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Wales take bronze after tough win over Canada

28th June 2014, 16:42

Wales take bronze after tough win over Canada

Wales put in a dominating second half performance to beat the plucky Canadians to the Bronze Medal in the first ever Rugby League Commonwealth Championship.

 

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

WALES 20 CANADA 8

 

Wales put in a dominating second half performance to beat the plucky Canadians to the Bronze Medal in the first ever Rugby League Commonwealth Championship.

 

Canada had already won plaudits by beating England 24-4 on day one, consigning the English to sixth place in the competition, and they almost overcame Wales as well.

 

Canada lost the ball from the first set after kick-off and Wales didn’t waste the opportunity. Curtis Davies laid off to James Taylor who scored in the corner. Paul Edwards missed the kick.

 

After repeat sets and a scrum, Canada struck back as the ball was played the ball over to the wing for Matt Gallagher to score.

 

Then a 50 metre clean break from Cole Keffer put Canada in the ascendancy giving them an 8-4 half-time lead.

 

However the second half, although still hard fought, belonged to the Welsh.

 

Marcus Webb struck first with a 40-metre run down the wing. Ben Jones converted to make the score 10-8.

 

Then came one of the tries of the tournament. James Taylor picked the ball up on his own 10 metre line and the former Ospreys academy player went on a 90 metre run going past the whole Canada side and avoiding a number of tackles from the chasing Canadians to score. Jones converted again.

 

Finally, Alex King chased a chip kick and outran the exhausted Canada side to seal the win.

 

WALES SQUAD

  1. Ben Jones
  2. James Taylor
  3. Marcus Webb
  4. Paul Edwards
  5. Dan Maiden
  6. Curtis Davies
  7. Alex King
  8. Harry Cartwright
  9. Zak Williams
  10. Jordan Thomas
  11. Morgan Jeffries
  12. Joe Festa
  13. Connor Davies
  14. Rhys Davies
  15. Harry Boots

 

CANADA

  1. Cole Keffer
  2. Gino Paolella
  3. Nick Allen
  4. Phil Berna
  5. Robert Welch
  6. Nick Collett
  7. Matt Galagher
  8. Nick Wright
  9. Tim Stephens
  10. Calixto Martinez
  11. Drew Coles
  12. Christian Haldane
  13. Jason Hignell
  14. Lukas Silver
  15. James Iodice