It was a pleasure to watch two teams play a hard fought draw in the glorious September sunshine.
Mids West 5 outfit, Rugby Welsh were a well drilled outfit but the youngsters bolstered by a powerful front row of Brown, Withers and Deane, held their own and despite being down to 14 men late on took the lead until the Welsh scored a very good try in the last play and the result balanced on their Fly Half’s conversion from out wide, this he expertly converted to end the game on 26 points each. A fair result !
Some very good tries from Centre Chris Waller, Full Back Matt Willemson , two from Will Hayward and conversions from Matt Rossi made it nearly a perfect start to the season.
Man of the match, agreed by everyone was Matt Priest, playing at Open side, he was literally everywhere.
Captains Words ;
“Positive start to the season for the Dev XV with a good mix of youth and experience. There was some solid set piece, especially the scrum, and it was encouraging to see the work done in pre-season being implemented successfully and effectively. A good first game with lots to build on for the coming season.
I’ll remember to bring my hands with me next week! “