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1st XV - Match centre

Verulamians
Welwyn
Full time
D Wells, H Gillespie, D Comben, R Harcourt, A Chandler, A Dobney, R Picken
R Harcourt (4)
R Harcourt
Sat 11 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - North West 3

Verulamians 8 – 46 Welwyn

Welwyn secured their second away win of the season with an impressive bonus-point victory against top of the table Verulamians.

Welwyn kicked off with the slope and took an early lead after a minute with a Rory Harcourt penalty after an infraction at the breakdown. Verulamians had an opportunity to equalise almost immediately, but pulled their penalty wide, the first of three kickable penalties missed.

After 5 minutes Welwyn scored their first try, a Verulamians lineout was overthrown and David Wells gratefully took advantage to score, with Rory Harcourt adding the extras. Welwyn’s second try came a few minutes later from within their own half as Harry Gillespie spotted a mismatch in the backline and sprinted to score in the corner, just evading the full back’s covering tackle. Welwyn continued to press Verulamians in both attack and defence, and with the Verulamians kickers off-form were able to keep the pressure on, and this eventually told with Dan Comben and Rory Harcourt both scoring converted tries.

Verulamians did manage to get on the score sheet before the half with a penalty from an offside. Towards the end of the half, Harry Di-Lieto was sent to the bin, committing the first infraction after a team warning. He was joined on the stroke of half time by a Verulamians player. Welwyn took a 29-3 lead at half time, having already secured the 4-try bonus point.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with Welwyn’s aggressive defence and powerful attack causing Verulamians many problems. Aaron Chandler scored the fifth try, before Ashley Dobney scored from a rolling maul at the lineout. Welwyn’s final try came courtesy of Rob Picken after a line break from Josh Milton and a quick ruck. Verulamians ended the game well, playing in Welwyn’s 22 and scoring a consolation try in the corner and almost a second try, but the winger ran out of space, downing the ball on the touch in goal line.

The final score was 8-46, with Dan Comben awarded Man of the Match. Welwyn are now just 2 points behind the joint league leaders Verulamians and Grasshoppers. Welwyn have a break from the league next weekend when they travel to Aylesford for the RFU Senior Vase.

Daniel Comben

Player of the Match

Daniel Comben

Key moments

1:00
Penalty Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn
5:00
Try David Wells scores for Welwyn
5:30
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
15:00
Try Harry Gillespie scores for Welwyn
25:00
Try Daniel Comben scores for Welwyn
25:30
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
35:00
Try Rory Harcourt scores for Welwyn
35:30
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
50:00
Try Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
60:00
Try Ashley Dobney scores for Welwyn
70:00
Try Rob Picken scores for Welwyn
70:30
Conversion Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Comben is awarded player of the match for Welwyn
70:30 Conversion 0 - 46
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
70:00 Try 0 - 44
Rob Picken scores for Welwyn
60:00 Sub On
james parr is substituted on for Welwyn
60:00 Try 0 - 39
Ashley Dobney scores for Welwyn
50:00 Try 0 - 34
Aaron Chandler scores for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Ashley Dobney is substituted on for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Dan Atkinson is substituted on for Welwyn
End of period 1
35:30 Conversion 0 - 29
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
35:00 Try 0 - 27
Rory Harcourt scores for Welwyn
35:00 Yellow Card
Harry Di-Lieto is yellow carded for Welwyn
25:30 Conversion 0 - 22
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
25:00 Try 0 - 20
Daniel Comben scores for Welwyn
15:00 Try 0 - 15
Harry Gillespie scores for Welwyn
5:30 Conversion 0 - 10
Rory Harcourt kicks a conversion for Welwyn
5:00 Try 0 - 8
David Wells scores for Welwyn
1:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Rory Harcourt kicks a penalty for Welwyn
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As it happened

  • Verulamians
  • Welwyn
  • 0
  • Rory Harcourt Penalty 1:00'
  • David Wells Try 5:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 5:30'
  • Harry Gillespie Try 15:00'
  • Daniel Comben Try 25:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 25:30'
  • Rory Harcourt Try 35:00'
  • Harry Di-Lieto Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 35:30'
  • Ashley Dobney Sub On 40:00'
  • Dan Atkinson Sub On 40:00'
  • Aaron Chandler Try 50:00'
  • james parr Sub On 60:00'
  • Ashley Dobney Try 60:00'
  • Rob Picken Try 70:00'
  • Rory Harcourt Conversion 70:30'

Team selection

Gillespie, Harry Gillespie, Harry
Harcourt, Adam Harcourt, Adam
Chandler, Aaron Chandler, Aaron
Harcourt, Rory Harcourt, Rory
Scofield, Liam Scofield, Liam
Di-Lieto, Harry Di-Lieto, Harry
Alexander, Yourgos Alexander, Yourgos
Wells, David Wells, David
Milton, Josh Milton, Josh
Webb, Daniel Webb, Daniel
Picken, Rob Picken, Rob
Sloan, Christian Sloan, Christian
Comben, Daniel Comben, Daniel
Fee, Henry Fee, Henry
Freeston, William Freeston, William

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Grasshoppers 11 43
2. Verulamians 11 42
3. Welwyn 11 41
4. Stevenage Town 11 36
5. Kilburn Cosmos 11 34
6. O Streetonians 11 28
7. Cheshunt 11 25

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