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WALES 14 IRELAND 46

2nd November 2014, 16:09

WALES 14 IRELAND 46

Ireland won the final game of the 2014 European Championship, beating Wales 46-14 in Wrexham on Sunday but it wasn't by the 41-point margin they needed to claim the trophy, 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup qualification.

WALES 14 IRELAND 46

By Ian Golden at The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium

 

Ireland won the final game of the 2014 European Championship, beating Wales 46-14 in Wrexham on Sunday but it wasn't by the 41-point margin they needed to claim the trophy, 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup qualification.

 

The young Wales side leave this year’s European Championship tournament with no wins on the board, but a lot of positives, the primary one being that a number of Welsh born players have stepped up to the mark where others were unavailable and have produced some good individual performances. They’ll be competing for places in Wales sides in future years alongside the Super League stars that didn’t put their hands up to play on this occasion.

 

Ireland took the lead on four minutes. A fine run from Ben Johnston set up the try and despite a good tackle from Lewis Reece initially stopping the charge, Will Hope forced his way over from the next play. Liam Finn converted.

 

The visitors’ second came eight minutes later when Brad Hargreaves went over in the corner after a good passing move. Finn missed the kick.

 

Finn put Luke Ambler through a gap to score Ireland’s third on 18 minutes than Finn duly goaled to put Ireland 16-0 up.

 

Another strong Irish set resulted in Hargreaves going over for their fourth try of the day on 32 minutes. Finn converted well and the Irish were 22-0 up and half-way to the points they needed to clinch the trophy.

 

And Finn went over for a deserved try two minutes before the break converting himself to put the Irish 28-0 up at the break.

 

Wales opened the second half well and in their first real dangerous attack of the game, Rhys Williams went over in the corner and Lewis Reece converted.

 

But the Irish hit back straight away as Hargreaves waltzed over for his hat-trick. Finn goaled to give then their 28-point margin back.

 

Matty Fozard thought he’d given Ireland more of a mountain to climb on 57 minutes as he grounded well but the pass leading to the touch-down was forward.

 

But Wales weren’t to be denied. An excellent run from Reece created a try on the wing for Dalton Grant, much to the delight of the coach load of fans his father had brought up from South Wales. Reece missed the kick.

 

Ireland were certainly battling to get those points on the board. Former Scorpions favourite Haydn Peacock was next over the line with Finn converting to make it 40-10.

 

Poor Welsh marking gave Ireland their eighth try. It was a good length of the field move to give them the position but Casey Dunne was given far too much space to walk it in. Finn converted and Ireland were just five points away from the Four Nations.

 

But Wales denied Ireland right just before final hooter. Ireland were attacking well and looking for the points that they needed, but Tom Hughes picked up a stray pass on his own goal-line and ran 100 metres for a well-deserved try. Emanuelli missed the kick.

 

WALES

1. Tom Hughes (Coventry Bears) 490

3. Dalton Grant (Barrow Raiders) 498

21. Lewis Reece (Toowoomba Clydesdales) 462

11. Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders) 458

19. Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras) 446

6. Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia) 480

10. Peter Lupton (Workington Town, capt) 476

34. Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs) 430

18. Matty Fozard (St Helens) 499

12. Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder) 450

31. Ricky Hough (Gateshead Thunder) 493

7. Ashley Bateman (South Wales Scorpions) 453

13. Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers) 481

Subs:

22. Joe Burke (Barrow Raiders) 469

5. Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions) 496

24. Morgan Evans (South Wales Scorpions) 497

17. Paul Emanuelli (South Wales Scorpions) 501

 

Tries: Williams (46), Grant (62), Hughes (79)

Goals: Reece 1/2, Emanuelli 0/1

 

IRELAND

1. Shannon McDonnell (St. Helens)

2. Brad Hargreaves (Wigan St. Patricks)

3. Haydn Peacock (Carcassonne)

4. Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)

5. Casey Dunne (Athboy Longhorns)

6. Ben Johnston (Halifax RLFC)

7. Liam Finn (Castleford Tigers)

8. Robbie Mulhern (Leeds Rhinos)

9. Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions)

10. Luke Ambler (Halifax)

11. Will Hope (Sheffield Eagles)

12. Josh Toole (North Sydney Bears)

13. Callum Casey (Halifax)

Subs:

14. Jobe Murphy (Dewsbury Rams)

15. Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs)

16. James Toole (Tweed Head Seagulls)

17. Matty Hadden (Antrim Eels)

 

Tries: Hope (4), Hargreaves (12, 30, 50), Ambler (18), Finn (38), Peacock (72), Dunne (78)

Goals: Finn 7/8

 

 

Referee: Ben Thaler (England)

Half-time: 0-28

Attendance: 1,293