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Clive Stuart-Smith column

Clive Stuart-Smith
London Welsh deserve a great deal amount of credit as they defended extremely well and were a lot harder to break down than we had anticipated

After a convincing away win at Otley last weekend, it was important we came back into the club on Monday prepared to work hard as London Welsh were going to be a different proposition.

Chris Budgen was the hat-trick hero and it took a full 12 minutes for him to recount his tries.

What he forgot to allude to however, was that the combined distance of his scores was about two and a half metres.

Josh Drauniniu found this particularly hysterical as he is used to running 250m for his.

Typically the hard work gets done early in the week so when it comes to the weekend everybody is feeling revitalized.

A lot of analysis work gets done on the opposition so we know their strengths and weaknesses and common trends in how they play.

London Welsh have been playing remarkably well and their only two losses were against Leeds and Bedford so we knew it was going to be a big step up physically.

On Friday it is a more relaxed day, talking through our game plan before a final rehearsal of our plays outside on the pitch.

The front row always like to kill a bit of time afterwards with a rather amusing goal kicking display but thankfully it has never been reproduced in a game.

As a squad we were feeling very positive going into the game however things just didn't quite come together for us and unfortunately we couldn't convert our pressure into points.

This week we have a contrasting challenge where we face a long trip up north to play Manchester where we will be looking to eradicate the mistakes made at the weekend and keep building on the positive aspects, but hopefully without too many black eyes or stitches, or both

London Welsh deserve a great deal amount of credit as they defended extremely well and were a lot harder to break down than we had anticipated.

When the final whistle came we were relieved to have won the game 10-3 but also realised that we had missed out on an important bonus point.

It was a very physical game and testament to that were the battered bodies on show afterwards.

This week we have a contrasting challenge where we face a long trip "up north" to play Manchester where we will be looking to eradicate the mistakes made at the weekend and keep building on the positive aspects, but hopefully without too many black eyes or stitches, or both.

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