Hoppers double up at Welwyn

Seniors: First XV: 11th January 2020

Welwyn 33 41 Grasshoppers
Gs travelled to Welwyn with high hopes of doubling their away win record and achieving home and away wins over todays opposition. Welwyn kicked off the match playing down the slope and were soon in Gs 22, from a ruck they picked up the ball to run through unopposed for a converted try after 5 minutes. From the restart Gs were soon in Welwyn’s half, and pressing forward in Welwyn’s 22, and in a very similar manner to Welwyn Jasper Rose picked up from a ruck to run in for a try – converted by Stand Off Jason Lee to level the score 7-7 after 10 minutes. After a brief spell of Welwyn pressure Gs broke clear to take play into Welwyn’s 22 and Gs forward pressure resulted in a try by Arron Sheehan – unconverted after 20 minutes to take the lead 7-12. From the restart it was now Welwyn that were applying all the pressure and from a series of scrums on G’s 5 metre line they eventually picked up the ball to run in a converted try after 25 minutes to retake the lead 14-12. Gs were soon back in Welwyn’s half applying their own pressure attacking Welwyn’s line and following a lineout Jason Lee popped a grubber kick through the advancing defence for Callum McCormack to gather and touch down for a try – unconverted after 30 minutes to retake the lead 14-17. From the restart Gs were soon on the front foot and with a good break from Callum McCormack and off load, Louis Brown ran in a try – converted by Jason Lee after 35 minutes to extend their lead to 14-24 and secure a Bonus Point. This was to be the Half Time score. From the kick-off Gs were soon back on the score board with Jasper Rose scoring his 2nd try – unconverted after 42 minutes. Gs were now in the ascendancy and beginning to play some fine running rugby keeping Welwyn pinned down in their 22, resulting in a try from Harry Hancock – unconverted after 55 minutes to extend their lead to 14-34. Gs were now in full flow and Blaise Salle powered over for a try between the posts – converted by Jason Lee after 60 minutes to take the score to 14-41.  But from the restart Gs were getting overconfident and with some overexuberant passing allowed Welwyn to run in a try – converted after 65 minutes to reduce Gs lead to 21-41. Welwyn were now re-energised by their score and pressing G’s line to run in a further try – converted after 68 minutes for their own Bonus Point, Welwyn now in belief that a comeback looked on continued to press, but Gs defence held firm, although with what proved to be the final play of the game Welwyn scored a further try – unconverted to bring the match to a close with a Gs win 33-41.

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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.

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