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2007 Ireland A 16 Wales A 16

14th July 2007, 16:38

2007 Ireland A 16 Wales A 16

Wales A have it all to do against England in Blackwood next month

Wales A have it all to do against England in Blackwood next month after being held to a 16-16 draw by Ireland A in Carlow on Saturday.

But they will know the task that they have to face to win the championship next month as Ireland travel to Scotland the day before they face the English.

Wales and Ireland are now joint top of the league on three points out of four with England a point behind following their 42-40 win over the Scots today.

However Wales skipper Karl Hocking said that knowing the result beforehand may not be to their benefit.

"We'll know what we have to do but this could work against us," Hocking said. "If we know we may have to score 20 points for example, we may be concentrating more on that than playing our normal game. However, we have an advantage against England being at home and we're confident of beating them as I feel we let Ireland off the hook today."

Wales took the lead on 20 minutes after Lee Williams followed up his own chip and beat the Irish defenders to score.

Hocking barged from the line eight minutes later with Paul Emmanuelli converting to make it 10-0 but Wales took their eye off the ball too much before half-time and their errors let Phil Purdue in for Ireland's opening try on the interval with Liam Walsh converting.

Wales started the second half well with an early length of the field try by David James that was once again converted by Emmanuelli but they once again let Ireland back in.

Liam Walsh scored from close range on 48 minutes converting it himself while Eimhin Griffiths leveled things up scoring with ten minutes remaining.

Crucially, Walsh couldn't make it a hat-trick of conversions which led for an

exciting last part of the game with Wales closest to getting a winner after Gareth David's drop-goal attempt went wide.

Wales' team manager Gavin Walker was disappointed that Wales couldn't get the win commenting: "I feel we dominated more than half of the game, but we couldn't finish our moves. It was a few silly mistakes let Ireland back in and in the end we showed character to keep it at 16-16."

Coach Wayne Williams added: "Both sides had some very good individuals, and I think we did well seeing seven of our boys today were under 21. I'm very proud of them all."

Ireland: 1 Alan McNamara (Treaty City Titans), 2 Lemaki Viapulu (Treaty City Titans), 3 Wayne Kelly (Portadown Pumas), 4 Mike Brodie (Treaty City Titans), 5 Eimhin Griffiths (Athlone Arrows), 6 Steve Gibbons (Carlow Crusaders) Capt, 7 Matt Ashe (Tullamore Knights), 8 Clive Gee (Portlaoise Panthers), 9 Liam Walsh (Siddal), 10 Phil Purdue (North Dublin Eagles), 11 Sean Hennessy (Carlow Crusaders), 12 Russell Armstrong (Carlow Crusaders), 13 Kevin O'Riordan (Treaty City Titans), 14 Bernard Westman (Tullamore Knights), 15 Brian Rushe (Tullamore Knights), 16 Mick Harte (Tullamore Knights), 17 Ross Barbour (Carlow Crusaders), 18 Mark Hanrahan (Treaty City Titans)

Tries: Purdue (39), Walsh (48), Griffiths (70)
Goals: Walsh 2/3

Wales squad: 1 Neil Dixon (Bridgend Blue Bulls), 2 Lee Williams (Valley Cougars), 3 Christian Roets (Bridgend Blue Bulls), 5 Daniel Blethyn (NPT Steelers), 4 David James (Blackwood Bulldogs), 6 Paul Emmanuelli (Blackwood Bulldogs), 7 Gareth David (Bridgend Blue Bulls), 8 Karl Hocking (Bridgend Blue Bulls), 9 Miles Davies (Cardiff Demons), 10 Joey Davies (Cardiff Demons), 11 Dean Scully (NPT Steelers), 12 John Bowd (Newport Titans), 13 Matthew Entwhistle (Torfaen Tigers), 14 Owen Lewis (Valley Cougars), 115 Steve Mayley (Torfaen Tigers), 6 Jason Hill (Torfaen Tigers), 17 Anthony Watts (Valley Cougars), 18 Mark Jones (Valley Cougars)

Tries: Williams (20), Hocking (28), James (43)
Goals: Emmanuelli 2/3

article by Ian Golden
14 July 2007