8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014
By Ed Mezzetti
JOHN Quill enjoyed a dream first start for London Welsh with a brace of tries and a man-of-the-match award.
But having impressed during the 45-7 victory over Jersey, the USA international flanker is simply hoping to stay involved for Welsh’s play-off campaign.
When it was suggested that the match couldn’t have gone much better for him, Quill replied: “I guess so. It was a great win for the team.
“There is still stuff to work on going into the last few games.
“I am definitely pleased with getting a couple of tries, although a lot of the work was done by the big boys.
“I was just lucky to be at the end of them.
“It’s great to get that first start and now I am looking forward to the rest of the games. Hopefully, I will be involved.”
Both Quill’s tries came from driving mauls and the 23-year-old said it was a case of practice makes perfect.
“We have got a big pack and we try to work on our strengths,” he explained.
“We looked at it during the week and worked hard on it and it came off.”
The Exiles visit Bristol tomorrow and then host Nottingham at Old Deer Park before beginning their play-off campaign.
Quill knows he faces a battle to feature in the season’s climax.
“It’s so competitive now, there are a lot of guys putting their hands up for selection, especially for those big games,” he said.
“When you do get the opportunity, you need to take full advantage.”
Although the play-offs are looming on the horizon, Quill said the squad are not thinking about them yet.
“These three games, Jersey, Bristol and Nottingham, are all we are looking at at the moment,” he said.
“The guys are definitely going full out for those because they want to be involved in the play-offs.
“Not until the play-offs come will we be looking at them.
“We have been looking at these three games because we want to be professional about it and we want to win as many games as possible.”
While Welsh raised their game in the second half against Jersey, Quill says they must improve further.
“We were camped on their line for a long time,” he said.
“I don’t know how many scrums there were at the end.
“We maybe could have been a little bit more clinical.
“In the second half, we kicked on. It wasn’t really something that was said in the changing room, it was just something we knew we had to do.”
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