27th January 2010, 19:23
Under 18 Report - England 14 Wales 28
Wales gave an outstanding performance in both attack and defence
Wales gave an outstanding performance in both attack and defence to overcome England Community Lions 28-14 at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Wednesday night.
It was the sixth win in the last seven games for the Welsh youngsters with their only blip coming against a strong Australian side last month.
England had a few early chances to score with successive sets of six and pressed the Welsh backline. It took a fine take from full-back Rhys Evans to deny Kirk Collins an early try after Ian Kerman planted a cheeky grubber on the final tackle of the second set.
But it was Wales Chris Davies made the metres, his power taking him through the English defence, and two plays later, hooker Kyle Blackmore forced his way over from dummy half. Lewis Reece missed the conversion.
From the next attack, Wales doubled their lead after Dafydd Carter scored from close range but Reece failed to add the extras from an acute angle.
Wales scored a third from the final tackle of their next set after Lewis Reece took advantage of some slack England defending to catch a loose ball for an easy try. Loren Quick attempted the conversion but like Reece before him was unsuccessful.
England looked like they'd hit back straight away when Glenn Riley slid home but the referee pulled play back for off-side.
However they made up for it minutes later when Danny Burgan powered through for a fine individual try on the left wing. Ian Kerman failed to convert.
But Wales restored the balance after man of the match Rhys Evans picked up a loose ball running 60 metres to score underneath the sticks. Quick's goal made the score 4-18.
And the visitors ran in their fifth try from kick-off following a fine passing move. Rhys Fenton was the scorer after fine work from Lewis Reece and Rhys Evans. Quick converted again and the half-time score was 24-4 to Wales.
Owain Griffiths nearly added to the Wales score straight from kick-off in the second half but was held up over the line.
But intense England pressure finally led to a try when full-back Shane Ackerley found a rare gap in the Welsh back-line and sprinted over. Kerman missed his conversion for the second time.
Wales hit back again after Reece scored his second try of the evening after good build up from Dale Evans and Chris Davies. Quick couldn't complete a hat-trick of conversions.
The young Dragons continued to keep England out. Glenn Riley was stopped short on the final tackle of a set as Wales held firm.
But they finally broke through with two minutes to go as Matthew Syron dived over from close range with Kerman adding the extras.
Shane Ackerly (West Cumbria)
Joe Bullock (Blackpool Scorpions)
Reece Lazenby (West Hull)
Blake Mahovic (West Cumbria)
Jonathon Frodsham (Pilkington Recs)
Callum Phillips (West Cumbria)
Ian Kerman (West Hull)
Kirk Collins (West Hull)
Alistair Leak (West Cumbria)
Stephen Welton (Gateshead Thunder)
David Orwell (Saddleworth Rangers)
Glenn Riley (West Cumbria)
Matthew Huby (Wath Brow Hornets)
Drew Johnson (Wigan St Patricks)
Daniel Bergon (Widnes St Maries)
Matthew Syron (Queens)
Gary Sergeant (Greenwich Admirals)
Tries: Burgan (25), Ackerley (52), Syron (68)
Goals: Kerman 1/3
Rhys Evans (Warrington)
Rhys Fenton (Crusaders)
Owen Williams (Swansea Dragons)
Loren Quick (South Wales Scorpions)
Dan Godwin (Crusaders)
Dafydd Carter (Crusaders)
Dale Evans (Crusaders)
Ben Evans (Warrington)
Kyle Blackmore (Crusaders)
Adam Davies (Crusaders)
Chris Davies (Crusaders)
Dale Blackmore (Rhyl Coasters)
Lewis Reece (Crusaders / South Wales Scorpions)
Owain Griffiths (Leeds Met)
Nathan Hawkins (Crusaders)
Lewis Jones (Stanningley)
Rhodri Lloyd (Crusaders)
Tries: K.Blackmore (9), Carter (13), Reece (16, 58), R.Evans (29), Fenton (32)
Goals: Reece 0/2, Quick 2/4
Referee: Chris Hancock
Scoring Sequence: 0-4, 0-8, 0-12, 4-12, 4-18, 4-24, 8-24, 8-28, 14-28
Men of the Match:
England: Alistair Leak
Wales: Rhys Evans
Gamestar: Rhys Evans led Wales from full-back and scored the try of the match.
Gamebreaker: Wales excelled throughout the game but a brace of tries before the interval ensured that the lead was too big for England to recover.