Wales battle England in the Cape
In Round 2 of the Under-18 International Series, played this time at Stellenberg High School in Durbanville, Cape Town, Wales established a healthy lead in the first half. At one stage, it was 19-3, and in the end Wales won 26-20 as England fought back.
England attacked first when a kick put Ioan Lloyd under pressure near his own line, leading to a five-metre scrum. Wales were freekicked, England tapped but a knock-on gave Sam Costelow a chance to clear.
Wales won a tighthead at a scrum and went on an attack of 18 phases. They bashed at the line and strong hooker Cameron Lewis scored. 7-0 after 15 minutes.
Harri Doel was close but Phil Cokanasiga managed to push him into touch.
Raffi Quirke kicked a boxkick and Ioan Lloyd countered going left. Wales went right and suddenly Costelow broke clean past forwards and round a defender to score at the posts. 14-0.
Then it was England’s turn to play the phases and when Wales tackled high flyhalf George Barton goaled. 14-3.
Three minutes later Wales sped on the attack and right wing Doel passed inside to centre Osian Knott who scored with scrumhalf Ellis Bevan next to him. 19-3 after 28 minutes.
A penalty set England attacking but the Welsh defenders held Josh Gillespie up near the line to win the scrum from the maul.
England were attacking just before half-time, when flyhalf Barton burst and stepped over for a try at the posts which he converted. That made the half-time score 19-10.
Barton goaled a 42-metre penalty for an infringement at the tackle to make the score 19-13, and England were back in the game.
England looked certain to get a try under the posts, when lock George Martin charged through a gap, threw a dummy which Lloyd bought and was just short of the goal-line when Costelow felled him from behind.
When Costelow kicked an offside penalty out, Wales had a chance to attack at close quarters. They went right and the passing went prop-centre-lock and lock scored – Ben Warren to Aneurin Owen to Teddy Williams who scored far out. Costelow converted and it was 26-13 with 16 minutes still to play.
Changes helped as bulky hooker Alfie Barbeary charged and England used a penalty to go on the attack from a line-out. They battered at the line, getting ever closer till they believed that Harvey Beaton had scored. The referee also believed that he had scored but asked the TMO to play devil’s advocate, giving a reason not to award the try. The TMO had no reason not to canonise Beaton’s efforts with a try. Barton converted and it was 26-20 with 11 minutes to play.
England were alive, rushing about the field with enthusiasm. It seemed that they would reap the reward when, well within his own half, Barbeary came charging away from a tackle/ruck. He ran over a defender and with support on both sides near the England 22, he chose the left where there was a bit of a Welsh impediment, and Callum Pascoe knocked on Barbeary’s pass. It was England’s last real chance to win the match.
At the final whistle the Welsh gave full vent to their delight.
Tries: Lewis, Costelow, Knott, Williams
Tries: Barton, Beaton
Cons: Barton, Curtis
Pens: Barton 2
England: 15 Will Haydon-Wood, 14 Jack Bates, 13 Tom Roebuck, 12 Phil Cokanasiga, 11 Josh Gillespie, 10 George Barton, 9 Raffi Quirke, 8 Jack Clement, 7 Fin Rossiter (captain), 6 Archie Smeaton, 5 Chunya Munga, 4 George Hammond, 3 Jack Hughes, 2 Sam Riley, 1 Rowan Mullis
Replacements: 16 Alfie Barbeary, 17 James Whitcombe, 18 Harvey Beaton, 19 George Martin, 20 Harry Dugmore, 21 Nahum Merigan, 22 Callum Pascoe, 23 Tom Curtis, 24 Josh Hallett, 25 Louis Lynagh, 26 Lennox Anyanwu
Wales: 15 Ioan Lloyd, 14 Harri Doel, 13 Osian Knott, 12 Aneurin Owen, 11 Louis Rees-Zammit, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Ellis Bevan, 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu, 7 Jac Morgan (captain), 6 Oliver White, 5 Jac Price, 4 Teddy Williams, 3 Ben Warren, 2 Cameron Lewis, 1 Callum Williams,
Replacements: 16 Llew Phillips-Taylor, 17 Luke Yendle, 18 Garyn Phillips, 19 Archie Griffin, 20 Rob Brookson, 21 Ioan Davies, 22 Morgan French, 23 Dan Babos, 24 Evan Lloyd, 25 Ewan Rosser, 26 Morgan Richards, 27 Joe Roberts
Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Jaco Smith (South Africa), Bulela Qwane (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)