13th June 2009, 14:48
2009 Under 18 Wales 34 England 20
Wales under 18s secured a perfect start to the big day of rugby league
Wales under 18s secured a perfect start to the big day of rugby league in the Bridgend area after comfortably beating their English counterparts at Maesteg RFC in hot temperatures on Saturday morning
This game was the first in a four-nations tournament also involving the under 18 sides from Ireland and Scotland.
The first half was more of a competitive affair than the second with the score at 26-20 at the interval.
Wales were 20-4 up at one stage thanks to early tries from Chris Davies and Loren Quick, the first of a hat-trick of tries from the loose forward, who also converted three times.
Dafydd Carter and Adam John also scored for Wales in the first half.
England fought back hard and their determination was rewarded by first half tries from John Frodsham and Danny Gaskel, the two lynchpins in the England side, as well as one each for Mike Sharett and Josh Jackson. Ben Mullen kicked two conversions.
Quick completed his hat-trick in the second half and Dan Godwin finished the scoring with a try as the pace slowed down due to the intense heat.
Quick took the plaudits but the game was virtually won by the pack. The second row pairing of Gavin Jones and Dan Crimmings, both new to rugby league, were both exceptional. Alex Webber and Rhys Fenton were also outstanding, replicating their excellent form for when they represented Celtic Crusaders in their National Youth League championship winning season.
WALES: Phil Smith (Valley Cougars), Alex Webber (Valley Cougars), Rhys Fenton (Cardiff Demons), Joe Merriman (Penallta Sharks), Dan Godwin (NPT Steelers), Dafydd Carter (Blackwood Bulldogs), Adam John (Valley Cougars), Chris Davies (Valley Cougars), Kyle Blackmore (Valley Cougars), Tom Beaumont (Rhyl Coasters), Gavin Jones (Blackwood Bulldogs), Dan Crimmins (Unattached), Loren Quick (Cardiff Demons). Subs: Dale Blackmore (Rhyl Coasters), Grant Carney (Newport Titans), Nathan Hawkins (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Lloyd Jugessun (Unattached), Joe Sproston (Rhyl Coasters).
Tries: Quick 3, Davies, Carter, John, Godwin.
Goals: Quick 3/7
ENGLAND: Mike Sharett (Wigan and Leigh College), John Frodsham (St Helens College), Alex Ingarfield (South London Storm), Danny Gaskel (Unattached), Josh Jackson (St Helens College), Ryan Hilliard (Carmell College), Ben Mullen (Unattached), Dom Crosby (Unattached), Ste Kiss (Oldham College), Cariern Clement (West London Sharks), Garry Sargent (Kent Ravens), Josh Brown (Oldham College), Kurtis Marsh (UCLAN). Subs: Jake Cotterell (West London Sharks), Tom Willoughby (Medway Dragons), Stuart Beattie (Hainault Bulldogs), Josh Cook (Hainault Bulldogs), Josh Ashby-Young (Greenwich Admirals).
Tries: Frodsham, Gaskel, Sharett, Jackson.
Goals: Mullen 2/4
Referee: Darren Scott
article by Ian Golden
13 June 2009