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WALES DRAGONHEARTS 18 ENGLAND LIONHTS 38

9th September 2001, 17:47

WALES DRAGONHEARTS 18 ENGLAND LIONHTS 38

WALES'S amateur rugby league side were left battered and bruised after a 38-18 defeat against the Rugby League Conference Lionhearts representative side at Rumney yesterday.

By Mark Tattersall

 

WALES'S amateur rugby league side were left battered and bruised after a 38-18 defeat against the Rugby League Conference Lionhearts representative side at Rumney yesterday. 

The Welsh side were feeling the pain even before the start of yesterday's game. Player-coach Scott Simon suffered a badlybroken leg playing for the RAF at Wakefield on Friday night and also ruled out were prop Dave Roberson, hooker Huw Thomas, second-rower Paul Collett and wing Alex Ryce. 

Experienced prop Jeremy Moody took over the captaincy and coaching duties, assisted by team manager Mark Tattersall and Welsh Rugby League official Danny Sheehy. 

"With the Welsh Students squad out in Tartarstan for the Europa Cup as well, we were really down to the bare bones, " said Tattersall. 

"We were just able to put out 17 men, but the bigger Lionhearts pack took its toll and we were down to 12 fit men by the end. 

"Nevertheless, we gave the pick of the Rugby League Conference a reasonable game, and with a fuller squad, it would have been a good deal closer. 

"The big mistake we made was in trying to take on a far bigger pack up front, when we might have had more joy out wide." 

The Welsh side, watched by former Wales league captain Iestyn Harris, exchanged scores throughout the first half and were only one try behind at the break. 

But injuries began to take their toll after the break and the RLC side pulled away. 

Prop Anthony Loxton scored two tries for the Welsh side, the opening score after a great break and pass by fellow prop Andy Jones, and the final score after popping up on the right wing. 

In between, Cardiff Demons wing Martin Thomas and looseforward Craig Clements scored the other Welsh tries, with Russ Thomas kicking two goals.