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Your News Jones praises second half turnaround at Welsh

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones praised his sides second half display as the Exiles registered their first Championship win in four attempts with a 21-10 win over Doncaster Knights.

Welsh trailed 10-6 at the break to an early penalty try, although it might have been more had the home side taken their chances, but second half tries from Simon Whatling and a fifth of the season for full back Edd Thrower saw the Exiles notch their fourth consecutive win at Castle Park.

At half-way we were extremely disappointed with ourselves for our first half performance - our concentration was poor, said Jones.

But we bucked our ideas up and hit the game hard second half and won it 15 points to nil with a really well worked try from Edd [Thrower] and an opportunistic try for Simon [Whatling] created from good defensive work, and that was enough to give us the four points that we came for.

Late pressure from the Knights saw Welsh finish the game with 13 men as Shawn Pittman and James Tideswell both saw yellow, with the home side camping themselves just metres from the Exiles line.

I think we had two unjust yellow cards and that wound the players up to play a little harder and faster, and it showed in our determination not to give Doncaster anything. We were delighted to restrict them to just ten points, added Jones, whose side have now played all of the teams currently in the top half of the table.

Its marathon and whats important is that were in the pack coming into the final mile, and thats where we are trying to get to. There are holes in our game and we are trying to resolve them and that takes time.

The Exiles turn their attention back to the British & Irish Cup on Saturday when they welcome Welsh Premiership leaders Aberavon to Old Deer Park (2:30pm), with Jones men looking to get their campaign back on track following their last gasp defeat to Bedford Blues at Sunbury.

Were delighted to be entertaining Aberavon. I have a strong connection to the club as my father played for them for 12 seasons and my brother played there for three or fours years as well, so it will be great to welcome them to London Welsh, added Jones.

Theyre flying high at the top of the Welsh Premiership at the moment and deservedly so. Theyre well coached and theyve got a good squad of players.

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