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R Harcourt, A Harcourt, Y Alexander, J Milton
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R Harcourt (2)
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Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - North West 3

Welwyn v Datchworth - Match Report

Welwyn recover from a slow start to record their opening win of this league campaign

Welwyn 30 – 20 Datchworth

In an extremely eventful match, Welwyn eventually secured a valuable win against local rivals Datchworth to get their league campaign up and running. As last week, Welwyn’s set piece, and in particular the scrum, struggled in the early part of the match allowing Datchworth to dominate the early exchanges. Welwyn’s only score in the first half hour was a long range penalty from Rory Harcourt whilst Datchworth helped themselves to three unconverted tries from Tom Blackwell and two from the outstanding Stuart Young. After half an hour Welwyn’s coaching team had no alternative other than to make changes up front, bringing on William Freeston and Rob Picken to bolster the pack. This allowed Welwyn to be more competitive at scrum time, although their lineout still struggled at times.

Soon after these changes were made, Welwyn scored their opening try with a free flowing move from within their own half involving Tom Turner and Aaron Chandler. Rory Harcourt was on the end of this to touch down and reduce the gap to 8-15. Only a minute later, Datchworth lost control of the ball in Welwyn’s 22 and Adam Harcourt grabbed the loose ball and sprinted fully 80m along the touchline to score close to the posts. Brother Rory converted to tie the scores at 15-15. Just before half time, Welwyn scored again. Scrum half Yourgos Alexander took a quick tap from a penalty and scored under the posts. Rory Harcourt again converted and, despite struggling to compete in the first half hour, Welwyn remarkably turned round with a 22-15 lead at half time.

Compared with the frenetic activity of the first half, the second half was less eventful. Welwyn increased their lead after 15 minutes when Datchworth lost control of the ball 40m from their line and the ever alert Josh Milton broke through the first tackle and sprinted to the line to increase Welwyn’s lead to 27-15 and give the home team a try bonus point. Welwyn made several changes during the half, bringing back on Dan Atkinson and Chris Sloan for Freeston and Dan Webb, although Freeston was soon to return to the fray replacing Ben Solez. Unfortunately Freeston’s return did not last long as he was sin binned for a high tackle. With Welwyn having exhausted their supply of front row forwards, scrums became uncontested for the remainder of the match and, under the laws of uncontested scrums, Welwyn were reduced to 13 men. Datchworth took advantage of their numerical superiority when a clever cross kick was brilliantly caught by their left winger, who scored in the corner to earn Datchworth a four try bonus point and narrow the4 gap to only 7 points at 27-20. With time virtually up, Welwyn were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, but fully 45m out. Acting skipper Adam Harcourt asked brother Rory to kick at goal and a beautifully struck penalty completed Welwyn’s scoring and denied Datchworth a losing bonus point. Welwyn’s Man of the Match was Yourgos Alexander.

Welwyn will need to work on their set piece in the week, before travelling to St Albans on Saturday for another local derby.

Key moments

Penalty Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn
Try Rory Harcourt scores for Welwyn
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
Try Yourgos Alexander scores for Welwyn
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
Try Josh Milton scores for Welwyn
Penalty Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn


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80:00 Penalty 30 - 0
Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn
80:00 Player of the Match
Yourgos Alexander is awarded player of the match for Welwyn
73:00 Yellow Card
William Freeston is yellow carded for Welwyn
65:00 Sub On
Harry Di-Lieto is substituted on for Welwyn
60:00 Try 27 - 0
Josh Milton scores for Welwyn
End of period 1
39:30 Conversion 22 - 0
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
39:00 Try 20 - 0
Yourgos Alexander scores for Welwyn
30:00 Try 15 - 0
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
20:30 Conversion 10 - 0
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Rory Harcourt scores for Welwyn
15:00 Sub On
Rob Picken is substituted on for Welwyn
15:00 Sub On
William Freeston is substituted on for Welwyn
10:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Welwyn
  • Datchworth
  • 0
  • Rory Harcourt Penalty 10:00'
  • Rob Picken Sub On 15:00'
  • William Freeston Sub On 15:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Try 20:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 20:30'
  • Adam Harcourt Try 30:00'
  • Yourgos Alexander Try 39:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 39:30'
  • Josh Milton Try 60:00'
  • Harry Di-Lieto Sub On 65:00'
  • William Freeston Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Penalty 80:00'
  • Yourgos Alexander Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Gillespie, Harry Gillespie, Harry
Turner, Tom Turner, Tom
Chandler, Aaron Chandler, Aaron
Harcourt, Rory Harcourt, Rory
Harcourt, Adam Harcourt, Adam
Tormey, Callum Tormey, Callum
Alexander, Yourgos Alexander, Yourgos
Wells, David Wells, David
Milton, Josh Milton, Josh
Webb, Daniel Webb, Daniel
Sloan, Christian Sloan, Christian
Dobney, Ashley Dobney, Ashley
Atkinson, Dan Atkinson, Dan
Solez, Benjamin Solez, Benjamin
Comben, Daniel Comben, Daniel

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Verulamians 9 33
2. Grasshoppers 9 33
3. Welwyn 9 31
4. Stevenage Town 9 27
5. O Streetonians 9 26
6. Kilburn Cosmos 9 25
7. Finchley 9 23

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