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Russell's double keeps Welsh in the hunt

22 February 2012

  • Try scoring Russell puts the points on rivals London Scottish
  • We’ll be out to win both games coming up says flanker
London Welsh's Ben Russell

Photo: RFU archive

Ben Russell is probably wishing he could play at the Athletic Ground every week given his try record against London Scottish this season.

The London Welsh flanker has now scored four tries in two appearances against Scottish there, including a brace in last Sunday’s 29-22 victory to keep Lyn Jones’ side in the chase for a top three finish.

Although delighted to cross twice, Russell, who arrived at Old Deer Park in 2010 after spells with Saracens and Racing Metro, was more concerned with Welsh’s team performance with the Championship play-offs just around the corner.

“We played really well at times and had them in all sorts of trouble but we turned the ball over a bit too much,” he said.

“I don’t know if the boys had their minds on three games in a week, but it was good to get the win and the bonus point. We’re letting teams come back into it. We need to get out of our half, play the territory and make the opposition score from their own half.

“It was a little bit closer than we’d have liked, but I thought we stuck in well at the end. It was a local derby and they were up for it. If we play like we can, and as we did in fits against Scottish, I think we’ll go alright.”

We’re getting a bit more of an attacking style together - Russell

And if Sunday is anything to go by then Welsh need have few worries when it comes to their attack, with the visitors looking dangerous with ball in hand as they crossed for four well executed tries.

“When we actually put the phases together they couldn’t handle our attack," said Russell. "We touched the ball twice in the second half and scored twice, and from deep as well.” 

“Our attack was good and I think this will lead into Wednesday quite well. We’re getting a bit more of an attacking style together – just trying to change it up a bit.”

The play-offs may be fast approaching, but with Welsh welcoming Doncaster Knights to Old Deer Park on Wednesday (February 22) before rounding off the regular season at home to Leeds Carnegie on Saturday, there’s little time to be thinking about the play-offs just yet.

Russell added: “We’ve got three games in a week and they’re important games. We’ll be out to win both of the games coming up. The boys know the play-offs are coming and it’s a bit of a cliché but you take each game as it comes.

“We know we’ve got to beat Doncaster and Leeds at home and hopefully that will set us up well to get us in a good pool for the play-offs. Then it will be the serious part of the season – the business end.”