Match Report: London Welsh v Grasshoppers

Seniors: First XV: 9th November 2019

London Welsh 15 – 0 Grasshoppers. Frustration for The Hoppers as League leaders London Welsh hosted an intense clash in torrid conditions - as we honoured the fallen on Remembrance Day weekend. With Welsh playing to defend an unbeaten record, The G’s were keen to bring that to an end and maintain their position at 3rdplace in the league. An impressive turnout of fans on both sides (800 in total) meant all was to play for in the South West London derby. With skipper Callum McCormack returning to the starting line-up Grasshoppers came out strong, proving to be the better of the two sides early on. With the rain and slight hill against them The G’s were forced to change tact from their typical fast-break rugby, and were successful in playing conservatively for territory and possession. Impressive set piece from Grasshoppers forwards and some tactical kicking from the backs kept Welsh advances to a minimum. However, unable to reach the London Welsh try line or convert an early 3-point opportunity, The G’s diligent team effort didn’t amount to anything on the scoreboard. They eventually lost the upper-hand as Welsh mounted a counter attack from 50 metres that put them over for a first try. The final portion of the half went to them as G’s conceded two penalties allowing Welsh to convert a further 3 points and end the half 10-0. With renewed determination after the break, The G’s started the 2nd half with their heads screwed back on and were straight into the opposition 22. The weather forced errors in equal amounts for both sides, and a lot of time was spent there before Welsh cleared their lines and Grasshoppers were again sent away without getting onto the scoreboard.   Welsh were able to re organise and put themselves on the front foot, and The G’s spent the next 20 minutes defending waves of attack. A few key turnovers won by James Kent kept them in game for a while, but unfortunately G’s conceded a string of penalties leading to a 2ndtry for London Welsh as they scrummed over the line, capitalising on a yellow card in the Grasshoppers front row. G’s battled for the final ten minutes and were able to manage a more exciting spell of rugby, albeit in vein as the game ended 15-0. An unfortunate result for the visitors but heads were held high after a valiant effort despite the conditions. One to watch for the return game at Syon Lane in February.

Recruitment

Grasshoppers Rugby is always recruiting players of all standards to join our great club. We boast fabulous facilities consisting of 3 pitches (all floodlit). The main pitch is an AGP 3G surface which is used for training and league fixtures.

We boast an excellent on site purpose built gym for the use of all our players.


We have a great coaching team, with Clive See as Head Coach ably assisted by Munster man Asst Head & Defence Coach, Jerry Hedigan and Backs Coach Sean Connor, all with a wealth of coaching experience. We are also fortunate to have Mike Cudmore assisting as a Forwards specialist Coach.

In addition, and ongoing throughout the season, we have a specialist Rugby Strength & Conditioning Coach, Stuart Aimer, vastly experienced working at International 7s level.

If you are interested in joining a friendly but ambitious club then please turn up on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
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Alternatively call, message or e-mail 
Director of Rugby, Juan Murray,  on 07956116016 
mail: juanmurray67@icloud.com 

* Due to the current COVID 19 situation Pre-season Training (in line with the RFU's Return to Rugby Roadmap) will start on Saturday 18th July 2020 at 11.00 am to 12.30pm, under strict hygiene conditions.
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