London Welsh’s seven-try victory over Rotherham Titans is a performance that had been coming, according to second row Peter Browne.
The Exiles stormed back to top spot in the Greene King IPA Championship with an emphatic 47-16 victory over the Titans to go two points clear of Leeds Carnegie, Rotherham and Bristol.
Having conceded three tries in the opening 13 minutes at Plymouth Albion the previous weekend, before eventually going down 36-15, Welsh turned the tables at the Kassam on Sunday, with Nathan Trevett and Richard Thorpe crossing inside the opening seven minutes.
Although Juan Pablo Socino kicked three penalties for the visitors, tries from James Tideswell and Seb Stegmann saw Welsh wrap up the bonus point before half-time.
Stegmann added his second try within two minutes of the restart, with Browne and Alan Awcock also crossing, before Marshall Gadd went over for a late Rotherham consolation.
That couldn’t detract, however, from arguably Welsh’s best performance of the season, coming just eight days after possibly their worst, at Brickfields.
“It had been coming for a while, we’ve been at boiling point and we bubbled over today. Everything just worked,” said Browne.
“We got our phase play together, the skills were good, we were offloading and we took it to them.
“Rotherham are a team who take teams on and we just didn’t let them play for the first 65 minutes – we shut them out of the game.
“It was fantastic to play in; we played with real ambition but we played tactically as well. We kicked for the corner and played from the right spots.”
Welsh’s chastening defeat to Plymouth, which ended a four game winning run, had clearly been a strong motivating factor.
“We should have done better against Plymouth. We put our hands up and we looked at ourselves, but we stayed positive,” added Browne.
“We believed in our game and it was just the simple things done well – catching the restart, playing territory, winning the lineout and getting a drive.
“It was just playing and putting pressure on the opposition, which we didn’t do against Plymouth, but did really well today. It built up and tries started coming.
“We need to control the controllables and I don’t think we did that against Plymouth. But we did do that today.
“We weren’t perfect, you’re always striving for more, but we were so much better than we were against Plymouth.
“It’s about desire as well. We need to keep our desire as high as high as it was today all the time, and I think it will be now. We just went out there and really enjoyed playing.”
For Browne, the key to Welsh’s win was finally being able to transfer the hard work done on the training ground at Old Deer Park, to the pitch on match day.
“We train so well in the week; we put the hours in and we train with ambition and tempo, but we haven’t been bringing that out on the weekend,” he said.
“We’ve been scrapping through games we should have been winning easily and now we finally just clicked.
“What we do in training we brought to the game and we looked dangerous. Offloads, tempo in the game, the backs are looking sharp. We’re going to keep on building, that’s the key now.”
Having beaten Leeds two weeks ago only to then lose at so comprehensively at Brickfields, Welsh will be very mindful of another very tricky away trip next Sunday when they travel to the Cornish Pirates.
“It’s on the road that we’ve got to be ruthless, completely ruthless. At the start of the season we went on a nine game winning streak, and the boys are ready to put those performances together again,” added Browne.