Wales Rugby League




28th July 2018, 17:33


Wales Under 16s achieved the nation’s highest age-grade win in 17 years after beating a fledgling Scotland side 80-0.



Robin Park, Wigan

Wales Under 16s achieved the nation’s highest age-grade win in 17 years after beating a fledgling Scotland side 80-0.

Six of Wales’ players, Ewan Badham, Kyle Huish, Jacob Lee, Harvey McDaid, Keenan McDaid and Shaun Webber, were in the under 16 side who beat England last year and they’ll now be fired up for the rematch on September 1st at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli when the English return for their annual encounter.

The inexperienced Scotland side, most of whom are in their first season playing rugby league, were no match for their opponents, many of whom have been playing since aged 11. These include three from Cardiff’s Ysgol Gyfun Gymareg Glantaf side who tasted glory at Wembley Stadium in the 2015 Year 7 Champion Schools Final Jac Lloyd, Josh Atkinson and Iwan Pyrs-Jones, who are all now at Wigan Warriors.

Wales had Scotland on the backfoot from the start and a Brynmor Bradley try gave them a eighth minute lead with Jac Lloyd converting.

An unconverted Harvey McDaid try soon followed, before another good effort from Iwan Prys-Jones, who became famous for his wonder try at Wembley three years ago, converted by Lloyd, brought the score onto 16-0 on 16 minutes.

It took another 10 minutes for Wales to increase their score, McDaid getting his second of the game and Lloyd converting. That made it 22-0 and Wales scored another three tries in the next 12 minutes to go in with a 40-0 half-time lead - Josh Atkinson, Ben Pinnock and Lewis Gough all ran over with Lloyd kicking well.

Shaun Webber got a hat-trick of tries within eight second half minutes, all converted by Lloyd, to bring the score up to 58-0.

Further tries followed by David Yulu-Nzamba and Ewan Badham, the first converted by Lloyd, to make it 68-0 on 54 minutes.

Wales were on course to beat their junior record of 84-0, set by the under 17s in 2001 in the country's first ever age-grade international, again versus Scotland, and it’s to the Scots’ credit that they didn’t achieve this, specifically their stand outs Jak Quinn and Finlay McCartney. It was down to them that Wales struggled to score down their left (Scotland’s right). 

The Scotland defence held for 11 minutes before Jason Lee’s try converted by Kyle Huish made it 74-0.

Then from kick-off, McDaid’s hat-trick try, converted by Huish completed the scoring.

Wales team manager Peter Tiffin said: “It’s great to get off to a winning start in our programme especially after such a tough couple of weeks in back to back camps at Wigan.

“I thought the boys were great today, they didn’t think they needed to score at every opportunity and went through everything Jason and the team have been working on over the last 14 days.

“I would like to thank the Scotland boys and their staff for the fixture today, they have plenty of potential and never gave up and it’s good to see the pathway at that age grade being made important in Scotland.

“We will now get back in to camp over the next couple of weeks to prepare for our next fixture against England at Stebonheath Park.

"After the match we sat down with the boys and they said that we know he can't be with us but that win was for Dafydd Hellard, our assistant coach who is currently fighting testicular cancer."



1 Harvey McDaid (Halton Farnworth Hornets / St Helens)

2 Shaun Webber (Cardiff Blue Dragons)

3 George Sheppard (West Wales Raiders)

4 Ben Pinnock (Aber Valley Wolves)

5 Iwan Pyrs-Jones (Wigan Warriors)

6 Kyle Huish (Aber Valley Wolves / Wigan Warriors)*

7 Jac Lloyd (Wigan Warriors)

8 Reilly Scriven (Torfaen Tigers)

9 Keenan McDaid (Halton Farnworth Hornets / St Helens)

10 Jacob Lee (Aber Valley Wolves / Wigan Warriors)*

11 Ewan Badham (Llanelli Knights / City of Hull)*

12 Morgan Jones (Cardiff Blue Dragons)

13 Brynmor Bradley (London Broncos)


14 Josh Atkinson (Wigan Warriors)

15 Cameron Samuel (Cardiff Blue Dragons)

16 Ieuan Hancock (Torfaen Tigers)*        

17 Lewis Gough (Cardiff Blue Dragons)

18 Luis Roberts (Folly Lane / Salford Red Devils)

19 Callum Penn (Torfaen Tigers)

20 David Yulu-Nzamba (Wigan Warriors)


Tries: Bradley (8), H McDaid (13, 26, 69), Prys-Jones (16), Atkinson (30), Pinnock (33), Gough (35), Webber (37, 40, 43), Yulu-Nzamba (48), Badham (54), Lee (65)

Goals: Lloyd 10/12, Huish 2/2


* Also in West Wales Raiders Academy



1 Euan Duguid

2 Finlay McCartney

18 Jak Quinn

4 Ben Jardine

5 Fraser Whyte

6 Matthew Ferguson (capt)

7 Cameron Young

20 Mason Cullen

9 Spike Birkett

10 Jarvis Bull

21 Jamie Young

24 Jack Smith

13 Cameron Taylor


14 Danny Healey

15 Max Wallace

16 Aaron McCall

17 Ross Forrest