London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell hailed his side’s performance as “fantastic” following their 41-6 win over Cornish Pirates at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday night.

Welsh ran in five tries in a comprehensive display to move two points clear at the top of the Greene King IPA Championship table.

Seb Jewell, Carl Kirwan, Rob Lewis, Andy Titterrell and Tom May all crossed for the home side, while Gordon Ross added 16 points with the boot, as Welsh put behind their back-to-back defeats in the B&I Cup.

“Today was about our performance and maintaining our position at the top of the league, and I thought it was a fantastic performance,” said Burnell.

“I was more pleased with the manner in which we played. The Pirates are a very good side, fourth in the league, and this was our second home game off the back of two defeats in the B&I Cup.

“I’m not sure when the last time was the Pirates were nilled, but it was all about us scoring our five tries.

“They’re a very physical team, so that’s a mark of respect to our Ollie Smith, our defence coach. We didn’t allow them to get into areas. We looked after the ball a lot better than they did - we ran through the phases.

“We missed three clear opportunities but I’ll take the five tries. I’m happy with that.

“Today’s performance was clinical; whoever we play, that’s the level of performance we’re looking for.”

Burnell picked out the experienced trio of Sonny Parker, Tom May and Gordon Ross (combined age 105) for special praise afterwards

“The old Dad’s Army in the middle of the park played well. Daniel Browne is also playing well and Carl Kirwan was back to his best today.” he said.

It was a welcome return to winnings ways for Welsh after consecutive defeats to London Scottish and Pontypridd in the B&I Cup.

“It’s a very honest environment; we were disappointed when we lost last weekend [v Pontypridd] and today once again showed the character which was shown at Rotherham,” added Burnell.

“We’re an honest bunch of players and we don’t like people scoring tries.

“It was about accepting the disappointment factor and really making that disappointment factor hurt, and hurt to a point where you don’t want to have that feeling every Saturday-Sunday morning.”