Wales Rugby League



2009 Under 18 Wales 30 Scotland 6

11th July 2009, 14:46

2009 Under 18 Wales 30 Scotland 6

Wales produced a strong performance against a Scottish side

Wales produced a strong performance against a Scottish side that managed to hold together impressively despite being outplayed in most departments.

Wales started particularly strongly and dominated the first half, but Scotland stuck to some sensible tactics and performed strongly in the second half.

Front rowers aren't always attributed with winning games but the outstanding performances of the starting and reserve front rowers for Wales ensured that they stayed firmly on top in this encounter from the very start.

Within the first couple of sets big prop Chris Davies was too much to handle going over from close range. The try was converted by front-row colleague Nathan Hawkins who started the game as if he were trying to be involved in every play and perform in every position, taking strong drives as well as performing tactical passes and back-line moves. With Wales dominant Dafydd Carter scored their second try with Hawkins again converting.

Scotland then managed to hold on with some impressive defence, but this was broken by a clever kick by Carter, who kicked superbly throughout, that set up Matthew Crane who showed good athleticism to be first to the ball.

Wales then brought on big Joe Sproston who in his spell managed to put Wales well and truly on top in the physical battle with some brutal defence and strong running, one of which a barnstorming 40 metere effort which was followed up with a strong run and try by Matthew Mcgovern who scored.

Scotland ended the half strongly and survived several tackles on their own line to ensure the score at half time score at a respectful 22-0.

Scotland continued this form into the second half, with half back Scott Woods and Full Back Josh Stoker looking impressive whenever they had attacking opportunities.

Wales' outside backs who didn't have things their own way started to find space in the second half, with several breaks coming from within their own half, one of which was expertly finished by centre Alun Howells. The conversion was missed and Scotland were soon attacking the Welsh line and Stoker almost scored, losing the ball in the act of scoring. From this mistake Wales again broke from their own half, this time it was on the left and winger Dan Godwin showed great pace and ability to score in the corner.

Wales nearly scored two more similar tries, the first was thwarted by a cover tackle by Scotland forward Ross Allen, who was impressive throughout, who chased back superbly. Shortly after another length of the field move was brought back for a forward pass.

Scotland finally got the try they so thoroughly deserved with rangy forward Kyle Green finally breaking the resolute Welsh defence, the goal was added by Dane Mole, to make the final score Wales 30 Scotland 6.

1 Phil Smith
2 Lloyd Jugesson
3 Alun Howells
4 Joe Merriman
5 Dan Godwin
6 Dafydd Carter
7 Adam John
8 Nathan Hawkins
9 Huw Robinson
10 Chris Davies
11 Gavin Jones
12 Matthew Crane
13 Grant Carney
14 Matthew McGovern
15 Tom Powell
16 Dale Tasker
20 Joe Sproston

1 Josh Stoker
2 Callum Mcdonald
3 Ash Honeyman
4 Dan Mole
5 Sam Dunn
6 Chad McGlame
7 Scott Woods
8 Mark Mcneil
9 Andy Gray
10 Tom Cunningham
11 Nathan Morris
12 Ross Allen
13 Nathan Dalchado
14 Alan Smith
15 Dylan Chester
16 Daniel Barron
17 Byron Whiley
18 Kyle Green

article by Caro Wild
11 July 2009