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Raiders and Crusaders win England v Wales battle

21st June 2016, 08:31

Raiders and Crusaders win England v Wales battle

North Wales Crusaders and West Wales Raiders clinched the England v Wales battle 2-0 on Sunday, after beating Gloucestershire All Golds' firsts and seconds respectively. Here's how the action happened...

North Wales Crusaders and West Wales Raiders clinched the England v Wales battle 2-0 on Sunday, after beating Gloucestershire All Golds' firsts and seconds respectively. Here's how the action happened...

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS RESERVES 24 WEST WALES RAIDERS 26

By Chris Wilson at Prince of Wales Stadium

 

The Raiders escaped from Cheltenham with a narrow two point win as they showed just enough composure at the end to frustrate the All Golds and ensure that the home side could not build on the territory and possession they had.

 

The All Golds have only themselves to blame as they twice held ten-point leads but frittered them away with careless handling and ill-discipline.

 

The heavens opened just before the start of the game, which perhaps excused some of the handling errors but not all as the defence from both sides was fierce.

 

After ten mistake-filled minutes, the visitors took the lead with a straightforward passing move that ended with Morgan Jefferies scoring.

 

Harry Kidd powered over eight minutes later, Archie Gibbs putting the All Golds ahead with the conversion. Rowland Kaye dived in at the corner to put the Raiders back in front almost immediately but the All Golds were ahead at the break thanks to Luke Stephens who scored from close range.

 

A flurry of tries early in the second period saw the All Golds build then lose potentially match-winning leads as the Raiders just wouldn’t lie down.

 

Dale Walters capitalised on a Raiders mistake three minutes into the second period, Gibbs’ goal easing the home side out to an 18-8 lead, but Kyle Bryan smashed through the middle and sent prop Murphy Holt striding away to the line.

 

Luke Williams’ goal cut the deficit to four points but Callum Bradbury’s charge from 20 metres out restored the All Golds’ ten-point advantage straight away.

 

The Raiders were next to score, though Daf Phillips seemed to knock on at dummy half before driving over.

 

Both sides then lost their fullbacks to the sin-bin after a brief flare up but the scoring continued as, six minutes later, Scott Davies got the crucial score to put the Raiders ahead as he crashed through the defence to touch down and Williams nudged the Raiders into a two-point lead.

 

Now playing catch-up, the All Golds found the conditions against them as the slippery ball proved tough to handle and though they received plenty of possession through Raiders’ indiscipline, they could not threaten the line with it.

 

Their best chance came and went when Sam Hodge was ruled to have lost the ball in the tackle after breaking the line with two minutes remaining.

 

Teams:

ALL GOLDS: Kieran Webb; Aedan Coleman, Jack Uren, Sam Hodge, Dale Walters; Archie Gibbs, James Watkins; Callum Bradbury, Luke Stephens, James Walter; Jack Binks, Chris True (Capt.); Harry Kidd; INTERCHANGE: George Bidwell-Ford, Ryan Solomon, Mitchell Dent, Connor Jones.

 

Scorers:

Tries; Harry Kidd (20), Luke Stephens (31), Dale Walters (43), Callum Bradbury (52),

Goals; Archie Gibbs 4 from 4

 

RAIDERS: Shane Edwards; Curtis Ford, Alex Keeton, Josh Taylor, Rowland Kaye; Luke Williams (Capt), Dai Daniels; Jonny Rees, Daf Phillips, Murphy Holt; Archie Snook, Tom Stratford; Morgan Jefferies; INTERCHANGE: Kyle Bryan, Ben Rees, Aaron Lewis, Scott Davies.

 

Scorers:

Tries; Morgan Jefferies (12), Rowland Kaye (24), Murphy Holt (49), Daf Phillips (56), Scott Davies (66)

Goals; Luke Williams 3 from 5

 

Scoring sequence: 0-4, 6-4, 6-8, 12-8, (HT), 18-8, 18-14, 24-14, 24-20, 24-26, (FT)

Referee: Stuart Orton (RFL Appointment)

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS 18 NORTH WALES CRUSADERS 30

By Josh Pays at Prince of Wales Stadium

 

AN impressive first half showing from the Crusaders proved to be too much for Gloucestershire to over come as the Welsh side won 18-30.

 

Despite the hosts opening the afternoon’s scoring the first half belonged to the Crusaders who replied with four tries to lead 22-6 at the break.

 

The home side hit back in the second half to bring the gap down to just six points. However, a late try from Billy Brickhill  sealed the result for the Crusaders.

 

It was the hosts who had opened the scoring, Crusaders conceded two penalties giving the All Golds a set on the Crusaders line. It was Steve Parry who managed to make use of the position as he barged his way over the line to open the scoring.

The visitors responded with four unanswered tries before half time.

 

First, Alex Thompson did well to find Scott Turner who went over in the corner following the All Golds conceding two penalties.

 

He was shortly followed over the whitewash by Rob Massam who made no mistake when leaping over the line to score.

 

The third try saw Turner break down the wing and do well to kick into the path of Jack Hansen who was in support and finished off the move well.

