RUGBY UNION: Burnell is unhappy with slow opening

London Welsh coach Justin Burnell

London Welsh coach Justin Burnell

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Justin Burnell was a far happier man at full-time than at the interval of London Welsh’s victory over Jersey.

The Exiles’ head coach was frustrated with how his side were contained early on, but in the end was able to reflect on a job well done.

“It was very scrappy at times,” said Burnell.

“I think Jersey were allowed to bring it down a couple of levels, which was disappointing because what we want to do on a day like this is just play rugby.

“We managed that and got back into it and six tries later, it was quite pleasing.

“We have got to give them the respect they deserve as we have seen the bottom teams beat the top teams.

“But we should have scored a couple more tries.”

While Welsh were clinical in the second half, Burnell felt they were guilty of forcing the play in the opening period.

“We got carried away with the flow of the game and looking to do too much,” he said.

“I think if we had kept hold of the ball that little bit more, we would have gained more of a momentum.

“In the second half, after we had our chat, we maintained the momentum.”

Burnell added: “It was the eighth win on the bounce, so there is a bit of momentum there, especially with six tries.

“The most disappointing point was that we conceded one. It is not like us.”

Welsh visit leaders Bristol on Friday night, but Burnell said that they were only focusing on that match now.

“We will discuss Bristol on Monday morning,” he said.

“This week was all about what we do against Jersey.”

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