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Wales Students open with win - IRELAND 12 WALES 20

14th June 2015, 18:58

Wales Students open with win - IRELAND 12 WALES 20

Wales secured victory in the opening game of the Student Four Nations after dominating the first half against hosts Ireland.

STUDENT FOUR NATIONS

IRELAND 12 WALES 20

At Bray RFC, Dublin

 

Wales secured victory in the opening game of the Student Four Nations after dominating the first half against hosts Ireland.

 

The game was played in Bray at the oldest football ground on the Emerald Isle but it was the first time the stadium had hosted Rugby League matches, the historic debut being earlier in the day when England beat Scotland 56-6.

 

Wales took the lead on seven minutes charging down an Irish kick with Matt Davies running in under the posts. Marcus Webb converted.

 

A Joe Bridger try five minutes later went unconverted, then from kick-off Marcus Webb ran through, converting his own try to make the score 16-0 in a quarter of an hour.

 

However the rout didn’t happen as the remainder of the first half saw no further scoring.

 

It didn’t take long for Wales to open the second half scoring with George Giles going over for an early try which went unconverted to make the score 20-0.

 

Ireland fought back with two tries in the space of five second half minutes, first through Shane Kelly then Connor Phillips. James Kelly converted both to bring the score back to 20-12.

 

But in a carbon copy of the first half, the final 25 minutes saw no further scores and Wales held out.

 

Fixtures:

Tuesday 16th June – Wales v Scotland (2pm), Ireland v England (6pm)

Friday 19th June – England v Wales (noon), Ireland v Scotland (4pm)

 

IRELAND: Vincent Morris (Nottingham Trent University), James Kennedy (NUI Galway), Shane Brennan (Maynooth University), Peter O'Neill (Athlone I.T.), Matthew Connolly (Colaiste Ide), Josh Dean (Manchester Metropolitan University), James Kelly (University College Dublin), Andrew Keating (Dublin City University), Connor Phillips (Queens University), Ryan Healy (Drogheda Institute of Further Education), Stephen Costello (Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute), Jason Long (St Mary's University), Elliott Munnelly (Nottingham Trent University). Subs: Shane Kelly (Dublin City University), David Heath (NUI Galway), John Healy (University College Dublin), Peter Ryan (Athlone I.T.).

 

Tries: S.Kelly (50), Phillips (55)

Goals: J.Kelly 2/2

 

WALES: James Gahan (University of Gloucestershire), Joe Bridger (University of South Wales),  Jordan Howells (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Yousif Sulliman (University of South Wales), Fraser Robinson (University of Bath), Efan Ellis (University of Wales Trinity St David), Marcus Webb (Bridgend College), Morgan Evans (University of Bath), Alec Wheatley (Swansea University), Rhys Davies (Coleg Gwent), Matt Davies (Hartpury College), George Giles (University of Gloucestershire), Osian Phillips (University of South Wales). Subs: Curtis Davies (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), Connor Davies (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), Nathan Rainer (University of Gloucestershire), James Exley (University of Bath).

 

Tries: M.Davies (7), Bridger (12), Webb (14), Giles (46).

Goals: Webb 2/4

 

Half-time: 0-16