 

Turner then continued his impressive first half display as he grabbed his second try of the afternoon. After collecting a Gloucester kick in the air, Turner ran the length of the field to score and send the teams into the break with the scores at 6-22 in favour of the Crusaders.

Gloucestershire started the second half the brightest with two tries.

 

Five minuets in, Steve Parry darted over the line for his, and Gloucestershire’s second try of the game.

 

Phil Cowburn was next to cross the line as he finished off a nice set from the All Golds by scoring in the corner to bring the deficit down to just four points.

 

After an edgy period that saw the home side waste a number of chances, North Wales Crusaders sealed the victory as Billy Brickhill intercepted a Gloucestershire Pass inside his own half and broke away to score.

 

Gloucestershire All Golds:

1 Phil Cowburn

2 Mo Agoro

3 Josh Allison

4 Lewis Reece

5 Chris Barlow

6 Jack Mitchell

7 Kieran Hyde

8 Ollie Purslow

9 Steve Parry

10 Morgan Evans

11 Lamont Bryan

12 Joe McClean

13 Emmerson Whittle

Subs;

14 Kadeem Williams

15 Dale Cunniffe

16 Brad Hill

17 Jamel Goodhall

 

Tries: Parry (3,45), Cowburn (50)

Goals: Hyde (3/3)

 

North Wales Crusaders:

1 Tommy Johnson

2 Scott Turner

3 Simon Atherton

11 Alex Thompson

5 Rob Massam

6 Ryan Smith

15 Jack Hansen

8 Jonny Walker

14 Lee Hudson

23 Matthew Haggerty

13 Luke Warburton

12 Stephen Wild

9 Billy Brickhill

 

Subs;

22 Mat Wilkinson

20 Kenny Baker

24 Liam Bent

27 Ryan Lennon

 

Tries: Turner (12,29) Massam (17) Hansen (26) Brickhill (79)

Goals: Johnson (4/5)

 

Penalties: Johnson (1/1)

Half-Time: 6-22

Man Of The Match: Scott TurnerImage (courtesy Lewis Mitchell) shows Callum Bradbury who scored the All Golds’ final try against the Raiders

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS 18-30 NORTH WALES CRUSADERS 
By Josh Pays at Prince of Wales Stadium
AN impressive first half showing from the Crusaders proved to be too much for Gloucestershire to over come as the Welsh side won 18-30.
Despite the hosts opening the afternoon’s scoring the first half belonged to the Crusaders who replied with four tries to lead 22-6 at the break.
The home side hit back in the second half to bring the gap down to just six points. However, a late try from Billy Brickhill  sealed the result for the Crusaders.
It was the hosts who had opened the scoring, Crusaders conceded two penalties giving the All Golds a set on the Crusaders line. It was Steve Parry who managed to make use of the position as he barged his way over the line to open the scoring.
The visitors responded with four unanswered tries before half time.
First, Alex Thompson did well to find Scott Turner who went over in the corner following the All Golds conceding two penalties. 
He was shortly followed over the whitewash by Rob Massam who made no mistake when leaping over the line to score.
The third try saw Turner break down the wing and do well to kick into the path of Jack Hansen who was in support and finished off the move well. 
Turner then continued his impressive first half display as he grabbed his second try of the afternoon. After collecting a Gloucester kick in the air, Turner ran the length of the field to score and send the teams into the break with the scores at 6-22 in favour of the Crusaders.
Gloucestershire started the second half the brightest with two tries.
Five minuets in, Steve Parry darted over the line for his, and Gloucestershire’s second try of the game. 
Phil Cowburn was next to cross the line as he finished off a nice set from the All Golds by scoring in the corner to bring the deficit down to just four points. 
After an edgy period that saw the home side waste a number of chances, North Wales Crusaders sealed the victory as Billy Brickhill intercepted a Gloucestershire Pass inside his own half and broke away to score.
Gloucestershire All Golds:
1 Phil Cowburn
2 Mo Agoro
3 Josh Allison
4 Lewis Reece
5 Chris Barlow
6 Jack Mitchell 
7 Kieran Hyde
8 Ollie Purslow
9 Steve Parry
10 Morgan Evans 
11 Lamont Bryan 
12 Joe McClean 
13 Emmerson Whittle
Subs;
14 Kadeem Williams 
15 Dale Cunniffe
16 Brad Hill
17 Jamel Goodhall
Tries: Parry (3,45), Cowburn (50)
Goals: Hyde (3/3)
North Wales Crusaders:
1 Tommy Johnson
2 Scott Turner
3 Simon Atherton
11 Alex Thompson
5 Rob Massam 
6 Ryan Smith
15 Jack Hansen
8 Jonny Walker
14 Lee Hudson
23 Matthew Haggerty 
13 Luke Warburton 
12 Stephen Wild
9 Billy Brickhill 
Subs;
22 Mat Wilkinson
20 Kenny Baker 
24 Liam Bent 
27 Ryan Lennon
Tries: Turner (12,29) Massam (17) Hansen (26) Brickhill (79)
Goals: Johnson (4/5)
Penalties: Johnson (1/1)
Half-Time: 6-22
Man Of The Match: Scott Turner