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- 23rd May 2012
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Camborne
Exiles take command
London Welsh dominate first leg agaonst the Pirates
London Welsh shrugged off their off-pitch obstacles to claim a 37-21 victory over the Cornish Pirates in Penzance.
The Exiles went into the first leg of their Championship play-off after hearing they would be denied promotion to the Aviva Premiership even if they prevailed as they had not met minimum standards criteria.
Club officials are still hoping to overturn the decision and the players put themselves in a strong position to take advantage of any U-turn by taking a 16-point advantage back to Oxford's Kassam Stadium for next Wednesday's second leg.
The Pirates, semi-final conquerors of Bristol, justified their favourites' tag by storming into an early lead through a try from wing Gavin Pointer that full-back Rob Cook converted.
But London Welsh then scored 23 unanswered points as wings Joe Ajuwa and Nick Scott touched down for tries converted by Alex Davies, who also added two penalties, while Gordon Ross dropped a goal.
A penalty try awarded by referee Greg Garner against London Welsh's scrum cut the gap to 23-14 just before the interval as Cook converted.
After a scoreless third quarter, Welsh struck twice in two minutes through Hudson Tonga'uiha and James Lewis, which finished off their hosts despite flanker Phil Burgess' consolation effort that Cook improved.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 21st December|
|Nottingham 24 - 3 Doncaster|
|Saturday 20th December|
|London Scottish 17 - 34 Worcester|
|Jersey 13 - 17 Yorkshire Carnegie|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Cornish Pirates 65 - 14 Bedford|
|Bristol 26 - 17 Rotherham Titans|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|Moseley 26 - 27 Nottingham|
|Doncaster 9 - 19 London Scottish|
|Friday 21st November|
|Yorkshire Carnegie 19 - 19 Plymouth Albion|
|Worcester 32 - 29 Jersey|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Plymouth Albion 10 - 22 Worcester|
|Doncaster 13 - 28 Moseley|
|Rotherham Titans 21 - 13 Cornish Pirates|
|Friday 14th November|
|Nottingham 13 - 27 Bristol|
|Bedford 15 - 10 Yorkshire Carnegie|
|London Scottish 38 - 17 Jersey|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Cornish Pirates 13 - 28 Nottingham|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Jersey 19 - 0 Plymouth Albion|
|Moseley 16 - 9 London Scottish|
|Friday 7th November|
|Yorkshire Carnegie 0 - 6 Rotherham Titans|
|Bristol 24 - 12 Doncaster|
|Worcester 42 - 12 Bedford|
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