21st June 2008, 18:58
2008 Scotland A 20 Wales A 62
Wales opened their Home Nations title defence in style
Wales opened their Home Nations title defence in style with an outstanding second half performance in Glasgow to hammer Scotland 62-20.
The visitors took a 6-0 lead through a 13th minute individual Tyrone Mahoney try that Lee Williams converted.
But Scotland struck back straight away through a Richard Knight effort but the conversion was missed.
Lee Williams broke through the centre to score and convert his own try to make it 4-12 on 24 minutes and Mahoney scored his second eight minutes later with Williams once again adding the extras.
Scotland controversially struck back just before the interval to make the score 10-18 with a John Cox try following two passes that both suspiciously looked forward.
Wales dominated the second half as they scored try after try hardly pausing for breath.
Mahoney burst through for his hat-trick on 42 minutes with Lee Williams converting.
Matt Harvey ran 60 metres to score under the posts four minutes later but somehow Williams missed the kick.
Scott Bessant broke through the middle on 51 minutes to make it 10-32.
Trevor James ran 40 metres down the wing to score Wales' seventh try on the hour and from kick-off Owen Jones caught the ball and waltzed through the defence for try number eight. Paul Emmanueli converted both.
From the next kick-off, Owen Jones laid the ball off to Emmanueli who ran 50 metres to score converting his own try.
And once again from the next kick-off Jones created a try, this time passing to Martin Corley who made a 30 metre run to the line with Emmanueli converting.
A lapse in defence allowed Scotland back into the game with two quick tries through Ashley Carroll, converted by Skipper, and Dave Vernon.
But Wales had the final say after Mark Wheeler broke through and offloaded to Jason Hill who scored under the posts. Wheeler converted.
WALES ‘A' SQUAD:
Neil Sloan - Valley Cougars
Trevor James - Blackwood Bulldogs
Lee Williams - Valley Cougars / Crusader Colts
Martin Corley - Newport Titans
Matt Harvey - NPT Steelers
Owen Jones - Newport Titans
Carl Thomas - Valley Cougars
Mark Wheeler - Newport Titans
Tyrone Mahoney - Newport Titans
Mark Jones - Valley Cougars
Dean Scully - NPT Steelers
Jason Hill - Torfaen Tigers
Adrian Owen - Valley Cougars
Anthony Lott - Newport Titans
Paul Young - Blackwood Bulldogs
Paul Emmanueli - Blackwood Bulldogs
James Allen - Valley Cougars
Scott Bessant - Newport Titans
Tries: Mahoney (13, 32, 42), Williams (24), Harvey (46), Bessant (51), James (60), Jones (63), Emmanueli (66), Corley (69), Hill (79)
Goals: Williams 4/6, Emmanueli 4/4, Wheeler 1/1
1 Blair Skipper - Fife Lions
2 Andy Todd - Edinburgh Eagles
3 Richard Knight - Leicester Phoenix
4 Barry Earl - Carlisle Centurions
5 Jordan Webster - Fife Lions
6 Paddy Coupar - Napier University
7 Bobby Bahadori - Gateshead Storm
8 Ashley Carroll - Edinburgh Eagles
9 David Vernon - Gateshead Storm
10 James MacKay - Carlisle Centurions
11 David Lynn - Napier University
12 David Simm - Easterhouse Panthers
13 Martin Edwards - Nottingham Outlaws
14 David Anderson - Edinburgh Eagles
15 Kevin Lang - Paisley Hurricanes
16 John Cox - Edinburgh Eagles
17 Gareth McColl - Fife Lions
18 Andy Grodynski - Edinburgh Eagles
Tries: Knight (18), Cox (39), Carroll (73), Vernon (76)
Goals: Skipper 2/4
article by Mark Rowley
21 June 2008