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England Lions win well in Wales

26th September 2015, 13:45

England Lions win well in Wales

Despite a strong start from Wales under 18s, when their English counterparts got going, there was no stopping them and the Lions went from 8-0 down to cruise home 42-14.

UNDER 18 INTERNATIONAL

WALES 14 ENGLAND LIONS 42

By Ian Golden at Taff’s Well RFC

 

Despite a strong start from Wales under 18s, when their English counterparts got going, there was no stopping them and the Lions went from 8-0 down to cruise home 42-14.

 

Both sides had early chances. England’s Alex Prince was close to scoring but pressure from the Welsh back-line forced him to knock-on at the play-the-ball.

 

Then at the other end, Wales also set up good attacking play but, close to the line, strong English tackling forced a knock-on from Welsh skipper Connor Davies.

 

Wales scored from their next attack as Marcus Webb forced his way through but Zak Williams sliced the conversion wide.

 

They extended their lead three minutes later when Shane Lee kicked well to create a good move that ended in Lewys Willacott scoring in the corner. Again Williams couldn’t land the extras and Wales were 8-0 up.

 

England fought back on 25 minutes after Dean Rooney dived over from dummy half and Connor Turner converted well to bring the score back to 8-6.

 

And straight from kick-off they took the lead through an excellent individual score from Alex Prince, beating off a number of Welsh lads before placing the ball under the sticks. Turner added the extras again to give England a 12-8 lead.

 

The visitors extended their lead six minutes before the break when Calvin Parker did well to barge over and score. Turner converted to give his side a 10-point advantage.

 

There was still time for England to get a fourth as full-back Jake Callum went over in the corner with Turner converting to give them a 24-8 half-time lead.

 

A Jacob Moore try straight from kick-off in the second half extended their lead. Turner’s kick made the score 30-8.

 

Josh Oakes followed him over seven minutes later and Turner again coolly converted to bring the score up to 36-8.

 

Joey Brady made a clean break through for England’s seventh try just before the hour with Turner easily keeping up his 100% record.

 

Wales weren’t finished yet. Morgan Jeffries scored in the corner and Webb converted to bring the score back to 14-42.

 

But no side could break through for any further scores in the last 18 minutes of the game. England were odds on to score a try in the last minute but a try-saving tackle by Willacott on Alex Prince to stop his length of the field run prevented this.

 

WALES

1. Marcus Webb (South Wales Scorpions)

2. Lewis Willacott (Aber Valley Wolves)

3. Paul Edwards (South Wales Scorpions)

4. Luke Williams (The Raiders)

5. Ben Jones (South Wales Scorpions)

6. Curtis Davies (South Wales Scorpions)

7. Shane Lee (Raiders)

8. Rhys Davies (South Wales Scorpions)

9. Zak Williams (South Wales Scorpions)

10. Connor Parker (Widnes Vikings)

11. Morgan Jefferies (The Raiders)

18. Sion Jones (Widnes Vikings)

13. Connor Davies (South Wales Scorpions) (Captain)

Subs:

14. Harry Boots (The Raiders)

15. Jake Thomas (Torfaen Tigers)

16. Nathan Ainsworth (Warrington Wolves)

17. Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves)

 

Tries: Webb (10), Willacott (13), Jeffries (62)

Goals: Williams 0/2, Webb 1/1

 

ENGLAND LIONS

1  Jake Callum (York Acorn)

2. Josh Oakes (Portico)

3  Joey Brady (Wigan St Judes)

4  Alex Prince (Leigh Miners)

5  Connor Turner (Lock Lane)

6  Dean Rooney (Wath Brow)

7  John Whittaker (Crosfields)

8  James Williams (Skirlaugh)

9  Brad Gotts (Skirlaugh)

10 Joshua Steels (Lock Lane)

11 Jack Matthews (Siddal)

12 Gavin Roden (Wigan St Judes)

13 Jacob Moore (West Hull)

Subs:

14 Declan Gregory (Wigan St Pats)

15 Kieron Atherton (Leigh East)

16 Calvin Parker (West Hull)

17 Jack Sharrett (Wigan St Pats)

 

Tries: Rooney (25), Turner (27), Parker (34), Callum (40), Moore (41), Oakes (48), Brady (59)

Goals: Turner 7/7

 

Referee: Callum Straw

Half-time: 8-24