20th July 2008, 19:06
2008 England A 8 Wales A 24
Wales clinched their sixth Home Nations rugby league title
Wales clinched their sixth Home Nations rugby league title in seven years on Sunday after they beat England Lionhearts 24-8 at East Riding in Hull.
The timing of the win couldn't have been better for Wales who are retaining their crown. With the RFL making their decision on Tuesday on whether Celtic Crusaders will be awarded a Super League licence, the Welsh second string showed that they are once again the best of their level in the British Isles.
It was Wales' fourth win out of six over their old rivals and it was completed in style as they racked up a 22-point lead in an hour to make the game safe.
The Lionhearts took the lead on five minutes with a penalty goal from former Cardiff Demons fullback Matt Jackson.
But, Elliot Kear, playing his second game in as many days after starring for Crusaders Colts on Saturday, struck for the Wales on the quarter hour after running up the blindside to beat to score in corner. Paul Emmanuelli, another of the seven men who turned out at the Brewery Field in the Colts win over Hemel the day before, added the conversion.
It was 12-2 to Wales at half-time after a 100 metre try from Mark Harvey under the posts that Emmanuelli converted. Harvey picked up the ball from underneath his own sticks and beat off all the Englishmen to score.
Emmanuelli crashed over close to line on 50 minutes for a further Welsh try converting it himself, before a Steve Parry individual try break from dummy half from the half-way line ten minutes later. Emmanuelli's kick made the score 24-2
England scored a consolation try with ten minutes to go. Following a fine run on left from Matt Evans that was carried on by Darren Hawkyark, a quick play the ball from five metres out led to Alex Brown scoring which Jackson converted.
Men of the match
Wales: Elliott Kear
England: Darren Hawkyard
1. Matt Jackson (Devon Sharks)
2. Shaun Flynn (Bramley Buffaloes)
3. Ian Lane (East Riding)
4. Tom Senior (Huddersfield Underbank Rangers)
5. Gavin Houston (Gateshead Storm)
6. Daz Hawkyard (Huddersfield Underbank Rangers)
7. Scott Pendlebury (Bramley Buffaloes)
8. Mark Butterill (Bramley Buffaloes)
9. Alex Brown (Coventry Bears)
10. Dan Reeds (Lincoln City Knights)
11. Rick Smith (Northwich Stags)
12. Carl Leach (Huddersfield Underbank Rangers)
13. Chris Gardner (Bramley Buffaloes)
14. Matt Tichius (Plymouth Titans)
15. Pete Le Marquand (Ipswich Rhinos)
16. Matt Evans (Telford Raiders)
17. Andy Lake (St Albans Centurions)
18. Duncan Campbell (West London Sharks)
Tries: Brown (70)
Goals: Jackson 2/2
1. Elliot Kear (Cardiff Demons / Crusaders Colts)
2. Mark Harvey (NPT Steelers)
3. Greg Callow (Newport Titans / Crusaders Colts)
4. Lee Williams (Crusaders Colts)
5. Ashley Bateman (Crusaders Colts)
6. Paul Emmanuelli (Blackwood Bulldogs / Crusaders Colts)
7. Carl Thomas (Valley Cougars)
8. Anthony Lott (Newport Titans)
9. Byron Williams (Blackwood Bulldogs)
10. Mark Jones (Valley Cougars)
11. Dean Scully (NPT Steelers)
12. Anthony Watts (Valley Cougars)
13. Chris Watts (Valley Cougars)
14. Mark Wool (Crusaders Colts)
15. Steve Parry (Valley Cougars / Crusaders Colts)
16. Gil Dudson (Crusaders Colts)
17. Jon Breakingbury (Valley Cougars)
18. Kevin James (Valley Cougars)
Tries: Kear (15), Harvey (35), Emmanuelli (50), Harvey (60)
Goals: Emmanuelli 4/4
Referee: Chris Hancock (England)