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2008 Under 16 Wales 6 England 10

22nd March 2008, 20:15

2008 Under 16 Wales 6 England 10

England still remain unbeaten in the four year history

England still remain unbeaten in the four year history of the Good Friday Rugby League under-16 international after defeating Wales 10-6 at the Brewery Field, but Wales pushed their visitors closer than they've ever done before and can consider themselves unlucky not to have picked up a win or draw.

Brilliant defence by both teams in an action packed first period kept the score at stale-mate at 0-0 at half time.

The visitors came close to a try early on in the match when Rhys Evans came near to the line but was tackled by Wales' Callum Bennett, while a chip kick by Dafydd Carter of Wales was picked up by Evans again.

England's Reece Lyne went over for a try on 25 minutes but this was disallowed as the referee had already blown for a penalty.

Adam O'Brien of England was prevented by scoring by Lewis Rossini and Kyle Blackmore of Wales just before the half time hooter.

Wales started the second half in the ascendancy and had a few early chances.

Aaron Harris and Jack Gronow combined for a 40 metre run but Gronow was tackled into touch by Matthew Russell.

The Welsh finally opened the scoring on 36 minutes (the match was 30 minutes each way) after being awarded a penalty for a high tackle and Callum Bennett superbly kicked from 35 metres.

Wales could have had a first try soon after when Dafydd Carter chipped into the goal area but no one was able to latch onto it.

A try by Matthew Whatley made it 6-0 for the home side with 10 minutes remaining but Bennett missed the kick.

England struck back with 10 minutes to go as Adam O'Brien crossed the try line and it was converted by Luke Anderson to level the scores.

Both teams then looked for the winner with England coming close on a couple of occasions. Daniel Jones was brought down by Bennett and Sam Cross while Luke Anderson was held up on the try line.

And England finally broke Welsh hearts when Reece Lyne scored the winning try with two minutes to go.

Welsh coach Aled James was proud of his players.

"I was happy with the performance and the commitment shown by the lads," he said. "They got stuck in which almost gave us a result. In fairness, England never gave up and two late tries enabled them to steal victory. We were two minutes away from what would have been a massive result for us."

WALES
1 Lewis Rossini
2 Matthew Whatley
3 Alex Herbert
4 Aaron Harris
5 Jack Gronow
6 Callum Bennett
7 Dafydd Carter
8 Thomas Baugh
9 Kyle Blackmore
10 Adam Seymour
11 Matthew McGovern
12 Matthew Crane
13 Grant Carney
Subs:
14 Adam Lewis
15 Rhys Meredith
16 Sam Cross
17 Dan Barron
18 Rhys Handley
Tries: Whatley (36)
Goals: Bennett 1/2

ENGLAND
1 Matthew Russell
2 Rhys Evans
3 Joshua Jones (Captain)
4 Reece Lyne
5 Louis Sheriff
6 Jack Pickerill
7 Kristian Bell
8 Greg Burke
9 Keith Holden
10 Ben Evans
11 Daniel Bridge
12 Aaron Ollett
13 Daniel Jones
Subs:
14 Luke Anderson
15 Michael Jackman
16 Adam O'Brien
17 Joe Date
18 Callum Taylor
Tries: O'Brien (50), Lyne (58)
Goals: Anderson 1/2

Referee: Darren Scott (Australia)
Half-time: 0-0
Men of the Match:
Wales - Dafydd Carter
England - Rhys Evans
Scoring Sequence: 2-0, 6-0, 6-6, 6-10
Gamebreaker: Reece Lyne's winning try with just two minutes remaining.
Gamestar: Welsh-born winger Rhys Evans who was unfortunately playing for England. Wales could have clinched this game had he been playing in red.

article by Sian Couch
22 March 2008