London Welsh secure top four Championship finish

On target: London Welsh fly half Alex Davies slots a second half penalty to put his men 25-14 up at the Athletic Ground

On target: London Welsh fly half Alex Davies slots a second half penalty to put his men 25-14 up at the Athletic Ground

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London Welsh secured a top four Championship finish with a 32-21 triumph at London Scottish on Sunday and for head coach Justin Burnell it was a case of job done.

A Mark Bright try and three penalties - two from James Love and one from Dan Newton - had seen the Scots turnaround 14-12 to the good at the break.

But Welsh head coach Justin Burnell's side - a man down due to Alex Davies yellow card - hit their stride and dominated after the restart.

Number eight Daniel Browne's try led the fight back, which was given momentum by two penalties from the returning Davies.

Scottish replacement Lee Millar scored a fine individual try only for Welsh counterpart Joe Ajuwa to do the same from the restart to complete the scoring.

Welsh were relegated from the top flight season and are targeting a swift return this time around.

And head coach Justin Burnell admitted reaching the play-offs meant his men had negotiated the first hurdle suiccessfully.

"We became dominant in the second half because we got in the right areas and strangled them a little bit," he said. 

"We came to do a job and the first part of our goal setting at the start of the season was to get in the top four.

"We've done that. I'm happy. We are away for a week now and we can come back and build for Jersey, Bristol and Nottingham.

"It is nice to go away knowing we are already in the play-offs."

The result all but ended London Scottish hopes of breaking into the Championship top four.

Winger Miles Mantella reckoned it was the squads responsibility to finish the campaign on a high to begin the building process towards next season.

"It was a bit disappointing because we were in it, but they came out firing in the second half and we didn't," he said.

"We'll pick ourselves up and try and finish the season strongly.

"This is only London Scottish's third season in the Championship, so we are building nicely.

"We'll hopefully finish fifth this year and then we can push on to try and breach the top four." 

 

 

 

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