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- Aviva Premiership
- 16th Sep 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Old Deer Park
- Att: 3,150
Jones delight at maiden win
Exiles boss pleased after promoted side break duck at third attempt
We're a feisty bunch but it does take time. It was important we grew as a team and the win over Exeter, who are a very strong well-drilled side, should improve our confidence.
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Head coach Lyn Jones believes London Welsh should gain in confidence after they secured their first Aviva Premiership victory since promotion.
The Exiles overcame Exeter Chiefs 25-24 at the Kassam Stadium to clinch their first top-flight win at the third attempt.
With less than two minutes left No 8 Ed Jackson rounded off a last desperate surge by forcing his way over for the try which replacement fly-half Seb Jewell converted to win the match.
Welsh were heavily beaten by Leicester and Harlequins in their opening two matches and Jones was delighted to turn things around against Exeter.
He said: "Two weeks seems a very long time ago since we played Leicester here and were found wanting.
"After having such a tough time against Leicester and at Harlequins, we've learned a lot about ourselves.
"We are delighted not just with the result but the performance was so much better."
Jones has been playing catch-up with his team-building and preparations since Welsh won their legal battle to secure promotion to the Premiership.
They looked to be heading towards another setback when they trailed 14-0 after only 11 minutes but turned the game around.
"We didn't fold," Jones continued. "We kept in there and took our opportunities. We showed a lot of character to come back."
But he knows his side are still a work in progress.
"We don't really know where we are yet. We have some players who haven't been in England for four weeks yet," he said.
"We're a feisty bunch but it does take time. It was important we grew as a team and the win over Exeter, who are a very strong well-drilled side, should improve our confidence."
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter, whose side have shocked a number of big-name teams since their promotion to the Premiership in 2010, did not begrudge London Welsh their success.
He said: "We won't be calling a crisis meeting on Monday or calling players in for extra training.
"I think today's more about congratulating London Welsh than worrying about what we did wrong.
"You have to be a decent side to come through the Championship play-off structure and the Premiership is a great place to learn.
"Players and teams get better and London Welsh are doing that. Am I disappointed not to win? Of course I am. We like to win every game of Premiership rugby. I'm probably more disappointed with the way we played, some of the mistakes we made and the way some senior players gave away soft penalties and made wrong decisions.
"We just lost our way. I'm not going to say that over the 80 minutes we deserved to win the game because I'm not sure we did.
"I'm not massively worried about anything because, if there's one thing I know, there's no shame in losing to the promoted side.
"I've seen other Premiership sides lose to Exeter and, all of a sudden, think they need to have a crisis meeting and they can't quite work out why it's crumbling around them.
"We've put in a couple of good performances in the last couple of weeks and we're not a massively different side after today.
"We'll just learn from the things we did wrong, as we do after any other game, and move on."
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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