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Alex Davies’ late heroics with the boot against the Cornish Pirates to salvage a draw for London Welsh should have come as no surprise.

The former Plymouth Albion recording breaking fly half came off the bench to land three penalties in the last 12 minutes to earn the Exiles a 17-17 draw, and end a run of three consecutive losses for the Exiles.

“Kicking is one of the strong points in my game and I finished with some good stats for Plymouth last season, and I had a good kicking game against Bedford in the British & Irish Cup,” said Davies. “I am a confident kicker and hopefully that will continue.”

Davies joined Welsh in the summer after a season in which he broke one Albion record and equalled another.

On his way to racking up 236 points in 25 Championship appearances he kicked a record-breaking seven penalties in Plymouth's 35-24 relegation play-off victory over Birmingham & Solihull Bees, having earlier in the season equalled the club’s record for most points in a league match by scoring 26 points against the same opposition at Damson Park.

He unluckily fell short of the Chris Atkinson’s 256 point record for the most league points scored in a season, but was still only the third player since Albion were promoted back into English rugby’s second tier in 2002 to score over 200 points in a season.

However, up against former Scotland international Gordon Ross starting opportunities for Davies so far this season have been rare and he’s having to bide his time.

“As a rugby player you want to play so it has been frustrating, as it would be for anyone, but Gordon is a great player and he’s someone that I can learn off and I enjoy going to training,” he said.

“He helps me loads with my game and if I’ve ever got any questions he’s always there to help me. He’s really good for me and he’s playing well, he’s put in some really big performances this year.

“I’m new to London Welsh so I’ve just got to wait for my chance and hopefully when I get it, whether its five minutes or ten minutes or a second half, I’ve got to take it.”

Davies certainly did that on Saturday during his 15 minute cameo off the bench, although the feeling after the game was mixed in the London Welsh camp.

“It’s always difficult coming off the back of two tough losses, especially the manner of the defeat to Bristol,” said Davies.

“But we showed a lot of character against the Cornish Pirates, particularly in the second half to come from behind and get the draw. It’s a big credit to us and hopefully we can build from that, but at the same time we made some basic mistakes which cost us.”

That draw keeps the Exiles in fourth spot with Lyn Jones’ men heading to Doncaster Knights on Saturday, with just one point and two places separating the sides in the Championship table.

“I think we’re going forward. We’re in the top half of the league and we’ve had some good wins - Leeds away the first game of the season. And we’ve ground out wins at home, such as against Plymouth Albion. They’re a tough team to play against; they’ve got a big dominant pack as you’ll see with most of the top five teams,” said Davies.

“If you want to go somewhere in this league you’ve got to front up up front, and as long as we keep doing that and getting our set piece right and everyone does their job I can see us going far.”

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