LiveRUGBY UNION: London Welsh v Cavalieri Prato

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3:46pm

Welsh 62 (try Hills, con Davies), Prato 5 and that's the full-time score.

3:39pm

There it is. Welsh 55 (try Smith, con Davies), Prato 5

3:36pm

Welsh have almost ten minutes to reach a half century. Can they do it?

3:25pm

Tries coming thick and fast as Arscott crosses for his second. Welsh lead 48-5

3:20pm

Welsh 43 (try MacKenzie, con Davies), Prato 5

3:17pm

Welsh 36 (try and con Davies), Prato 5

3:16pm

Welsh 29, Prato 5 (try)

3:09pm

Quietish start to the second half

3:02pm

3:01pm

Second half underway. Can Welsh add to their try tally?

2:45pm

Half-time score: Welsh 29, Prato 0. It could scarcely being going better for the home side

2:39pm

Welsh 29 (try Arscott, con Davies), Prato. Bonus point already

2:34pm

Prato flanker Damiani sin-binned. This is not going well for the Italians!

2:31pm

Welsh 22 (try Lewis), Prato 0

2:26pm

Welsh have a real spring in their step now, while Prato are half a yard off the pace

2:21pm

Halfway to that bonus-point win!

2:21pm

Welsh 17 (try George, con Davies), Prato 0

2:18pm

Welsh 10, Prato 0 (Frati missed pen)

2:14pm

Welsh 10 (pen Davies), Prato 0

2:14pm

Yellow card for Prato captain Tempestini

2:12pm

Positive start from the Exiles to what could be a fairly loose game

2:09pm

Welsh 7 (try Beach, con Davies), Prato 0

2:05pm

Welsh show intent by tapping and running a penalty from edge of their own 22

2:01pm

We are underway.

1:58pm

It must be winter as the floodlights are already on!

1:50pm

It is also properly cold here. A few tries would go some way to warming up the fans.

1:37pm

This match was originally scheduled for Welsh's Old Deer Park ground in London, but was switched to the Kassam after the London venue could not get the relevant safety certificate. We are not exactly expecting a huge crowd come kick off is at 2pm!

1:31pm

London Welsh are targeting their first bonus-point victory of the season at home to Prato today.

With Stade Francais having won all four of their matches so far, qualification for the knockout phase of the Amlin Challenge Cup is highly unlikely for the Exiles.

But a first win since December 1 is certainly within their grasp.

Welsh have had to make some late changes after Tyson Keats and Nick Runciman, their starting and replacement scrum halves, both failed fitness tests.

Alex Davies, who had been due to start at fly half, moves to No 9, with Ryan Davis coming in at No 10.

Ashley Smith and Michael Hills are added to the bench.

Prato include tight-head prop Guillermo Roan, who was on loan at Welsh last season.

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