Wales Rugby League



ENGLAND u-18 24 WALES 30

10th November 2012, 17:47

ENGLAND u-18 24 WALES 30




WALES are leading the way in the UK at the Under-18 age group as they turned on the style to beat England at Leigh Miners ground on Saturday (November 10).


And the pleasing thing is that the victory could have been even more comprehensive had the Welsh lads not taken their foot off the gas in the last ten minutes to hand England a couple of late tries.


But that is being a bit hyper-critical as Wales contended with the loss of two big players through injury during the game to put in super-human performances.


Osian Phillips suffered a hip injury which put him on the sidelines, while Jordan Sheridan went off for the rest of the match with a knee problem.


It meant Wales played for an hour against tough opposition with just 15 players to rotate, which earned the praise of head coach Barry Eaton.


He said: "It was a good win in difficult conditions because there was a lot of rain at Leigh and the pitch was heavy.


"This was always going to be a step up in intensity from the win over Scotland last week We have some good ball-players in the team and credit to the boys they got stuck in."


Connor Farrer was a try-scoring star as he went over for a hat-trick of touchdowns, while skipper Courtney Davies had another excellent day with the boot both thorugh the posts and positionally around the field.


England were 14-6 up at one stage before the break and went into the interval 14-12 in front after Farrer scored.


But then Wales pressurised and, as with Scotland last week, another mid-half spell of pressure sent them into the lead.


Jason Blackmore had a fantastic run to send over Davies for the try that took Wales into an 18-14 lead.


And, from there, they never looked back as Davies complete his hat-trick and Blackmore got a try of his own before Wales saw their 16-point advantage chipped away in the closing minutes although they kept their composure to win.


Blackmore, Farrer and Rhys Pugsley all put in outstanding work during the afternoon along with the tactial play of Davies, but the entire team contributed to a brilliant win that sets Wales up for a huge clash at The Gnoll on November 28 when they play the Australian Institute of Sport.


Eaton added: "These three games were always going to be steps up as we started against Scotland, then played England and now have a go at the Australians.


"But if we can put in two good 40 minute halves of rugby we can cause them problems in a few weeks."