Rugby Union
Welsh suffer late agony against leaders

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 19:11

Rugby Welsh 35 Greyhound 37

Midlands Five West (South)

WELSH fell to an agonising defeat against unbeaten league leaders Greyhound on Saturday when conceding a last minute converted try.

The hosts knew they faced a tough task going into the game, especially considering Greyhound had comfortably beaten them earlier in the season.

However, from the outset the larger Welsh pack took the game to their opposition which seemed to catch them by surprise.

Daz Wade sent a penalty through the posts but the hosts responded with two of their own to edge ahead.

The contest was certainly being hard fought and it threatened to boil over but the referee gave out two yellow cards to try and calm the situation.

This seemed to give Welsh added impetus though and following good work by the forwards, Matty Richards crashed over from short range.

Greyhound proved their attacking threat when scoring a try in the corner from the first real attack but Welsh led 13-11 at the break thanks to a try from a quickly taken penalty from the impressive Adam Bond.

Both sides scored tries in the first five minutes of the second half, Welsh's effort being converted by Wade, and they went on to dominate the next 25 minutes whilst producing some of their best rugby of the season.

Their forwards took the game to the opposition, dominating the scrums and line-outs whilst the backs created plenty of chances, particularly through strong running centres Bond and Reynolds.

Bond scored his second try when fly half Wade spotted a gap on the blind side and Wade scored himself following another impressive forward drive.

That was followed by McLoving following up a long kick ahead to score an opportunist try and with just under 15 minutes left Welsh appeared to be in control.

The tide began to turn slightly though when they lost a player to the sin-bin and Greyhound took full advantage to score two converted tries.

With Welsh beginning to tire the visitors were creating more and more problems and they eventually snatched victory with a converted try at the death.

Welsh had to be satisfied with two losing bonus points but if they can continue the standard of play shown for the majority of Saturday's encounter they will have a successful second half of the season.

Welsh are due to tackle Newbold 2nds in a rearranged Clonwell Cup tie at Alwyn Road on Saturday (2.15pm).

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