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STUDENT RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR NATIONS - SCOTLAND 30 WALES 8

26th June 2019, 18:55

STUDENT RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR NATIONS - SCOTLAND 30 WALES 8

The young Wales Students side were outmuscled in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening, as their slim chances of winning the Four Nations title fell at the hands of the hosts, the Scots winning 30-8.

STUDENT RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR NATIONS – ROUND 2

SCOTLAND 30 WALES 8

By Ian Golden

Peffermill Playing Fields, Edinburgh

The young Wales Students side were outmuscled in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening, as their slim chances of winning the Four Nations title fell at the hands of the hosts, the Scots winning 30-8.

Scotland took the lead in the fourth minute after Luke Walters went over. Skipper Matt Hogg, who played for the full Scotland side in last year's World Cup qualifiers, converted.

Wales got one back on 19 minutes after Rowland Kaye burst through the backline to score. Fraser Stroud missed the conversion.

But Scotland extended their lead on 26 minutes after a great finish from Walters for his second, slipping from the grasp of Wales defenders following a good build-up. Hogg missed the kick so Scotland were 10-4 up.

Cobi Green got the second try for Wales, and it was another classic score as he broke diagonally through the Scottish defence to ground in the corner. The kick was again missed.

But straight away Scotland scored their third. Chris Jollands finishing off a good passing move and having too much strength for the Welsh. Hogg converted and then landed a penalty with the final kick of the first half to put Scotland 18-8 up.

They scored again from their first set after the break. It was another well-worked play that saw Jack McMillan run through a gap. Hogg converted.

After that it was stalemate for over 20 minutes as neither side could find a way through. As tensions mounted for Wales, they gave away a penalty with 15 minutes to go which put the Scots back on the attack. Then after being awarded another penalty after five minutes of pressure on the Welsh line, Hogg kicked to put Scotland 26-8 up to seal the match.

Craig Robertson, who played for the full Scotland side against Wales last year, rubbed salt into Welsh wounds by adding another try. Hogg missed the kick but it mattered not and Scotland now go into Saturday’s decider against England needing a 29-point win to clinch the title on home turf.

SCOTLAND

1              Jonny Hutton (Furness College)                

2              Clayton Woods (University of Edinburgh)             

3              Jake Seymour (Leeds Beckett University)              

4              Craig Robertson (Herriott-Watt  University)

5              Fraser McNee (University of Cumbria)   

6              Alex Williams (Robert Gordon University)            

7              Matt Hogg (Newcastle University)

8              Connor Terrill (Furness College)

9              Luke Walters (West Nottinghamshire College)

10           Josh Honan (University of Wollongong) 

11           Jack McMillan (University of Bradford)                   

12           Charlie Emslie (Furness College)

13           Jordan Duncan  (West Nottinghamshire College)

Subs:

14           Dan May (Loughborough University)

15           Josh Dalton (University of Reading)

16           Chris Jollands (Aberdeen University)

17           Niall Hall (University of Dundee)

 

Tries: Walters (4, 26), Jollands (33), McMillan (43), Robertson (72)

Goals: Hogg 5/7

 

WALES

1              Connah Harding (Coleg Llandrillo)                            

2              James Bartlett (Cardiff and Vale College)              

12           Rowland Kaye (Cardiff Metropolitan University)                

15           Aled Davies (Liverpool John Moores University)                

5              Sam Baker (Swansea University)

6              Cobi Green (Leeds Beckett University)                   

7              Fraser Stroud (Leeds Beckett University)

11           Rhys Davies (Leeds Beckett University, captain)

9              Macauley Harris (Leeds Beckett University)         

8              Ellis Simon (Leeds Beckett University)                    

16           Jacob Lee (Coleg y Cymoedd)                    

10           Dewi Billingham (Leeds Beckett University)         

18          Max Hendy (University of Worcester)

Subs:    

13          Kieran Lewis (Coleg y Cymoedd)

17           Ieuan Roberts (Coleg y Cymoedd)

14           Matthew Morgan (Coleg y Cymoedd)

19           Charley Bodman (Coleg y Cymoedd)

 

Tries: Kaye (19), Green (30)

Goals: Stroud 0/2

 

Half-time: 8-18