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1st XV - Match centre

St Albans
Welwyn
Full time
A Harcourt (5), D Wells, A Chandler (3), B Lack
R Harcourt (7)
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - North West 3

St Albans 38-64 Welwyn

Thrilling win for 1st XV away at St Albans

Welwyn travelled to St Albans in an optimistic mood with their pack reinforced by the return of heavyweight forwards Will Freeston and Rob Picken. A beautiful playing surface promised much and Welwyn did not disappoint, scoring ten tries, including eight by the wingers as Adam Harcourt ran in five tries and Aaron Chandler contributed three. Rory Harcourt added seven conversions.

Welwyn got off to a fast start and after an attack comprising several phases, Adam Harcourt touched down close to the posts with brother Rory adding the extras. Two minutes later, St Albans were level. Scrum half Will Alcott took a quick tap penalty and with Welwyn retreating he ran unopposed to score under the posts. After ten minutes, St Albans forward Fraser Morris was sin binned for an offside offence and Welwyn took full advantage by running in four tries in the ten minutes that the home team were reduced to 14 men, with No 8 Dave Wells scoring the bonus point try after only 18 minutes of the match. Welwyn added two more tries before half time including one for centre Brad Lack making only his second first team appearance. St Albans reduced the deficit with two tries of their own and after a frenetic first half, the teams turned around with Welwyn leading 45-19.

Whatever was said at half time by the St Albans coaches clearly worked, as they chipped away at the Welwyn lead with strong forward play led by veterans John Sayers and Marcus Shaw. With twenty minutes left to play the home side were dominant in the set pieces and were only 12 points adrift at 38-50. Welwyn emptied their bench bringing on Henry Fee, Ben Osgood and Chris Sloan but were reduced to 14 men when Dan Webb was adjudged to have been the aggressor in a minor disagreement between the teams. A worrying 15 minute spell for the travelling Welwyn faithful was brought to an end when the visitors scored two late tries to run out comfortable winners and move up to second in the table.

There is still much for the Welwyn coaches to work on, particularly in the set pieces, but this was an excellent display by the team and some of the running rugby and support play were quite breath-taking. Welwyn now entertain Old Streetonians at home on Saturday, which on this form should be well worth watching.

Key moments

5:00
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
5:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
10:00
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
10:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
12:00
Try David Wells scores for Welwyn
12:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
15:00
Try Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
18:00
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
25:00
Try Brad Lack scores for Welwyn
25:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
35:00
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
35:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
50:00
Try Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
50:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
60:00
Try Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
60:00
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
70:00
Try Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn

Highlights

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70:00 Try 0 - 64
Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
60:00 Conversion 0 - 59
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
60:00 Try 0 - 57
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
60:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Webb is yellow carded for Welwyn
50:00 Try 0 - 50
Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
50:00 Conversion 0 - 52
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Henry Fee is substituted on for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Christian Sloan is substituted on for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Ben Osgood is substituted on for Welwyn
End of period 1
35:00 Try 0 - 43
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
35:00 Conversion 0 - 45
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
25:00 Try 0 - 36
Brad Lack scores for Welwyn
25:00 Conversion 0 - 38
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
18:00 Try 0 - 31
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
15:00 Try 0 - 26
Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
12:00 Try 0 - 19
David Wells scores for Welwyn
12:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
10:00 Try 0 - 12
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
10:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Adam Harcourt scores for Welwyn
5:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
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As it happened

  • St Albans
  • Welwyn
  • 0
  • Adam Harcourt Try 5:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 5:00'
  • Adam Harcourt Try 10:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 10:00'
  • David Wells Try 12:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 12:00'
  • Aaron Chandler Try 15:00'
  • Adam Harcourt Try 18:00'
  • Brad Lack Try 25:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 25:00'
  • Adam Harcourt Try 35:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 35:00'
  • Henry Fee Sub On 40:00'
  • Christian Sloan Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Osgood Sub On 40:00'
  • Aaron Chandler Try 50:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 50:00'
  • Adam Harcourt Try 60:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 60:00'
  • Daniel Webb Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Aaron Chandler Try 70:00'

Team selection

Gillespie, Harry Gillespie, Harry
Harcourt, Adam Harcourt, Adam
Lack, Brad Lack, Brad
Harcourt, Rory Harcourt, Rory
Chandler, Aaron Chandler, Aaron
Tormey, Callum Tormey, Callum
Alexander, Yourgos Alexander, Yourgos
Wells, David Wells, David
Milton, Josh Milton, Josh
Webb, Daniel Webb, Daniel
Picken, Rob Picken, Rob
Dobney, Ashley Dobney, Ashley
Comben, Daniel Comben, Daniel
Atkinson, Dan Atkinson, Dan
Freeston, William Freeston, William

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# 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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