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Jones: Welsh are growing

13 September 2011

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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones believe his team are

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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones believes that the way the Exiles adapted during Saturday’s 34-23 victory over Plymouth Albion at Old Deer Park shows Welsh are “growing” as a team.

The win maintained a winning start to the new Championship season Jones' charges, following on from their opening weekend victory over Leeds Carnegie.

It wasn't easy for the Exiles, though, who had to come from behind against Albion after seeing their 13-3 half-time lead wiped out by 13 unanswered points ealy in the second period.

Welsh snatched back the lead through tries from Greg Bateman and Ed Jackson and, although Gareth Evans drove over for Albion, a second try for no. 8 Jackson secured the points for the home side.

“You have to adapt and readjust and I thought we did that really well in the second half,” said Jones. “I was really pleased - we’re growing.

“Plymouth are a difficult side to play against and they proved that. I thought they were excellent in certain facets of their game.

“They have a unique style of play and make life difficult, but what’s good is that we adapted and showed our ability.

“You’ve got to know how to deal with that, because there’s 20 ways to play rugby. It would be boring if we all played the same way.

Saturday was a great exercise – Jones

“If we’re going to go up to the Premiership and become an effective force we have to be able to deal with teams like this and Saturday was a great exercise. I’m absolutely delighted with the way we came through it.”

Welsh had been given the perfect start when full back Edd Thrower crossed in the second minute, with Will Hurrell adding a second score five minutes before the break.

“We identified at half-time that we were playing a little bit too narrowly from rucks and we just needed to play a little more off ten,” added Jones.

“The players took that on board and I thought Matt Corker and Ed Jackson’s contributions were immense. That’s the best I’ve seen Matt play; he really came through strongly and we put some good rugby together. We planned well and we performed well.”

Welsh now take their unbeaten record to Bedford on Saturday, where Jones knows that another huge test awaits given that the Blues have also won their opening two Championship fixtures.

“Bedford’s going to be a real big challenge for us. It’s going to be interesting to see how we perform,” he continued. “I’m expecting a similar challenge to what Leeds offered us.”