Aviva Premiership: London Welsh relegated after 18th defeat

Exiles' 29-14 loss to Bath is enough to send the Oxford-based club straight back down to the Greene King IPA Championship

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

London Welsh were relegated from the Aviva Premiership following their 29-14 defeat to Bath at the Kassam Stadium.

The defeat was the Exiles’ 18th loss in as many league matches, ensuring they go straight back down to the Greene King IPA Championship following their surprise promotion last season.

We know we are relegated, but our ambition to come back is greater than ever.

London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips

It is a familiar tale for the Oxford-based club, with the same fate befalling them two years ago after one season in England’s top flight.

But London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips insists that his side can build on the performance shown by his players against a side pushing for a place in the top two.

“We had a lot of positives today, and we will be looking to build on that performance,” Phillips said.

“The club is too proud just to switch off and accept defeat.

“There is always speculation and rumour at this time of the season, but the key thing is that you learn your lessons.

“We know we are relegated, but our ambition to come back is greater than ever.”

Mike Ford’s Bath proved to be too powerful for the Exiles in the second half as they built on a solid 10-7 half-time lead from unconverted Rob Webber and Leroy Houston tries.

The Exiles survived losing Nathan Trevett to a yellow card before the break, but trailed by just three point when Nic Reynolds went under the posts and Will Robinson added the conversion.

Sam Burgess (pictured above) scored his second try in rugby union in the second half off the back of a stolen Exiles lineout with Tom Homer finally landing a conversion at the third attempt.

Houston scored his second try of the game, and secured the bonus point for the visitors, when he charged his way over after a great pick up at the base of a scrum.

The fifth Bath try came from an interception with Alafoti Fa’osiliva going over and Homer adding the conversion to take the score to 29-7.

But the Exiles added a consolation second try from a catch and drive with Opeti Fonua going over the Bath tryline and Robinson’s conversion made the score somewhat respectable.

As well as relegating London Welsh, the bonus-point win takes Bath to within a point of Saracens with four rounds remaining in the race for the crucial top two places that guarantee a home semi-final.

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