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2009 Wales win Student title

12th April 2009, 18:40

2009 Wales win Student title

Wales won the Home Nations Student title in 2009.

Wales won the Home Nations Student title in 2009.

Following up an opening win over Scotland at Brighouse Rangers, Wales beat Ireland at Dudley Hill on Tuesday and England at Stanningley on Good Friday.

12-0 down in the first game, Scotland looked the most likely winners following tries from Mike Scott and Charlie Paxton each converted by Robbie Smith. But Wales turned the tables in stunning fashion forging a 14-point lead early in the second half with two tries from substitute Owain Brown, touchdowns for centre Daniel Phillips, winger Lloyd Stapleton and substitute Iwan Brown, three of which Rob Montgomery converted. Scotland scored two further tries with Jordan Rice and Paxton crossing in the 50th and 60th minutes but Wales won 26-22.

Wales followed that up with a 36-16 win over Ireland. The Irish, although never in front, were only 12-10 adrift early in the second period but fell away to a Lloyd Stapleton brace, supplemented by late tries for White, who totalled five goals, and Griffiths. Iwan Brown scored a try and a goal in the opening period and Jason Mossop nipped over. David Rolt scored a try and two goals for Ireland and Darragh Williamson and Gregg Mannion claimed touchdowns.

Favourites England were seen off in the final game 31-16 after having battled back from seven points down to within a point. Wales were never behind, stand-off Lloyd White the man of the match kicking four goals to embellish a fine all round display. Curtis Cunningham crossed twice and there were touchdowns for Rhys Griffiths, Craig Foy and Christiaan Roets, with Foy adding a conversion and a drop goal. Dom Hitchen, Vinny Finnigan and Kris Hobson hit back for England with Jy Mel Coleman and Dennis Tuffor kicking a goal apiece. England had Ashley Johnson sent off in the final minute for a very high tackle. White kicking the penalty, the final moment of the tournament, to cement the win and the title.

article by Ian Golden
12 April 2009