11th June 2012, 21:44
Wales outclass the Scots
By Ryan Gould at the Racecourse Ground
The pressure was on for Wales to deliver following England’s opening winning a few hours earlier, but that didn’t faze them what so ever. Infact, it spured them on to produce a fantastic performance that showed a great level of skill and pace which Scotland quite simply couldn’t handle.
The game was over by half time as Wales went in with 40-0 lead, most of the damage being done around the ruck area. The play-the-ball seemed to be at lightning speed from the Wales Students and that allowed them to gain strong metres, with the pack doing a lot of hard graft.
The pace was set immediately in the second minute as Yannic Parker collected a Kristian Hawkes grubber to score. Tom Morgan increased the advantage just two minutes later, showing great strength to break through and see his way over the try line.
They didn’t stop there as they added two more scores before the 15 minute mark, Owain Griffiths powering his way through the line firstly, and then James Gahan collected a floated Mark Wool kick in the corner to roll over and score.
Scotland toughened up in an attempt to keep the Welsh out, but that only last for a short while as Wales went over for two more before the interval. The first came via Luke Evans as he ran in for a simple score, and then Gahan claimed his second of the evening in a superb move.
Luke Evans burst through a gap in the Scots defence, and the ball then went through the hands of Yannic Parker before Gahan finished off the move in the left hand corner, which took the Welsh into that 40-0 lead.
The second half continued as the first one finished, Wales in full flow and producing some delightful moves. Scotland were tiring even more and with the forwards constantly laying the platform, the backs could work their magic.
Harrison Elliott made a superb break down the right hand side and that provided the field position for Tom Morgan to go over for his seond, down the middle. Gahan then sealed his hat trick after a Scott Amber pass fell to ground, which he gathered and finished off nicely in the corner.
Tom Morgan was agonisingly close to claiming a treble for himself, but a collision with the posts held him short of the line. Louis Singleton made no mistake though as he crashed over from acting half in the next play.
Another South Wales Hornets player had their say on the scoreline as Simon Wright was sent through a hole for a try and the last Welsh score came from Tom Beaumont with ten minutes to go.
The Scottish had the last say on proceedings though, as Phillip Laing managed to reach out to ground the ball with a matter of minutes left.
Any chance Scotland had of putting a strong bid in for the trophy this time looks slim if they continue as they are. However, for Wales, the future is looking bright with emphatic performances like this. Ireland are Wales’ next opponents, in what is a tough game to predict following todays game which they play 77 minutes with 12 men. Scotland will face England in the earlier game at 5pm.
Tries: Parker 2, Morgan 4, 48, Griffiths 11, Gahan 14, 38, 50, Ward 30, Evans 32, Warner 57, Singleton 60, Wright 63, Beaumont 70
Goals: Wool 11/13
Tries: Laing 75