4th April 2012, 19:25
2012 Under 16 - England 30 Wales 4
The England Youth side secured a 30-4 victory over their Welsh counter
The England Youth side secured a 30-4 victory over their Welsh counterparts at Sheffield's Mount St Mary's in a game that was played in difficult conditions.
Three tries either side of halftime ensured England were never in trouble against a spirited Wales side who threw everything they had at the English defence.
It took less than two minutes for England to open the scoring, when Wakefield centre Kieran Holt capitalised on some early enterprising play to squeeze in down the left hand flank.
It could have signalled the opening of the floodgates but Wales responded with passion and poured on the pressure. Twice held-up over the line, Wales looked certain to capitalise on a sustained period of pressure but poor handling allowed England to relieve the pressure and they didn't need a second opportunity to pounce.
Stand-off Joesph Keys scored a superb individual effort when he broke through the first line of defence 50 yards out and showed an impressive turn of pace and nimble footwork to jink his way over the line. Scrumhalf Dominic Wear added the extras to give England a 10-0 lead.
Second Row Jacob Ware then added a third for the home side minutes before the half-time whistle to give England a comfortable looking 14-0 halftime lead.
A blistering start to the second half saw England extend the lead to 18-0 with only 30 seconds played when winger Jack Johnson found himself in space down the left.
That left hand combination proved fruitful again minutes later when Johnson combined with Holt before interchange Ashley Basitman crashed over from close range.
Holt scored his second of the game shortly after to extend the score line to 30-0.
Welsh centre Calvin Wellington notched a consolation try for the visitors with less than 10 minutes to go and Wales could have added more had they not squandered two golden opportunities.
"I think the lads played with their hearts on their sleeves today," said stand-in head coach Tony Drury. "They did some great things out there and they made some silly errors as well.
"But these are young lads just starting out and you expect that but what really pleased me was that when they did make mistakes they stuck together and showed great spirit as a team.
"Wales came at us and they threw everything they had at us and our defence stood strong and I was happy with what they did today.
"There were some great individual performances but there was a great team display and that's the most pleasing thing."
Wales assistant coach Lee Cullen said: "After the hard work we put in over the last couple of weeks I just thought that we didn't perform. Credit to England they took their chances. In the first half we should have scored some points but the English defence was very good on their own line.
"We were disappointed because we had practiced well for the last couple of weeks but the boys froze and were a bit overawed by the occasion.
"We will be back to the drawing board for the Scholarship which is about to start. We will take some positives out of the game and look forward to playing the likes of Wigan in the Scholarship."
England Youth Side (Professional Club, Community Club and School)
1, Harry Tyson-Wilson (Hull FC/Skirlaugh Bulls/Sirius Academy)
2, Frederick Bailey (Midlands/Telford Raiders/Burton Burough)
3, Aron Manger (Leeds Rhinos/Siddal/Brooksbank School Sports College)
4, Kieran Holt (Wakefield Wildcats/Stanley Rangers/Outwood Grange Academy)
5, Jack Johnson (Warrington Wolves/Saddleworth Rangers/Audenshaw School)
6, Joseph Keyes (London Broncos/ Medway Dragons /Leventhorpe Academy)
7, Dominic Wear (Wigan Warriors/Kells ARLFC/St Benedicts Catholic High School)
8, Frazer Morris (Huddersfield Giants/Meltham All Blacks/Honley High)
9, Lewis Lord (Leeds Rhinos/York Acorn/Tadcaster Grammar School)
10, Bradley Thompson (Salford/Kells ARLFC/Whitehaven School)
11, Will Carlos (Huddersfield Giants/Stanley Rangers/Castle Hall Academy)
12, Jacob Ware (Leeds Rhinos/Westgate Wolves/Outwood Grange Academy)
13, Kane Ditchfield (Warrington Wolves/Crossfield/Bridgwater High)
14, Kane Young (North East/Durham Tigers/Framwellgate School of Durham)
15, Connor Adams (Wigan Warriors/Telford Raiders/The Burton Borough School)
16, Jordan Hill (NA/Leigh East/Lowton High School)
17, Louis Foster (Widnes/Halton Hornets/Wade Deacon High School)
18, Ashley Bastiman (Hull FC/Skirlaugh Bulls/South Holderness College)
Tries: Holt 2, Keyes, Ware, Johnson, Bastiman
Goals: Wear 3
Wales side (Community Club and School)
1 Ben Jones (Bridgend Blue Bulls/Ysgol Llangynwyd)
2 Regan Grace (Neath Port Talbot Steelers/St Joseph's RC)
3 Calvin Wellington (Neath Port Talbot Steelers/Dyffryn Comprehensive)
4 Sam Farrer-Evans (Tydfil Wildcats/Cyfarthfa High School)
5 Benoit Kamden (Cardiff Spartans/Mary Immaculate High School)
6 Jake Carroll (Glynneath and Abercrave Giants/Ysgol Gyfun Maesydderwen)
7 Levi Quirke-Knowles (Panthers (Pontyclun)/Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg)
8 Jake Thomas (Heolddu Comprehensive)
9 Ollie Vickers (Telford Raiders/Church Stretton)
10 James Little (Panthers (Pontyclun)/Y Pant Comprehensive)
11 Joe Gage (Glynneath and Abercrave Giants/Ysgol Gyfun Maesydderwen)
12 Bradley Mais (Panthers (Pontyclun)/Cantonian High School)
13 Connor Davies (Neath Port Talbot Steelers/Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera)
14 Owain Lord (Panthers (Pontyclun)/Ysgol Bro Morgannwg)
15 Tom Hawkins (Monmouth Comprehensive)
16 Rhys Finney (Glyncoed Comprehensive School)
17 Lewis Kirk (Panthers (Pontyclun)/Cantonian High School)
18 Joe Festa (Glynneath and Abercrave Giants/Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe)
Sin Bin: Thomas (given for delaying the restart)