Wales Rugby League



Origin Games Match Reports

28th May 2017, 12:32

Origin Games Match Reports

East Wales took the spoils in the first of the two match Premier League Origin Series, beating West Wales 66-18 at Glamorgan Wanderers in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon, but West proved best at junior levels.



By Idris Evans at Glamorgan Wanderers


East Wales took the spoils in the first of the two match Premier League Origin Series, beating West Wales 66-18 at Glamorgan Wanderers in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.


The winning side dominated the game from early on and were quickly 8-0 up, Jamie Marsh and Yousif Sulliman crossing for unconverted tries.


Dan Davies added two further tries for the East with Mike Hurley converting for the first and Brad Williams the second to make it 20-0.


Three more tries in the last then minutes of the half brough the interval score to 32-6.


Duane Iles and Ryan Shallish both scored for East with Williams converting both before Gareth Howells brought the first cheers of the half for West with a try that Aaron Lewis converted.


The sides swapped tries early on in the second half. Scott Britton crossed for the East with the kick by Williams, cancelled out by a Karlin Claridge score for the West, converted by Lewis.


East then started to dominate again. Dean Higgs scored an unconverted try for East before Morgan Knight got on the score sheet with Williams adding to extras.


A brace for Dan Davies, both converted by Williams brought the score up to 60-12 before Nathan Hawkins crossed from close range for West with Lewis again on target with the conversion.


Finally, Brandon Williams crossed to put the icing on the East cake with the kick by Brad Williams completing the scoring.





The day started with two junior games between the regions with West proving to be best at both under 15 and 17 levels.


In the under 15 encounter, West led 8-0 early on after tries from Brandon Lewis and Ewan Badham, both kicks going wide, then on 24 minutes, a Logan Phillips try converted by Joseph Hawkins made it 14-0.


East hit back with an unconverted Cameron Samuel try making the score 14-4 at half-time but there was only one team in it after the break.


Two quick fire tries from Ewan Badham and Joseph Hawkins with a kick by Hawkins brought the score to 24-4, and in the last few minutes, Ieuan Badham and Iestyn Hopkins both crossed with Hawkins adding a kick.





Five tries for West Wales under 17s’ Sean Collins ensured that they won a hard fought encounter in the closest game of the day.


The visitors quickly led 12-0 after tries from James Smith and Sean Collins, both converted by Ben Hunter.


Two quick tries for East Wales by Karlin Claridge and Owain Harvey, both converted by Jac Powell brought the scores level.


Then two West tries, from Jordan Ball and Sean Collins, one converted Hunter made the score 22-12 before Joel Davies’ try for East, converted by Claridge made it 22-18 to West at the break.


First try of second half went to Claridge, an impressive player who was recently man of the match in his first team debut at Cardiff Blue Dragons. He added the extras to give East a 24-22 lead.


After that, it was West’s game as they scored four more tries.


Collins’ hat-trick try then one from Ieuan Ace after he made a clean break break by Ieuan Ace, brought the score up to 34-24 as Hunter had converted both.


The on fire Collins then crossed for two further tries, the first converted by Hunter, the second, a magnificent 80-metre run, going unconverted.


Kane Harris' try for East, converted by Claridge, was just a last minute consolation.