Scott: Welsh heart got us through
London Welsh try scorer Nick Scott hailed the Exiles’ 'heart' after a gutsy defensive effort propelled the Old Deer Park outfit into their first-ever Championship final.
It’s was Scott’s second half try that proved the difference as Welsh lost the second leg of their Championship semi-final with Bedford Blues 24-17, but took the tie 30-27 overall.
“It feels amazing; all the boys put in a monumental effort in defence, so much heart and so much grit,” said Scott.
“It’s what the club deserves and has been building towards.
“There was so much heart in that performance, everyone put it in. I’m just glad we’re going to the final for the first time.”
Scott pounced for his sixth try in ten appearances for the Exiles since joining the club on loan from Bath, when he chased down Gordon Ross’ kick and capitalised on a mistake by Blues centre Henry Staff.
“I wasn’t getting much ball in hand, so I just chased hard. A kick is only as good as the chase. I got a bit of luck, but I’ll take that every day,” he said.
“You’ve just got to put the pressure on and you never know what’s going to happen. That will probably happen maybe one in ten times, but as long as you keep putting yourself in that position that one time is beautiful.
“I was getting a bit worried. Last weekend I had the ball slapped out of my hand as I was going over. I was so glad to get back on the scoresheet.”
Scott’s try and an Alex Davies penalty saw Welsh open up a 30-13 lead on aggregate, but there would be late drama at Old Deer Park as tries from Don Barrell and Neil Cochrane – the latter after what looked like a clear knock on by Alex Rae – reduced the gap to just three points with eight minutes to go.
“We all thought it was a knock on, so credit to the boys for coming back from that,” said Scott.
“The momentum was with Bedford but we stopped that, we got a few penalties, we put it in their half and came away with the win.”