18th June 2016, 16:34
Wales take second place in Student 4 Nations
England won the Student Four Nations for the third year in a row after beating Wales in Edinburgh on Saturday
WALES STUDENTS 14 ENGLAND STUDENTS 34
At Edinburgh University
England won the Student Four Nations for the third year in a row after beating Wales in Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon.
However, despite two defeats, Wales took second place, again for the third year in a row, this time of points difference after all Celtic nations recorded one win each, Scotland beating Ireland 52-26 in the penultimate game of the round robin competition.
England took the lead on 14 minutes after Brad Kislingbury forced his way over the line and Brewer converted.
But Wales levelled thing fives minutes later after Tom Davies broke down the right and Harry Boots finished off the try, Marcus Webb converted.
A sweeping move from left to right finished by James Hill in the corner gave England the lead back before Sam Druce jumped from dummy half and planted the ball over the line for the next try.
And just before half-time, James Woodburn-Hall's grubber caused havoc in the Welsh defence and Zack McComb profited with a try. Brewer missed all three conversions and England were leading 18-6 at the break.
Wales took first blood in the second half after Lewys Willacott broke down the wing and stepped inside and out to beat the full back to score. Webb missed the conversion attempt but the score was back to 18-10.
However England clinched things after dominating the next 20 minutes and recording four more tries, all of them unconverted.
Woodburn-Hall scored off the next play after great play by Lewis Lord.
That was before Brewer intercepted to give England position for Charlie Greene to strike.
On the hour, Jason Bass returned the ball from his own 40 to score next to the posts, the kick being sliced wide by Woodburn-Hall.
Then with ten minutes to go, a move from one touch line to the other gave Hill his second. Druce missing this time.
With five minutes to go, Wales scored a consolation, after a great round the back pass from Webb set up Evan Wynne. Webb’s subsequent conversion miss meant stunningly that no goals were converted in the second half.
Tries: Boots (19), Willacott (43), Wynne (76)
Goals: Webb 1/3
Tries: Kislingbury (14), Hill (25, 70), Druce (29), McComb (39), Woodburn-Hall (49), Greene (57), Bass (61)
Goals: Brewer 1/6, Woodburn-Hall 0/1, Druce 0/1