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SOUTH WALES DRAGONHEARTS PROBABLES 34 BRITISH ARMY 26

30th July 2017, 16:09

SOUTH WALES DRAGONHEARTS PROBABLES 34 BRITISH ARMY 26

SOUTH WALES DRAGONHEARTS PROBABLES 34 BRITISH ARMY 26

By Ian Golden at Parc Stebonheath

 

A South Wales select, primarily made up of Valley Cougars players, overcame a second half comeback from the British Army side to win 34-26 in day two of a big weekend of Rugby League in Llanelli.

 

For the second day in a row, the home side sealed an eight-point win after scoring the final try of the game with five minutes to go.

 

The match was the first of two friendly games for Wales’ community players, out of which the 2017 Wales Dragonhearts squad will be selected.

 

A different set of South Wales players will travel to Deeside to take on the North Wales Origin side on the weekend of September 2nd/3rd.

 

Wales Dragonhearts will take on the full Germany side on October 14th  and another nation to be confirmed.

 

The Welsh took a second minute lead when Dean Higgs dived over from dummy half and Mike Hurley converted.

 

Yousif Sulliman extended their lead running over from the wing, with Hurley again adding the extras.

 

The Army hit back on 12 minutes when Dan Pickles went over just right of the sticks but Kieran Roach sliced the conversion wide.

 

As soon as South Wales regained the ball, they got a third try – Higgs with his second and Hurley converting again.

 

The fourth came when Shane Lee intercepted and ran half the length of the field to score. Hurley kept up his 100% kicking record.

 

Just before half-time, the Army got the second try that they’d been pushing for when Roach went in under the sticks and converting himself.

 

24-10 down at the break, Roach pulled another try back for the Army when he broke 50 metres and converted.

 

A Mikey Harrison try in the corner brought the score back to 24-20 before a Connor Holmes try levelled it, Roach giving them the lead for the first time in the game.

 

After 52 minutes without a try, South Wales regained the lead through a Jarad Hinnem try in the corner. Despite the strong wind, Hurley kicked well to make the score 30-26 before Higgs completed his hat-trick to seal the win.

 

SOUTH WALES

  1 Matt Davies (Torfaen Tigers)

17 Yousif Sulliman (Valley Cougars)

  3 Liam Watton (Valley Cougars)

  4 Mike Hurley (Valley Cougars)

  5 Sam Baker (Torfaen Tigers)

  6 Lee Goddard (Valley Cougars)

14 Shane Lee (Valley Cougars)

19 Louis Pengelly (Torfaen Tigers)

  9 Dean Higgs (Valley Cougars)

10 Ethan Coombes (Valley Cougars)

11 Jarad Hinnem (Torfaen Tigers)

12 Ben Swift (West Wales Raiders)

13 Scott Britton (Valley Cougars)

Subs:

  7 Adam Watton (Valley Cougars)

15 Corey Phillips (Rhondda Outlaws)

16 Dan Maiden (West Wales Raiders)

  2 Scott Giles (Valley Cougars)

18 Dafydd Hellard (Valley Cougars)

  8 Mark Jones (Rhondda Outlaws)

20 Rhys Davies (Valley Cougars)

 

Tries: Higgs (2, 14, 75), Sulliman (7), Lee (18), Hinem (70)

Goals: Hurley 5/6

 

BRITISH ARMY

  1 Chris Lopez

  2 James Bouce

  3 Pete Holmes

  4 Mikey Harrison

  5 Ross Geurng

  6 Kieran Roach

  7 Tom Blythe

  8 Dan Pickles

  9 Matty Scott

10 Dylan McLachlan

11 Dan Turner

12 Sam Beenor

13 James Lang

Subs:

14 Scott Westwood

15 Rob Bonehill

16 Chris King

17 Andrew McMenemy

18 Meli Waitaqa

19 Eriqui Builsui

20 Scott Gibbs

21 Conor Holmes

22 Marcus Mercer

23 Scott Watkins

 

Tries: Pickles (11), Roach (40, 46), Harrison (56), Holmes (65)

Goals: Roach 3/5