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Wales set up Grand finale

13th June 2012, 21:54

Wales set up Grand finale

Gareth Jones at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground.

 

Wales students sent out a warning to reigning champions England after they dispatched of Ireland in ruthless fashion in Wrexham.

 

Led around the park superbly by Mark Wool and Scott Amber, Wales’ high tempo and aggressive game may see them wrestle the Four Nations crown from their cross border rivals on Friday.

 

In what was a bruising encounter, Wales struck first through Izaak Duffy. Owain Griffiths darted from dummy half and offloaded the ball to on rushing prop to crash over under the sticks. Mark Wool added the extras.

 

Wales extended their lead minutes later. The ball was shifted out wide and Tom Morgan sent Yannic Parker through a big hole in the Irish defence as the floodgates threatened to open.

 

But the plucky Irish struck back. Wales gifted Ireland good field position through conceding back-to-back penalties. Irish centre  Callum Mulkeen drew the defender before offloading to Jason Thong for a try out wide.

 

Wales struck back five minutes later. Stand-off Kristian Hawkes spotted a gap in the Irish defence and burst through. Centre Jason Blackmore was in support and Hawkes drew the Irish full-back before offloading to his team mate to score.

 

Winger Patrick Evans got on the score sheet as the first half drew to a close. The ball went through the hands of the entire Welsh backline before it found its way into the hands of Evans, who finished superbly to ensure Walesle took a commanding lead into half-time.

 

Wales started the second half in typically aggressive fashion and were gifted a try in the opening exchanges.

 

Ireland full-back Joe Taylor spilled Scott Amber hanging bomb deep inside his own half. Wales’ Luke Evans was quickest to react as he picked up the ball for an easy try.

 

Jason Gahan beat several defenders on his way for Wales’ next try before Lewys Weaver tool advantage off the  tiring Irish defence after being set up by the outstanding Mark Wool.

 

Weaver then turned creator as he set up Yannic Parker for his second try with an audacious one-handed pass.

 

Hooker Owain Griffiths scored a brace of tries by darting from dummy half as luck began to desert the Irish.

 

And Prop Tom Morgan capped off a great evening for Wales with a superb individual try.

 

Ireland can take heart from their first half performance, where they matched Wales’ physicality and could put further points on the board with more clinical finishing.

 

But the evening belonged to Wales, who now face a mouth-watering game against England to see who will be crowned this year Four Nations champions.

 

WALES

1 Lewis Walker

2. Patrick Evans

3. Jason Blackmore

4. Yannic Parker

5. James Gahan

7. Scott Amber

6. Kristian Hawkes

8. Isaac Duffy

9. Owain Griffiths

10. Tom Morgan

11. Luke Evans

12. Mike Ward

13. Mark Wool

Subs

15. Lewys Weaver

18. Simon Wright

16. Callum Wilkinson

17. Nathan Rainer

 

Tries -  Duffy, Parker 2, Blackmore, P Evans, L Evans, Gahan, Weaver, Griffiths 2, Morgan

Goals – Wool (7/8) Hawkes (3/3)

 

Ireland

1.            Joe Taylor

2.            Jason Thong

3.            Sean Hogan

4.            Callum Mulkeen

5.            Daniel Moore

6.            Ken Savage

7.            Joel Hunchcliffe

8.            Matty Hadden

9.            Jamie Ward

10.          Oscar Oakley

18.          Dave O’Connor

11.          Sam Wellings

13.          Robbie Stewart

      Subs

14.          Ronan Hogan

12.          Connor Farrell

15.          Danny O’reagan

16.          JJ Bird

 

Tries – Thong