RUGBY UNION: London Welsh must go on attack, says Kirwan

Kirwan looks on ruefully after being sin-binned in London Welsh’s play-off semi-final win over Leeds. The flanker knows his side must keep their discipline in the second leg of the final at Bristol next Wednesday

Kirwan looks on ruefully after being sin-binned in London Welsh’s play-off semi-final win over Leeds. The flanker knows his side must keep their discipline in the second leg of the final at Bristol next Wednesday

First published in Rugby Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

CarlL Kirwan insists London Welsh will focus on beating Bristol again rather than defending their aggregate lead.

The Exiles’ 27-8 Greene King IPA Championship final first-leg victory at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium means they will take a 19-point lead to Bristol next Wednesday.

A solid defensive peformance at the Memorial Stadium might be enough to secure Welsh a return to the Aviva Premiership.

But flanker Kirwan, who scored the Exiles’ third try on Wednesday, said: “We want to win each game.

“If we win both of these, it’s done. Our focus is just on winning.

“We will put the first leg behind us. It’s job done and we move on.”

Asked if having such a good lead now put more pressure on Welsh for the return leg, Kirwan replied: “I don’t think it does.

“Bristol will still be the favourites at their place.

“We can take great satisfaction from the first leg, but Bristol at the Memorial Ground are a different team.

“They are always going to be physical, they are always going to be a hard team.

“We have got to get back into training, work even harder and look at our discipline again and just not let them into the game.

“They are not going to be happy with that.

“I imagine they will have a really tough week and come flying out of the blocks next week.”

Kirwan cut a dejected figure after being sin-binned in Welsh’s semi-final second leg at home to Leeds as his side looked like crashing out.

But the stirring comeback that followed led to a far better display in defeating Bristol.

“Discipline has been the big thing we have talked about after the Leeds game,” said Kirwan.

“They have not really been too soft on me with the yellow card.

“We have worked hard on that area, but there were still a few stupid penalties, which could have cost us points.”

Kirwan’s try was one of two Welsh scored from clinical driving mauls.

“It’s always good to get in the scoring act, but all credit to the forwards, it was a great drill,” he said.

“We scored from two driving mauls, which obviously shows something is going right in that area.

“That’s just the big boys working hard up front. I have got to give that one to them really.

“It’s something we have worked on all week and a big part of our game.

“It’s a bonus to see it coming off.”

Latest Sport news

Fernandes hits back in Caterham row

Oxford Mail: The prospect of seeing a Caterham in action in the United States next weekend is fast receding

12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tony Fernandes has accused the consortium behind Caterham of failing to honour their obligations as a public feud between the two parties has descended into a war of words.

Morris cuts short Oxford United loan and returns to Norwich City

Oxford Mail:

12:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

CARLTON Morris has ended his loan at Oxford United and returned to parent club Norwich City.

Update: Caterham F1 staff have been locked out of West Oxfordshire base

Oxford Mail:

10:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THERE are reports Caterham F1 staff have been locked out of the West Oxfordshire site this morning.

Hot-shot Danny Hylton on a high at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

DANNY Hylton thinks he is playing the best football of his career after a brace for Oxford United on Tuesday night made it ten goals for the season already.

ATHLETICS: Comeback queen Sophie Carter regains Abingdon Marathon crown

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sophie Carter showed her injury problems were fully behind her with a dominant victory at the Milton Park Abingdon Marathon.

ICE HOCKEY: Stars slip to double defeat

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Oxford City Stars remain rooted to the foot of the South Division 1 table after suffering back-to-back defeats.

ATHLETICS: 'Retired' Yamauchi shines

Oxford Mail: Mara Yamauchi

8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Oxford's Mara Yamauchi showed she is not taking her retirement too lightly with an impressive display at the Cabbage Patch 10 in Twickenham.

James Lewis hoping London Welsh win can ignite season

Oxford Mail:

7:50am Thursday 23rd October 2014

JAMES Lewis says a first win will make all the difference to London Welsh’s season.

RUGBY UNION: Flanker Jones eyes Wasps pro deal

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Oxford University flanker Gus Jones is determined to make a career with their most recent opponents Wasps.

RUGBY UNION: Welsh coach rings changes for Bordeaux

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

London Welsh make ten changes, two of which are positional, for tonight’s game against Bordeaux Begles at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium (7.45pm).

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree