Sunday, 2 September 2012

Tigers Topple Taffs

Tigers strolled home to a 38-13 win as London Welsh hosted them in their new home, the Kassam Stadium.  Tigers burst out of the blocks to take a 17-0 lead with two Waldrom tries, the first coming after excellent passes by Tom Youngs and Geoff Parling to put away Waldrom in the corner the second a more standard catch and drive. 

Welsh pegged them back with the next 2 tries through Tom Arscott and Hudson Tonga'uiha.  Arscott through a terrific dummy before coolly finishing.  On the stroke of half time Tonga'uiha picked the ball up, blatently from the middle of the ruck, and charged over the line.  Why the referee decided to ignore the off side line will go down as one of life's mysteries.

Tigers bounced back after the break though to seal the win.  Good build up work by Manu Tuilagi formed a ruck in the Welsh 22, slick passing culminating with Tony Allen utilising a fijian flip to put Geoff Parling to the line.

The bonus point try was secured after 48 minutes by Julian Salvi picking and going after a ruck formed from a Tom Youngs burst.  The 5th and final try went to Flying Fijian winger Vereniki Goneva who tipped toed his way down the line after Scott Hamilton drew in the last defender.    

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