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Davies aiming for more of the same in Cup

Josh Davies certainly enjoyed his Ealing Trailfinders debut on Saturday when he ran in two tries in the 51-35 win over Yorkshire Carnegie in the British and Irish Cup.

It helped the team score 32 unanswered points in the second half and overturn a 28-12 deficit against last year’s runners-up. The result was the team’s third victory in a row and their fourth win in seven matches. 

“The first half was scrappy,” he said. “In the first half there was lots of effort and we had the majority of the territory, but three of our errors equated to three of our tries. We came in and talked about cutting out those errors and I think in the second half we had the effort but we also had the accuracy. 

“We got the momentum and we didn’t lose it. In other games we’ve had the momentum but lost it. Today we kept the foot on the throat and it was a pretty outstanding effort from the boys.”

Davies arrived at Vallis Way from London Welsh over the summer and he has had to be patient to wait for his chance to play. 

He certainly enjoyed himself against Carnegie in the B&I Cup, having helped the Exiles win last year’s edition with a 30-13 victory against the Yorkshiremen at Headlingley. 

His two tries came in the second half and came alongside scores from Chris York, Sam Rodman, Phil Chesters, fellow debutant Seb Nagle-Taylor, Rhys Crane and Lewis Jones. 

“We were given the opportunity today and I think a lot of players today took that,” Davies said. 

“The first came off a drive and the drive broke down and the forwards had a lot of pick and goes and put in a lot of effort, but then it was a heads up from Cheese (Phil Chesters) on the wing to dart down the blind. 

“For the second I saw a space in the backfield and threaded it through and it bounced up nicely for me.”

Should he hold onto his shirt for the second Cup match of the season, away to the Dragons Premiership Select at Cross Keys RFC, then it will be another trip down memory lane for the 23-year-old. 

He came through the academy system at Newport-Gwent Dragons and won Wales U20 caps during his time at Rodney Parade, so he knows what to expect when the team travel to Cross Keys’ Pandy Park on Saturday.

“It will be a totally different ball game at Cross Keys,” he said. “Down in Pandy Park it is nice and slow and suits a forward orientated game, so we’re going to have to adapt to that.

“But if we show the same endeavour and effort and train hard this week then I think we should be confident going into the game.”