Posted:  29th September 2013
Burnell praises second half display

Justin Burnell praised his side’s second half display after seeing London Welsh make it three wins from three with a 40-9 win over Plymouth Albion at the Kassam Stadium.

Welsh lead 16-9 at the break but pulled away in the second half thanks to Daniel Browne’s early touch down, followed by a penalty try and Ollie Stedman’s score - the latter securing back-to-back bonus point wins for the Exiles.

“We identified quite a lot at half-time and second half we came out with a huge amount of intent and we got our bonus-point, but let’s not take away from Plymouth,” said Burnell.

“They did get amongst us and we had a couple of errors and the second half showed once again what we are capable of doing.

“The whole purpose was to get in their half. I felt first half we tried to play our way into their half - second half we got down there more so by the boot.

“The whole purpose was that when we were down there we were always going to come away with points, whether that was three points or seven points, and that’s certainly what happened.”

After wins over Bedford and Nottingham, Saturday’s victory was the Exiles’ third on the bounce to keep them second in the table, and set up an intriguing clash with league leaders Rotherham next Saturday at Clifton Lane.

“You have to win your home games and we’ve won our first and we’ve won two games on the road. Fourteen points, three games in – I’d have ripped anyone’s hand off,” added Burnell, who believes the signs are there that the Exiles are moving in the right direction.

“I felt there were less errors today than there had been in the two previous weeks. The process is in place to erase those errors. If it’s going in the right direction then hopefully by the end of the season, when it’s the business end, we’ve got it all right.

“We conceded a try against Chinnor in the last couple of minutes, and against the Scarlets, Bedford and Nottingham, and when Plymouth were trying anything at the end they didn’t score. So that’s another massive step in the right direction.”


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