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Wales battle in second half but lose out

22nd August 2015, 17:19

Wales battle in second half but lose out

England remained unbeaten against Wales at under 16 level as their team of Super League Academy players claimed a 52-12 win despite a strong comeback from Wales in the second half.



By Ian Golden at Taff’s Well RFC


England remained unbeaten against Wales at under 16 level as their team of Super League Academy players claimed a 52-12 win despite a strong comeback from Wales in the second half.


The Welsh, whose players were drawn solely from local club sides had little to say against their opponents in the first half as England went 34-0 up.


However Wales refused to lie down and were applauded off after the second half was three tries all with England scoreless in the final 22 minutes.


A dropped ball while Wales were on the attack gave England their first opportunity in the first five minutes. From their second successive set, they had a chance but Matthew Ashcroft was called back for a forward pass as he was running for the line.


However from England’s next set, Hull FC’s Jack Browne ran over to give them the lead. Wakefield’s Josh Pinder converted.


Four minutes later, Browne twisted over for his and England’s second, created by Pinder, who added the extras to make the score 12-0.


From a Wales error, England went three tries up after a good passing move was finished in the corner by Warrington’s Andrew Bullman. Pinder’s kick was wide.


A gap was opened for Castleford’s Callum McClelland and he happily ran through it to ground for England’s fourth. Pinder converted.


Wigan’s Sam Storey was next on the scoresheet, just off the bench, he forced his way under the sticks. Pinder had no problem with the kick from under the sticks to make it 28-0.


There was still time before the interval for England to increase their lead further after Jordan Parr scored in the corner with Pinder converting to make it 34-0 at the interval.


England extended their lead in the first minute of the second half after St Helens’ Sean Croston ran unchallenged to the line. Jordan Parr converted.


However Wales hit back a clever short kick-off, regaining the ball with Monmouth’s Paris Thomas outwitting the English to sprint to the line. Fraser Stroud missed the kick.


But straight away, England regained the balance after Storey was released on the left flank to score his second with Parr converting.


Wales got another try back on 46 minutes, Thomas the creator on this occasion with The Raiders’ Blake Hughes grounding in the corner. Again Stroud was unable to convert.


Again England were fired up and scored straight away as Wigan’s Nathan Wilde forced his way under the sticks with Parr converting.


Wales kept pounding the England line looking for a third try but their defence stood firm. Archie Snook, Tom Devine and twice Jake McDonald were centimetres short of the line.


But their determination came to fruition in the end as McDonald, who hails from the now dual-code Pill Harriers club in Newport, grounded, but Cobi Green couldn’t land the conversion.


WALES (club and school in brackets):

1. Jaymes Price (Rhondda Outlaws / Aberdare High School)

2. Blake Hughes (The Raiders / Pembroke School)

3. Rowland Kaye (Bridgend Blue Bulls / Brynteg Comprehensive School)

4. Paris Thomas (Monmouth Comprehensive School)

5. James Smith (Pill Harriers / Caldicot Comprehensive School)

6. Fraser Stroud (vc) (Pill Harriers / Caerleon Comprehensive School)

7. Cobi Green (Rhondda Outlaws / Ysgol Gyfun Treorci)

8. Ross Williams (Rhondda Outlaws / Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni)

9. Macauley Harris (Rhondda Outlaws / Cardinal Newman RC High School)

10. Jordan Ball (The Raiders / Ysgol Y Strade)

11. Archie Snook (The Raiders / Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth)

12. Harry Bevan (Swansea Valley Rhinos / Llangatwg Community School)

13. Tom Devine (C) (Aber Valley Wolves / St Cenydd Comprehensive)

Subs: (all used)

14. Tom Crees (The Raiders / Ysgol Y Preseli)

15. Dan Morgans (The Raiders / Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth)

16. Connor Morris (Pill Harriers / St Joseph’s RC School, Newport)

17. Jake McDonald (Pill Harriers / St Joseph’s RC School, Newport)


Tries: Thomas (39), Hughes (46), McDonald (65)

Goals: Stroud 0/2, Green 0/1


ENGLAND (professional club and community club in brackets):

1. Jordan Parr (Wigan Warriors, Rochdale Mayfield)

2. Kiedan Hartley (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)

3. Robbie Storey (Hull FC, West Hull)

4. Sean Croston (St Helens, Newton Storm)

5. Andrew Bulman (Warrington Wolves, Wath Brow)

6. Callum McClelland (Castleford Tigers, Lock Lane)

7. Joshua Pinder (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Shaw Cross Sharks)

8. Jack Browne (Hull FC, East Hull)

9. Paul Nash (St Helens, Blackbrook Royals)

10. Matthew Heritage (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)

11. Callum Tranmer (Hull FC, West Hull)

12. Joseph Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)

13. Matthew Ashcroft (St Helens, Chorley Panthers)

Subs (all used)

14. Callum Green (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)

15. Adam Rooks (Hull KR, East Hull)

16. Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)

17. Samuel Storey (Wigan Warriors, East Leeds)


Tries: Browne (9, 14), Bullman (19), McClelland (23), Storey (29, 42), Parr (34), Croston (36), Wilde (48)

Goals: Pinder 5/6, Parr 3/3


Referee: Callum Straw

Half-time: 0-34

Attendance: 400 (est)