14th April 2006, 17:39
2006 Under 16 Wales 0 England 24
England under-15s won the Good Friday Challenge for a second year
England under-15s won the Good Friday Challenge for a second year in a row after their 24-0 defeat of Wales at the Brewery Field.
Scott Clarke gave England a 2-0 lead on ten minutes after Oliver Morris was penalised following a high tackle.
Wales were close to taking the lead just minutes later. Jamie Murphy made a clever run down the wing setting up Scott Milton who was tackled into touch by his opposite number Tom Stancliffe.
Clarke increased England's lead with a try on 17 minutes after being set up by Jack Reid converting his own try.
England had a try disallowed for a forward pass a few minutes later, Scott Leatherbarrow the unlucky lad who had his score cancelled. Matt Massey also had a chance to increase England's lead but just failed to hold on to the ball following Matt Wildie's kick. Wildie had a similar chance himself just before half-time with the same result.
Following a lengthy spell of Welsh pressure, Niall Kerr did extend England's lead, breaking through the defence to ground under the sticks. Clarke converted.
Joe Mellor added another for England with 15 minutes remaining and Max Wiper scored in the corner four minutes later.
England kept up the pressure and had a third disallowed try, Dave Morris' effort being cancelled out following a forward pass.
Wales had their chances. Their best of the half came on 63 minutes when Nathan Watkins made an excellent run down the left wing but was tackled into touch by John Davies while Oliver Morris also came close to grounding.
WALES: Sam Kettle (Torfaen Tigers), Nathan Watkins (Cardiff Demons), Oliver Morris (Cardiff Demons), Jamie Murphy (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Scott Milton (Aberavon Fighting Irish), Iain Smerdon (Valley Cougars), Steven Williams (Valley Cougars), Leam Williams (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Jordan Jones (Valley Cougars), Josh Davidson (Newport Titans), Gil Dudson (Torfaen Tigers), Mathew Norman (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Gary Williams (Valley Cougars). Subs: Neil Wallace (Aberavon Fighting Irish), Grant Davis (Bridgend Blue Bulls), Cordell Wilson (Newport Titans), Ashley Rowley (Valley Cougars), Craig Attwell (Torfaen Tigers).
ENGLAND: Will Colledon (Castleford Tigers), Scott Clarke (St Helens), Gareth Melling (Wigan Warriors), Max Wiper (Barrow Raiders), Tom Stancliffe (Hull FC), Matt Wildie, Scott Leatherbarrow (Wigan Warriors), Niall Kerr, Nathan Rowley (Hull FC), Joe Molyneux (St Helens), Shane Tasker-Howard (Leeds Rhinos), John Davies (Wakefield Trinity), Jack Reid (Warrington Warriors). Subs: Daniel Rayson (Whitehaven), Dave Morris (Hull FC), Matt Massey (Leeds Rhinos), Joe Mellor (Warrington Wolves), Josh Barlow (Wigan Warriors).
Tries: Clarke (17), Kerr (45), Mellor (55), Wiper (59)
Goals: Clarke 4/5
Referee: Richard Rees
Article by Ian Golden
14 Apr 2006