Home team Away Team

Cornish Pirates

  • Penalty, Pointer, Burgess,
    Conversions: Cook (3),
21 - 37

London Welsh

  • Tonga'uiha, Lewis, Ajuwa, Scott,
    Penalty goals: Davies (2),
    Drop goals: Ross,
    Conversions: Davies (4),

Exiles take command

London Welsh dominate first leg agaonst the Pirates

Last updated: 5th July 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Joe Ajuwa

Joe Ajuwa: Impressed throughout for the Exiles

James Lewis

James Lewis: Scored a second-half try for London Welsh

Related links


Also see

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.
Forthcoming The Champion'p Fixtures
The Champion'p
Friday 7th November
The Championship
19:45Bristol vs Doncaster
19:45Worcester vs Bedford
20:00Yorkshire Carnegie vs Rotherham Titans
Saturday 8th November
12:00Moseley vs London Scottish
15:00Jersey vs Plymouth Albion
Sunday 9th November
15:00Cornish Pirates vs Nottingham
Friday 14th November
19:45Bedford vs Yorkshire Carnegie
19:45Jersey vs London Scottish
20:00Nottingham vs Bristol
Saturday 15th November
14:00Rotherham Titans vs Cornish Pirates
14:30Doncaster vs Moseley
17:00Plymouth Albion vs Worcester
Friday 21st November
19:45Worcester vs Jersey
20:00Yorkshire Carnegie vs Plymouth Albion
Saturday 22nd November
14:30Doncaster vs London Scottish
15:00Moseley vs Nottingham
Sunday 23rd November
15:00Cornish Pirates vs Bedford
15:00Bristol vs Rotherham Titans
Saturday 20th December
14:30Jersey vs Yorkshire Carnegie
15:00London Scottish vs Worcester
Sunday 21st December
15:00Nottingham vs Doncaster
Friday 26th December
14:00Rotherham Titans vs Moseley
15:00Bedford vs Bristol
Saturday 27th December
14:30Yorkshire Carnegie vs Worcester
15:00Plymouth Albion vs Cornish Pirates

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com