Wales Rugby League




4th July 2013, 13:46


A confident Wales, led by man of match James Gahan, produced a solid all round performance to see off the gallant South Africans.


From Stadium, Batley


A confident Wales, led by man of match James Gahan, produced a solid all round performance to see off the gallant South Africans.

The Student Springboks made the brigher start when Wales gifted them a try. Callum Bennett dropped a high ball and Marco Marais was able to pick up and go over in the corner, Jean Coetzer missing the conversion.

The Welsh, the current Home Nation champions, stepped up a gear scoring four unanswered tries. Gloucestershire All Gold Gahan poached a double in the corner as the South Africa defence struggled to cope with his pace. Yannic Parker and Joel Knight were the other try scorers, Callum Bennett converting two to make the half time score 20-4.

Wales started the second half as they finished the first, expansive passing enabling Parker to score his second.

South Africa were sparked into life when Hein Pretorius made a 60 metre break, escaping a number of tackles and was able to offload to Coetzer who goaled his own effort.

Riaan Laidlaw was sin-binned for an illegal shoulder charge a minute later and, despite the South Africans pressing the Welsh line, they could not find a finish.

Wales, who included full international Christian Roets, ended strongly, Mike Ward with their sixth and final try.

“We showed some nice touches in the game and passed it around well,” said Welsh coach Clive Griffiths. “This performance was pleasing as it is the first time we have played in 12 months so we were understandably a little rusty.”


2. Christian Roets 4. Yannic Parker 5. James Gahan 6. Jacob Morgan 7. Scott Amber 8. Isaak Duffy 9. Owain Griffiths 10. Callum Wilkinson 11. Mike Ward 13. Osian Phillips 17. Tom Hughes 18. Joel Knight 22. Callum Bennett

Substitutes: 14. Louis Singleton 15. Harrison Elliot 19. Matthew Wilcox 20. Victor Coker

Tries: Gahan 2, Parker 2, Knight, Ward

Goals: Bennett 3


1. Allan Kasselman (C) 3. Hein Pretorius 4. Jean Coetzer 5. Marco Marais 7. Hans Du Plessis 8. Shaune Brouwer 9. Andre Loader 10. Christo Louw 11. Ian Van Deventer 12. Gerhard De Wet 13. Neels Venter 15. Jean-Pierre Nel (Vice Captain) 17. Carel Van Lill

Substitutes: 14. Jean-Di Oosthuysen 16. Rudolf Prinsloo 19. Johan Harmse 21. Riaan Laidlaw

Tries: Marais, Coetzer

Goal: Coetzer

Referee: Tom Grant

Half time: 20-4



A second half super show saw England Students open their campaign with a comprehensive win, although the score line flattered them.

The opening quarter was a stalemate, Will Collins putting the hosts ahead and Jay Rossi doubling the lead on the half hour, both scored out wide and unconverted.

England fumbled the restart and, after a spell of pressure, Joseph McSwiney scored on the right, James Kelly goaling to reduce the gap to two points.

On the stroke of half time, an Irish kick through was caught by England captain Mark Wilson, who outpaced the defence, Nathan Fozzard’s goal making it 14-6 at the break.

A slip up by the England defence early in the second half saw Kelly carve out an opening but his pass to Joseph Mulhern was dropped.

Fozzard broke the line with a dummy in reply, Rossi going over out wide and, soon after, Sam Bowring found a gap to score by the posts, dashing Ireland’s hopes of a comeback; Fozzard adding the extras.

Working down the slope, a superb shimmy by Alistair Leak saw him over on the hour and, as the visitor’s confidence drained, Tom Carrol, Sam Blaney and Billy Griffiths crossed.

Gaz Hines completed the try scoring to bring up the half century, Fozzard with his seventh goal.

England coach Garath Platt commented, “The first 20-25 minutes were tough as Ireland were very aggressive. We conceded quite a few penalties but put that right in the second half.”


2. Lee Sanders 3. Sam Bowring 4. Jamie Love 7. Nathan Fozzard 9. Jay Rossi 10. Liam Thompson 12. Carl Loft 13. Sam Blaney 15. Tom Carrol 17. Anthony Squire 22. Alistair Leak 23. Will Collins 24. Mark Wilson (C)

Substitutes: 1. Gaz Hynes 14. Luke Bradley 18. Billy Griffiths 20. Chris Bowler

Tries: Collins, Rossi 2, Wilson, Bowring, Leak, Carrol, Blaney, Griffiths, Hynes

Goals: Fozzard 7


1. Eoin Murphy 2. Jamie Byrne 3. Joseph Mulhern 4. Sean Hogan 5. Ronan Hogan 6. James Kelly 7. Shane Kelly 8.Ger Arthurs 9. Zac Jungmann 10. John Beattie 11. Chris Hall 12.Graham O’Keeffe 13.Oliver O’Mara

Substitutes: 14. Ken Savage 15. Luke Malone 16. Sean Rennison 17. Joseph McSwiney

Try: McSwiney

Goal: J. Kelly

Referee: Chris Campbell

Half time: 14-6


From Provident Stadium, Bradford


The Kiwis showed no mercy with a 22-try romp, three players scoring hat-tricks.

