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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones is keeping his feet firmly on the ground following the Exiles’ victory over Leeds Carnegie on the opening weekend of the new Championship season.

Welsh stunned the title favourites 26-13 thanks to tries from Liam Gibson and Simon Whatling, and 16 points from the boot of fly half Gordon Ross, to repeat their opening weekend of the season victory over Leeds of five years ago.

The Exiles now welcome Plymouth Albion to Old Deer Park on Saturday (3pm), but Jones has warned that one win does not make a season.

“We are absolutely delighted with the victory,” said Jones. “But there was rejoicing and disappointment in the changing room afterwards - pleasure from the victory and the scoreline, but performance wasn’t where we expect it to be.

“I’m sure that we’ll get better as the season goes on, but we have to take into consideration the quality of Leeds’ performance. They got better as the game went on and put us under pressure.

“There were lots of positives and lots of good individual performances. I think we’d have taken 26-13 at the start of the day, so it’s a big well done and a pat on the back, but there’s a long way to go.”

Jones pinpointed the nature of the penalties Welsh conceded as a particular negative, which culminated in Adam Brown’s late yellow card and the Exiles finishing the game under severe pressure.

“When you take that into consideration we have to be pleased with the scoreline,” added Jones.

“People don’t realise how difficult it is to play away from home on the opening weekend, especially when the opposition is keen to move back up to the Premiership having come down.

“There were a number of good areas to our game. We’re trying to play a quicker game but we need to learn how to deal with playing rugby under pressure and fatigue. The boys were quite tired after the game, but when you’re tired you have to learn to be disciplined.”

Having reached the Championship semi-finals for the last two seasons, only to fall agonisingly short to Bristol and the Cornish Pirates, Welsh are eager to go at least one step further this time around.

It’s early days, of course, but Sunday’s result might well have turned one or two heads in the Championship and is sure to have done little to dampen expectations around Old Deer Park. Jones, however, welcomes the added pressure and expectation.

“We’re in this game to play well and to win and part of the process is dealing with pressure and competition,” he said.

“We know we’ve got ambition and there’s nothing wrong with that, and for us to realise it and get where we want, we want more please.”

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