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Dream debut still hasn't sunk in properly for Elliott Jenkins

4th November 2018, 11:45

Dream debut still hasn't sunk in properly for Elliott Jenkins

One of the reasons sport is popular with so many people is because it can throw up some amazing stories. Add Elliott Jenkins to that list.

In the summer, Jenkins travelled out to Serbia to play for Wales' U19s and had signed a contract with Championship club Rochdale Hornets.

But he broke his jaw while in action for the U19s and looked set to miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

Fast forward a couple of months and the 19-year-old isn't only turning out for the senior team, but he's also making a big impact.

Jenkins put in an oustanding display alongisde halfback partner Josh Ralph, scoring two tries on debut in Wales' 50-12 victory over Scotland.

"It still hasn't sunk in properly," Jenkins admitted.

"I was a bit nervous beforehand, but no more so than when I normally play. Once you start playing, you soon forget about it.

"I hadn’t played for six months so I knew I’d be a bit rusty.

"I think it was obvious early on that myself and Josh Ralph hadn’t played together before. We’d trained together, but that doesn’t make up for playing with one another.

"We stuck to the game plan and everything came together."

Jenkins crosses for his second try of the evening

Wales' win, setting up a winner-takes-all 2021 World Cup qualifier against Ireland next weekend, was down to the forwards, according to Jenkins.

"Once our forwards got on the front foot, that’s when it all started to happen," he said.

"We scored 50 unanswered points, which is crazy really.

"I felt like we nearly had them cracked in the first half, but there was a bit too much dropped ball and a couple of poor kicks.

"I can’t believe we managed to score six tries in 21 minutes. Whenever we got the ball, I felt like something was going to happen.

"We really shifted Scotland about and that isn’t always easy to do in November. It wasn’t as if all of our tries were crash overs.

"It does make it so much easier when you’re playing off a forward pack like ours. Dan Fleming playing 80 minutes in an international match is unreal.

"Us backs are generally the ones who score and get the credit, but we can’t do it without our forwards. They set the platform and I think the win should go to them."

According to Jenkins, it feels like something really good is happening with Wales' squad.

"You have the likes of myself, Josh Ralph, Mike Butt and the lads at Halifax," he said.

"I think us younger lads are adding a lot of hunger and you have the more senior players to complement that.

"Hopefully, we can get the result against Ireland, qualify for the World Cup and we’ll see where we are in a couple of years.”

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