Before the game the New Zealanders gave a rousing haka, presenting a chilling preview of the aggression and physicality the Russian players were to face in the next 80 minutes.

It took only five minutes for them to open the scoring, with rampaging prop Jon Masaga busting through a gap and galloping in from 30 metres. Bernard Gregorious grabbed a quick-fire double shortly afterwards after good build up play from his team mates.

Hamiora Mihaka scored the first of his brace on 17 minutes, racing between the posts after a missed tackle from a Russian defender.

Nick Read, Saimon Lomaloma and Tyler Shreurs all crossed for New Zealand in a ten minute spell, with Masaga scoring his second soon afterwards.

Shawn Gielen-Relph’s controversial try from a seemingly forward pass followed, Masaga sealing a brilliant first half hat-trick on the hooter after breaking down the left side, making the score 62-0 at half time.

In the second period, New Zealand scored at regular intervals, Lomaloma, Mihaka and full back Marrin Haggie all crossing before the hour mark.

The Russians had a couple of chances to register points but both times they coughed the ball up early in the tackle count.

Troy Hanley scored a second half hat-trick of breakaway tries with Richard Niu, and Aaron Jolley also adding their names to the list of try scorers.

Mihaka went over again in the final minute, scoring straight from the kick off.


1 Marrin Haggie

19 Richard Niu

3 Troy Hanley

15 Hamiora Mihaka

5 Bernard Gregorious

6 Denzil Hokianga

7 Joel Freeman

8 Andrew Kaulave

9 Aaron Jolley

10 Jon Masaga

11 Dexter Buchanan

4 Saimon Lomaloma

13 Nick Read


2 Raynard Haggie

12 Carlos Kohu-Martin

18 Tyler Shreurs

17 Shawn Gielen-Relph

Tries: Haggie, Niu, Hanley 3, Mihaka 3, Gregorious 2, Jolley 2, Masaga 3, Lomaloma 2, Read, Kohu-Martin, Schreurs, Gielen-Relph 2

Goals – Freeman 4, Jolley 10, R Haggie 4



1Igon Lapitckii

2 Denis Tiulenev

3 Dmitry Syubaev

13 Grigory Esin

19 Kirill Slobodchik

17 Vladimir Smusev

7 Valdmir Kosyrev

21 Boris Voloskov

9 Kirill Borisov

20 Andrey Chisyakov

21 Andrey Kuznetsov

12 Dmitrii Motorin

8 Viktor Tolstov

15 Evgeny Chebotarev

22 Artem Odinstov

5 Beto Dzhodzhua

16 Evgeny Belyavskiy

Referee – Steve Addy

Half-time – 62-0



Australia responded to New Zealand’s thrashing of Russia by taking Scotland apart.

Winger Josh Damen scored five tries for the Kangaroos as Scotland struggled to cope with the Australian’s power and nous throughout.

Kristian Wonka was the first to crash over after just three minutes, following a spill by Louis Senter from the kick-off; Cameron Bruest kicking his first of 14 conversions - missing only three all night.

A number of early handling errors from the Scots began to take its toll and Matt Waugh made them pay.

Further tries for Jamie Anderson, Gary Warburton and Michael Gayan followed, along with the imposing Isaak Ah Mau, who steamrolled his way through the defence time and again, before getting on the scoreboard himself.

Man of the match Damen crossed five minutes before the interval for his first, before quickly adding his second with a superb diving effort in the corner.

Centre Anderson played a slick one-two with Damen after the break to get his second try, before Scotland enjoyed their best spell.

The impressive Alasdair McDougal-Stone looked dangerous on the wing and Nathan Delgado broke the Australian backline for the first time but he knocked the ball on when he looked destined to score.

Scotland’s cameo was short lived, however, and David Sheehan, Cam Copeland, Shannon Norford, Luke Muttoon and Kareem Emara all went over, together with a further three tries for Damen.

Despite watching his side score 17 touchdowns, Australian coach Grant Stephenson was more pleased with his team’s defensive effort.

“I’m probably more pleased we didn’t concede any,” he said. “There are a couple of things to tweak, but I think we’re in good shape.”


1. Shannon Norford 2. Matt Waugh 3. Jamie Anderson 4. David Sheehan 5. Josh Damen 6. Michael Gayan 7. Cameron Bruest 10. Isaak Ah Mau 9. Dan Mahoney 17. Dan McCarthy 11. Gary Warburton 12. Kristian Wonka 13. Luke Muttoon

Tries: Wonka, Damon 5, Waugh, Anderson 2, Warburton, Sheehan, Gayan, Ah Mau, Copeland, Norford, Muttoon, Emara

Goals: Bruest 14


1. Paul Stewart 2. Liam McLaren 3. Dan Macleod 19. Aidan Holland 5. Alasdair McDougal-Stone 6. Martin McNiven 7. Louis Senter 8. Bobby Stables 9. Douglas Crighton 15. Sam Herron 11. Dan Turland 12. Nathan Delgado 13. Callum Boyle 20

Substitutes: Nathan Johnstone 17. Gavin Reed 22. Neil Cully 16. Calum Macdonald

Half time: 44-0