A BREAK in the league programme gave West London a chance to take on high-flying local rivals Ealing in a friendly - and the match ended all-square at 15-15.
West London - who fielded a mixture of first and second-teamers against an Ealing third XV - looked overawed at the start and were slow to get into gear.
Ealing's solid pack monopolised possession but was unable to find the killer touch. A few wayward forward passes did not help their cause and their only reward was well-executed drop goal.
Only some last-ditch defending prevented further scores but the game turned in West London's favour when full back Scott Beals swept into the corner for a breakaway try just before the interval.
The lead extended to 10-3 within minutes of the restart, skipper Jon White going over in the corner, and the confidence extended to the scrums and lineouts, which had suffered in the first half. Russell Evans,
Simon Fry, Cameron Denne and Simon Robson worked well in tandem and it was not long before Rob Tee powered over for the team's third try of the afternoon. But it was not enough to bring victory.
A careless drop-out on the 22 went straight to Ealing hands for their first try and with a minute to go, a converted try tied up the scores.