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ENGLAND LIONS 56 WALES DRAGONHEARTS 10

29th November 2015, 20:36

ENGLAND LIONS 56 WALES DRAGONHEARTS 10

A dominant first 20 minutes from England Lions sealed a win against Wales Dragonhearts who failed to adapt to the torrential conditions.

ALAN DAVIDSON at Hindley, Wigan

 

A dominant first 20 minutes from England Lions sealed a win against Wales Dragonhearts who failed to adapt to the torrential conditions.

 

The Lions, selected from all teams in the English community game, had gelled superbly and established an unassailable 30-0 lead after only 19 minutes.

 

Wath Brow Hornets’ centre Karl Dixon had launched the assault after only three minutes, with fullback Brett Turner of West Hull following suit some three minutes later.

 

Second row Tommy Parkinson (Leigh Miners Rangers) and West Hull hooker Callum Windley served up a double-whammy of their own, spanning the twelfth and fourteenth minutes, and Wales looked destined for a real hiding when Lock Lane prop Chris Siddons crashed over, Wath Brow centre Fran King adding his fifth conversion from as many attempts. 

 

To their credit, however, Wales limited the Lions to just one more try – by Dixon, on 25 minutes – before the interval.

 

The visitors, after falling further behind to a try by Kells loose forward Tony Burns three minutes after the resumption, pretty much matched their hosts for the final quarter or so.

 

Bridgend winger Lewis Hughes offloaded to Raiders prop Harry Boots for the new Scorpions’ under 20 signing to open the Dragonhearts’ account on 58 minutes, Torfaen fullback Matt Cummins adding the extras.

 

Wigan St Patrick’s centre Earl Hurst and Siddons notched tries for English Lions by way of response, King’s conversions helping the side hit the half-century, before Hughes claimed Wales’ second touchdown.

 

The home side, however, had the last word with Hurst’s second try and King’s eighth goal.

 

LIONS: Brett Turner (West Hull), Gareth Blackburn (Siddal), Fran King (Wath Brow), Karl Dixon (Wath Brow), Earl Hurst (Wigan St Patrick’s), Shaun Garrod (Siddal), Paul Brearley (Rochdale Mayfield), Chris Siddons (Lock Lane), Callum Windley (West Hull), Kieron Harrison (Wigan St Patrick’s), Tommy Parkinson (Leigh Miners), Caldon Bravo (Hunslet Warriors), Tony Burns (Kells). Subs: Tommy Harrison (Skirlaugh), Iain Davies (Siddal), Simon Atherton (Wigan St Patrick’s), Darryl Kay (Leigh Miners).

DRAGONHEARTS: Matt Cummins (Torfaen Tigers), Nathan Beck (The Raiders), Scott Gregory (Valley Cougars), Dan Fox (The Raiders), Lewis Hughes (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Lee Goddard (Valley Cougars), Shane Lee (The Raiders), Gethin King (Valley Cougars), Dean Higgs (Valley Cougars), Jack Thomas (Torfaen Tigers), Lewis Wilkes (Valley Cougars), Chris True (Cardiff City), Owain Davies (Cardiff City). Subs: Ethan Coombs (Valley Cougars), Harry Boots (The Raiders), Morgan Jefferies (The Raiders), Daf Phillips (The Raiders).

Referee: James Jones