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2006 Under 19 France 42 Wales 4

11th July 2006, 20:27

2006 Under 19 France 42 Wales 4

A blistering second half performance which saw them post 30 points

A blistering second half performance which saw them post 30 points, enabled tournament favourites France to reach the final against a combative Welsh side.

The enthusiastic home crowd had to wait until the twentieth minute for the deadlock to be broken between two evenly matched outfits who struggled for supremacy; hooker Kane Bentley landing a penalty for the French.

An excellent move saw winger Adrien Maurel claim the opening touchdown in the corner soon after and just before the break Christopher Herold scored between the posts, Mickael Simon converting to make it 12-0 at half time.

Maurel's second touchdown two minutes into the second period opened the floodgates, with the faster French posting four touchdowns - through man of the match Bentley, Vincent Duport, Nicolas Delgal and the first of Frederic Vaccari's brace - in barely eight minutes.

Consolation for the hard working Welsh came with winger Adam King's score on the hour.

1 Cedric Barnagaud
2 Adrien Maurel
3 Nicolas De Martini
4 Christopher Herold
5 Frederic Vaccari
6 Nicolas Delgal
7 Aurelien Besset
8 Ismael Khattabi
9 Kane Bentley
10 Mohamed Jamil
11 Vincent Duport
12 Florian Quintilla
13 Jean Philippe Baile

Subs (all used)
14 Mickael Simon
15 Michael Tribillac
16 Jacques Rives
17 Julien Espugna

Tries:Maurel (22, 42), Herold (31), Bentley (47), Duport (49), Delgal (52), Vaccari (55, 68)
Goals: Bentley 2, Simon 3

1 Neil Gadd
2 Adam Dawe
3 Owen Lewis
4 Lee Williams
5 Adam King
6 Oliver Hughes
7 Garyn Lucas
8 Pat Howell
9 Tom Burnell
10 Matt Barron
11 Rhys Andrews
12 Billy Lavis
13 Barrie Philips

Subs (all used)
14 Gareth Moore
15 James Davies
16 Chris Vitalini
17 Nicky Griffiths

Tries: King (60)

Referee: Pascal Mombet (France)
Ville de Canet, Man of the Match:
Kane Bentley, France
Attendance: 963

article by Phil Caplan
11 July 2006