16th July 2011, 16:18
2011 Wales Dragonhearts 34 Scotland Bravehearts 22
Wales Dragonhearts second game match report in the 2011 Home Nations.
WALES DRAGONHEARTS 34 SCOTLAND BRAVEHEARTS 22
By Sian Couch at Caerphilly RFC
The Wales Dragonhearts cemented their place at the top of the Conference Home Nations table after beating Scotland Bravehearts 34-22 at Caerphilly's Virginia Park on Saturday. The win was made even sweeter by the news that Ireland had beaten their English counterparts in their own back yard later on that day, therefore the game against England is all to play for in order to clinch the title at Caerphilly in three weeks time.
Simon Green, team manager for the home side, was pleased with today's outcome ‘Scotland are a much better team than Ireland therefore we expected a tougher match. We have a completely different team than the one that was playing last year and the youngsters have shown great promise. Nick Clancy had a stormer in his first game, scoring a great try. ‘ When asked about the upcoming England game, Green stated ‘England are a tough team, so we will have to perform our best rugby. They beat us last year at the last minute'.
Green also stated that many of the team hailed from Bonymaen Broncos and was extremely pleased by their efforts.
The game started evenly, with the opposition scoring tries soon after the other side grounded. No side looked dominant and long periods passed without numbers being put on the board. It was the Welsh who opened the scoring when Gareth David grounded as he collected a pass from Dale Tucker. A pendulum of attacks followed with both looking to score. Scotland had their first points when Dave Vernon passed to Dominic Pullen who flew over the line taking the score to 6-4 with a missed conversion by Andy Grodynski of the Bravehearts.
Scotland went in the lead for the first time in the game a few minutes later when Stewart Fee battled through the Welsh defence to score in the corner but the advantage was a narrow one. The home side hit back with a good charge through the Scottish defence by Ian Brooks. With ten minutes to go of the first half the Scots were on the attack again, this time Andy Grodynski crashing over the line; the advantage swinging back to the Braves. Half-time beckoned and no side was caving into pressure, leaving plenty of motivation to do in the changing rooms during the break.
The second half could not have been more different as the Welsh powered through the visitors defence scoring 5 unanswered tries taking the game beyond the reach of the opposition. A brace by Richard Williams including a fantastic individual effort across the field following tries by Gareth Howells, Nick Clancy and a second try by Gareth David. One may wonder exactly what was said in the dressing room during half time!
The visitors clawed back tries with efforts by Dominic Pullen and Mike Stewart but the damage had already been done by Dragonhearts' fire in the opening 5 minutes.
The home side will now face England for a title decider at Virginia Park, Caerphilly, on Saturday August 6th 2011 (kick off 2.00pm). This will be a tough game for the youngsters but this victory puts them in pole position to lift that trophy at the end of the game in three weeks time.
1. Gareth David (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
2. Richard Williams (Bonymaen Broncos)
3. Lloyd Ryland (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
4. Gareth Howells (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
5. Grant Epton (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
6. Ian Brooks (Bonymaen Broncos)
7. Kristian Hawkes (Newport Titans)
8. Charles Stevenson (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
9. Rhys Meredith (Newport Titans) (20)
10. Rhys Miller (Torfaen Tigers)
11. Jamie Williams (Torfaen Tigers)
12. Richard Brooks (Bonymaen Broncos)
13. Dale Tucker (Newport Titans)
14. Craig Fox (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
15. Andy Milne (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
16. Nick Clancy (Bonymaen Broncos)
17. James Allen (Valley Cougars)
18. Nathan Hawkins (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
Tries: Gareth David (5, 53), Ian Brooks (25), Richard Williams (50, 65), Nick Clancy (52)
Goals: Gareth Howells (3/8)
1 Nick Broere (Edinburgh Eagles)
2 Calum Cockburn (Edinburgh Eagles)
3 Patrick Coupar (Edinburgh Eagles)
4 Nathan Crichton (West London Sharks)
5 Stuart Fee (Hemel Stags)
6 Ray Festorazzi (Ayrshire Storm)
7 Andy Grodynski (Edinburgh Eagles)
8 Colin Jarvis (University of Hull)
9 Rich Johnson (Edinburgh Eagles)
10 Giles Lomax (Edinburgh Eagles)
11 Matthew McNee (Hull Dockers)
12 Thomas Murray (Fife Lions)
13 Niall Parkinson (Edinburgh Eagles)
14 Gordon Powrie (Ayrshire Storm)
15 Dominic Pullen (UWIC)
16 Mike Stewart (Lincoln City Knights)
17 Dave Vernon (Edinburgh Eagles)
18 Greg Wallace (Fife Lions)
Tries: Dominic Pullen (22, 65), Stewart Fee (22), Andy Grodynski (30), Mike Stewart (75)
Goals: Andy Grodynski (2/5)
Referee: Ian Curzon