormey, Callum Tormey, Callum
Harcourt, Adam Harcourt, Adam
Wells, David Wells, David
Francis, David Francis, David
Denton, Antonio Denton, Antonio
Dobney, Ashley Dobney, Ashley
Sloan, Christian Sloan, Christian
Atkinson, Dan Atkinson, Dan
Solez, Benjamin Solez, Benjamin
Hopkins, Michael Hopkins, Michael

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Grasshoppers 22 86
2. Welwyn 22 82
3. Stevenage Town 22 76
4. O Streetonians 22 67
5. Verulamians 22 65
6. Kilburn Cosmos 22 63
7. Finchley 22 57

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