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Elder announces himself on Premiership stage in style

Chris Elder has had to wait to make his Aviva Premiership debut, but he made it count on Sunday against Wasps by announcing his top flight arrival in style.

Up until Sunday, the full back/wing had had to content himself with LV= Cup and Challenge Cup appearances, but he announced himself with a well taken try in an excellent all round game, which drew special praise from head coach Rowland Phillips.

"Definitely happy with that; I was really pleased to cross on my [Premiership] debut," said Elder, who joined Welsh last summer from Plymouth Albion.

"I was really looking forward to it, so for it to go fairly well for the team and personally was a real relief.

"You’re always hoping that you’re going to be in contention but obviously that hasn’t come about until now. Hopefully I put in a decent performance that should put me in good stead for the remaining games."

The former England U18 international still had plenty to do when the ball was worked to him, as he hugged the touchline on the Wasps 22, but he used Pete Browne as a decoy to race down the touchline before rounding Tom Varndell to touch down.

"I knew he [Pete Browne] was there, but I knew he wasn’t going to keep up, so I went for it myself. It would have been the last resort to fling it to him!" added Elder, who came through the Wasps Academy.

"My heart was in my mouth right at the end getting caught, but I just got the ball down to finish off what was a brilliant team move."

Although Elder’s Premiership debut would finish in a 40-13 defeat, it was another encouraging performance from the Exiles on the back of a spirited showing against Bath. The task for both Elder and Welsh now is to take that upward curve into their final three Premiership matches.

"They’ve definitely been more impressive, rounded performances, but still with errors in there and we’re obviously still conceding too many points. But we’re working towards that 80-minute performance and hopefully we can keep improving in the last three games," said Elder, for whom Alapatti Leiua’s late try put a gloss on the final scoreline.

"It was really us looking to play well after time had finished and unfortunately they got a sniff, turned the ball over and managed to take apart our defence with some real tired bodies on the field.

"It was totally against what we were hoping would happen as we were looking dangerous in the last five minutes."

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