Jack Moates is clearly a young man with impeccable timing, judging by his stunning individual effort in London Welsh’s 37-14 victory over Doncaster Knights on Wednesday.
The London Irish loanee chose Old Deer Park on a damp and miserable afternoon to score his first Championship try for Welsh, and all in front of the watching eyes of Irish head coach Toby Booth, defence coach Justin Bishop and academy manager Neal Hatley.
Moates produced a stunning solo effort – that started inside his own half – two minutes after half time to put Welsh in the boxseat for the points having only led 13-7 at the break.
Edd Thrower, Paul Mackey and Joe Ajuwa added further scores to put the result beyond doubt.
“The adrenalin is still pumping,” said Moates after the game.
“I just saw a gap and went for it, closed my eyes, hoped for best and kept running.
“They kept coming from everywhere, but once I broke the first line I knew I had a good chance.
“I just used my strength and a bit of a side-step, if you can call it that. I just really wanted to get over that line. All the boys were happy for me.
“Obviously, I haven’t had much game time recently, I haven’t started a game since Christmas, so it was good to prove to all the coaches what I can do. That’s my strength, the running game.
“I’d been told they [Booth, Biship and Hatley] were coming so I was really up for the game and looking forward to it – good timing.”
Meanwhile, second row Ben Russell must wish he could play at the Athletic Ground every week, given his try record against London Scottish this season.
The flanker has now scored four tries in two appearances against Scottish there, including a brace in Sunday’s 29-22 victory to keep Lyn Jones’ side in the chase for a top-three finish.
Although delighted to cross twice, Russell, who arrived at Old Deer Park in 2010 after spells with Saracens and Racing Metro, was more concerned with Welsh’s team performance, with the Championship play-offs now just around the corner.
“We played really well at times and had them in all sorts of trouble, but we turned the ball over a bit too much,” he said.
“We’re letting teams come back into it. We need to get out of our half, play the territory and make the opposition score from their own half.
“It was a little bit closer than we’d have liked, but I thought we stuck in well at the end. It was a local derby and they were up for it.”
Welsh play host to Leeds Carnegie on Saturday before the promotion play-offs kick off in March.
“We’ve got to beat Leeds and hopefully that will set us up in a good pool for the play-offs. Then it will be the business end of the season,” added Russell.