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Will Robinson is hoping to build on his first start of the season for London Welsh which saw the fly half land three penalties, including one from half way, in the Exiles’ 18-9 defeat to Gloucester Rugby at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

Selection was reward for an impressive cameo off the bench at Bath Rugby the previous week by Robinson, who has been putting in some impressive performances for Henley Hawks in National League 2 South, in preparation for just such a moment to shine.

Now having forced his way into Justin Burnell's thinking, the 21-year-old, in his second season at Welsh, is hoping to stay there, particularly with a trip to former club Wasps to come on Sunday.

"I was happy to get my first start and happy get out and play in a London Welsh shirt – hopefully it will continue. It very frustrating, though, not to get the win,” said Robinson. "Wasps will be a good game.”

Defeat left the Exiles still searching for their first win of the season but for Robinson there were still positives to take back into the Aviva Premiership, not least keeping Gloucester from crossing the tryline.

"There were a few times in the game when we did some great defensive work. We had two players in the sin bin at one point and we held our line for a good five minutes, and that's a long time to defend. That was a massive positive for us,” he said.

"We didn't have much ball to attack with but when we did we got into our patterns very well and had good structure. There were a few plays where we went through phase after phase, which we haven't really done. The team held it together really well and we actually broke them down and got some offloads in.” 

Welsh would come within inches of picking up their first win of the season – the Exiles just unable to force their way over the Gloucester line with only minutes to go and six points separating the sides, having twice turned down kickable penalties to instead go for the corner.

"As a team we thought we had them in the drive so we wanted to try and drive them over, but it didn't work out. We tried to pick and go but fair play to Gloucester their defence was pretty good and they held us out,” said Robinson.

"Both teams were quite cagey at times. Field position is a massive part of rugby and both teams were trying to get territory. We did well at times in the game, but so did Gloucester and they pinned back a little bit.

"We didn't help ourselves with ill-discipline in the second half – just easy slip ups – but we're getting better as the weeks go on and we nearly came through.”

London Welsh continues to reinforce its relationship with the people, businesses and communities across Oxfordshire and has adopted the strap-line 'Premiership Rugby in Oxford – Be part of it'.

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