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Your News London Wlesh must be more clinical says Jones

London Welsh must learn to take their chances if they are to challenge when the Championship reaches the business end of the season.

That was the message of Exiles head coach Lyn Jones after watching his side lose 22-18 defeat to Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Saturday, and with it slip to a first league defeat of the season.

“I thought we dealt quite comfortably with the Bedford attack, which has been very good this year so far,” said Jones. “Their defence was quite good at times, but we did find ways through and around.

“But you have to take your chances when opportunity knocks and fair play to Bedford, whenever they came into our half in the first half they came away with points.

“Unfortunately for us, we were camped down in their 22 for long periods of the game but we didn’t turn pressure into points and that’s the difference.”

Welsh’s failure to convert their first half chances into scores saw them trial 16-8 at the break, with Sacha Harding’s try for the home side coming completely against the run of play.

The Exiles still managed to outscore the Blues two tries to one, with Ed Jackson and Edd Thrower touching down, but the boot of Bedford fly half Jamie Lennard, who made six appearances for Welsh last season on loan from London Irish, proved crucial.

“I thought we were up to a very good side today and we’ve come away disappointed with the result, but pretty pleased to know that we’re a side that’s going to compete very well this year,” added Jones.

“Bedford was a tester; I think the opposition had the edge on a few scrums but I thought we put a lot of good rugby together, but unfortunately squandered two open goals.

“We need to learn how to be more composed under pressure. I thought our open skills were excellent but some of our close skills, which should be the easiest to perform, were found wanting.

“It’s about understanding and getting our game to grow, but at the same time it’s about realising the weaknesses and making sure they’re put right so we grow and become a better side.”

London Welsh now turn their attention to the British & Irish Cup and there’ll be more than a bit of nostalgia in the air as they face near neighbours London Scottish at the Athletic Ground on Wednesday (7:30pm).

Following London Welsh’s formation in 1885, the club’s first-ever fixture was against London Scottish in October of that year. The Scots coming out on top that day by a goal and a try to no score.

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