LiveRUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Jersey

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3:44pm

Full time: Welsh 45, Jersey 7

3:44pm

Jersey hold out at the end.

3:39pm

Welsh are still camped in Jersey's 22

3:35pm

The scrum yields another penalty and a penalty try must be in the referee's mind.

3:33pm

Nick Scott is held up for Welsh, but they go back for another penalty and scrum

3:32pm

Welsh win two quick penalties and opt for a scrum five metres out

3:30pm

Their cause is not helped by a yellow card for Locke

3:29pm

Jersey seem to have run out of steam now and there are still ten minutes left.

3:24pm

The American ran a clever line to score and converted his own try for 45-7

3:23pm

The pressure continues and Toby L'Estrange goes over for Welsh

3:21pm

Welsh are held up as they seek a sixth try

3:18pm

Welsh ring the changes, with Liam O'Neill coming on for his debut

3:10pm

It's Quill again and Davies converts for 38-7

3:09pm

Welsh drive over for try No 5!

3:07pm

Jersey centre Mark McCrea was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on in the build-up to the try

3:06pm

Davies converts for 31-7 and the rout is on!

3:06pm

Within a minute, Matt Corker goes over for Welsh's fourth try!

3:04pm

John Quill gets the touchdown and Davies converts for 24-7

3:03pm

And drive over for their third try

3:03pm

But Welsh earn an attacking line-out

3:02pm

A piece of magic from Hudson Tonga'uiha can't quite put Joe Ajuwa through on the left

2:59pm

Here we go again...

2:58pm

2:54pm

There is definite room for improvement from London Welsh, while Jersey can count themselves a little unlucky to be trailing by ten points.

2:43pm

Half-time: Welsh 17, Jersey 7

2:41pm

Mitch Lees limps off for Welsh

2:40pm

Jersey break well through their lively full back Jack Burroughs, but a knock-on ends their hopes

2:37pm

Jersey have done little wrong, but now look like facing a tough afternoon.

2:34pm

Davies converts for 17-7

2:34pm

Just as I say that, Welsh put together their best move of the match and Tyson Keats goes over!

2:33pm

Jersey are still competing really well, while Welsh are serving up the odd error.

2:28pm

Another attacking line-out for Welsh, but again it ends with Jersey gaining possession.

2:22pm

That has put a totally different complexion on the match and shows Jersey what they have to worry about.

2:21pm

Ajuwa powered through from halfway after a great sidestep and the Jersey defence had no answer!

2:20pm

Davies converts for 10-7

2:19pm

Superb solo try from Welsh's Joe Ajuwa out of nothing!

2:18pm

But Jersey turn the ball over and clear.

2:17pm

Davies finds a good touch from a penalty to give Welsh an attacking line-out

2:14pm

Jersey have started really well and thoroughly deserve their 7-3 lead

2:12pm

Welsh need to wake up!

2:12pm

That was a well-worked try from Jersey, with Locke touching down Penberthy's grubber kick after the visitors had worked a series of penalties

2:11pm

Aaron Penberthy converts for 7-3

2:11pm

Jersey score the opening try through Drew Locke 

2:09pm

They do the same from almost identical spot

2:08pm

Jersey pass up a kickable penalty to go for the corner

2:07pm

Davies slots it. Welsh 3, Jersey 0

2:06pm

The Exiles win a penalty in front of the posts and Alex Davies will kick for goal

2:05pm

But Jersey then steal the line-out!

2:04pm

Welsh awarded penalty at first Jersey scrum - not a great sign for the visitors.

2:01pm

2:00pm

The teams are out, with Jersey in blue and London Welsh in their traditional red.

1:55pm

The Exiles' next match is at their likely main promotion rivals Bristol on Good Friday, but this is their last outing at the Kassam before the play-offs start.

1:49pm

While Welsh have made the play-offs in the oval ball game, Oxford United are looking to get back on the play-off track with the round ball. There will be a parallel live feed for their match at Plymouth Argyle on this website.

1:44pm

Kick-off is at 2pm, which will allow Jersey to catch their flight back to the Channel Islands.

1:40pm

Welsh welcome back centre Hudson Tonga’uiha after a 16-month injury absence, while scrum half Tyson Keats makes his first appearance after re-joining the club.
On-loan Bath lock Will Spencer comes in for his debut.
Jersey make a late change, with captain Alex Rae dropping out.
Ryan Hodson takes over as skipper, with Dave Markham taking Rae’s place at lock and James Voss coming in on the bench.

TEAMS


London Welsh: L’Estrange, Ajuwa, May (capt), Tonga’uiha, Scott, Davies, Keats, Hepburn, Morris, Ryan, Corker, Spencer, Lees, Quill, D Browne.
Reps: Davis, Trevett, Griffiths, Pienaar, Thorpe, J Lewis, O’Neill.
Jersey: Burroughs, Pointer, Locke, McCrea, Dawson, Penberthy, Dudley, Lockwood, Taione, Selway, Campbell, Rae (capt), Buckle, Hodson, Maidment.
Reps: Stratford, Fidler, McCarthy, Markham, Brown, Griffiths, Bishop

1:34pm

Click here to see our preview coverage of today's match http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/sport/rugby/london_welsh/

1:33pm

With Jersey second from bottom, form would suggest a comfortable home win for Welsh, who made nine changes to the side that beat London Scottish two weeks ago.

1:31pm

London Welsh have already made the play-offs, but head coach Justin Burnell has insisted there will be let up in their remaining three league matches.

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