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Wales Dragonhearts win in Germany

23rd October 2016, 15:38

Wales Dragonhearts win in Germany

Wales Dragonhearts fought hard to earn a 40-32 win over the German national side that contained some professional players.



Wales Dragonhearts fought hard to earn a 40-32 win over the German national side that contained some professional players.


The Dragonhearts, the representative side of the community ranks in Wales, were disappointed to have their first match of the tour against British Army Germany called off on the day, so were extra determined to do well in this game.


It was deadlock at half-time after both sides scored three tries and converted twice.


Ethan Coombes, who has scored tries in almost every game he’s played this season in his debut rugby league campaign with Valley Cougars and South Wales Scorpions Development, opened the scoring in Osnabrück on Saturday with Mike Hurley converting.


Dafydd Phillips and Sam Baker each added scores for Wales before the break, Hurley converting the first.


Germany replied with tries from Andy Hoggins, Ben Dent and Ben White, Dent converting the first two, to set up an action packed second half, which Wales edged, scoring five tries to three.


Dean Higgs led the way for Wales with a brace, with his fellow Cougars Ross Price, Craig Lewis and Liam Watton also crossing. Hurley added two more goals.


Benedikt Esser was first to hit back for Germany with Mitch Evers’ personal tally of 12 points, two tries and two conversions, not being enough to give his side the win.

WRL National Development Manager Idris Evans, who accompanied the players to Germany as part of the backroom staff commented:


"To travel all the way to Germany and play the national side and come away with a win is outstanding and shows how many good amateur players we have here in Wales.

"The professionalism demonstrated by the players and outstanding sessions put on by the coaching / management team (Jon Ellis, Andrew Thorne and Peter Tiffin) led to a wonderful victory for the Dragonhearts.

"The disappointment of only having one game this week due to army players being called away on duty really threw a spanner in the works, but the staff and players adapted the week and came away with the result.

"Special thanks to the British Army for hosting the team in Bielefeld and German Rugby League for the great atmosphere at the game."


German Rugby League President, Bob Doughton added: "This match was exactly what we had hoped it would be. It was intended as a significant step in the development of our national squad and our boys had to really step up to compete. They have seen and experienced what they need to do to improve even more. Full credit to Wales for coming to Germany to play this fixture and I am sure that they also got a lot out of the match. It was a glowing advertisement for our wonderful sport."


GERMANY: 1 Ben Dent, 2 Mawuli Améfia, 3, Basti Peter. 4 Rico Wall, 5 Jannek Hagenah, 6 Ben White, 7 Mitch Evers, 8 Karsten Brüning, 9 Liam Doughton, 10 Eddie Briggs, 11, Arne Falk, 12, Marc Zupan, 13, Andy Hoggins, 14 Benedikt Esser, 15, Vivien Seelweger, 16 Sebastian Roczyn, 17 Josh Leutenecker, 18 David Ziekursch, 19 Florian Frede 



Tries: Andy Hoggins, Ben Dent, Ben White, Benedikt Esser, Mitch Evers 2

Goals: Ben Dent 2, Mitch Evers 2


WALES DRAGONHEARTS: 1. Matt Cummins (Captain), 2.Sam Baker, 3. Liam Watton, 4. Josh Taylor, 5. Mathew Davies, 6. Curtis Ford, 7. Mike Hurley, 8. Ethan Coombes, 9. Dean Higgs (vc), 10. Harry Boots, 11. Ross Price, 12. Craig Lewis, 13. Morgan Jefferies, 14. Dafydd Phillips, 15. Mike Edwards, 16. Louie Pengelly, 17. Scott Giles, 18. Yousif Sulliman


Tries: Ethan Coombes, Dafydd Phillips, Sam Baker, Dean Higgs, Ross Price, Craig Lewis, Dean Higgs, Liam Watton

Goals: Mike Hurley 4