Aviva Premiership: London Welsh beat Worcester to end on a high
Last Updated: 04/05/13 5:09pm
Tom Arscott: Dives over to score for London Welsh
London Welsh claimed a bonus-point win in their last game in the Aviva Premiership, beating Worcester 33-22 at Kassam Stadium.
Already relegated, Exiles ran in four tries for the first time this season to end their Premiership tenure on a high.
The home side started like a train as they were determined to end their one-season stint in the Premiership in style and young winger Dan Caprice rewarded their early enthusiasm with a try inside five minutes as he spotted a gap and outstripped the covering defenders.
And it didn't take long for the Warriors' afternoon to go from bad to worse as Neil Best was yellow-carded and moments later Alfie To'oala found himself in the right place after a driving line-out and crashed over for the hosts' second try.
Gordon Ross added both conversions and a penalty and, despite having Daniel Browne, Kirill Kulemin and Ross sent to the sin bin before half-time, the Exiles managed to make it to the break with a 17-3 lead as the visitors could only muster a solitary Andy Goode penalty in response.
Ross was missing for the opening 10 minutes of the second half after his deliberate knock-on at the end of the first but that didn't seem to hamper London Welsh at all and Tom Arscott dived over after a spell of concerted pressure from the 14 men to extend their advantage.
Ross slotted over another three points on his return to the fray and the hosts sealed their first try bonus point of the campaign soon afterwards as Nick Scott demonstrated some impressive footwork and pace to get past three defenders on his way over the line.
Worcester did mount some form of comeback as Fiji-born former London Welsh winger Josh Drauniniu scored two quick-fire tries in the space of three minutes just before the hour mark.
The 27-year-old showed blistering pace for both scores as he first intercepted a loose pass and streaked away and then sprinted down the centre of the field and shrugged off the challenge of Arscott before touching down. '
Goode converted both tries but the game was up when Chris Jones became the recipient of an astonishing fifth yellow card of the contest and Ross knocked over a late penalty.
Jake Abbott did grab a late consolation try for the Warriors with the final act of the match but it was the London Welsh fans who went home celebrating a fifth top flight victory as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 22
Lyn Jones admits he would like to remain loyal to relegated London Welsh, but the club's board must match his ambitions.
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea is already looking forward to an "incredibly exciting" play-off semi-final at Leicester.
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits his side will have to be "dead, dead right" to beat Harlequins next weekend.