Wales H Amos (Dragons); L Hudd (Dragons), S Hughes (Scarlets), J Dixon (Dragons), D Howells (Ospreys); J Maynard (Scarlets), L Crane (Dragons); N Smith (Ospreys), E Dee (Dragons), C Lewis (Blues), J Helps (Scarlets), S Andrews (Dragons), B Roach (capt, Blues), S Matthews (Dragons), J Benjamin (Dragons).
Replacements: E Lewis (Blues), G Rees McPherson (Blues), N Thomas (Ospreys), S Parker (Blues), C Davies (Ospreys), S Clarke (Blues), G Thomson (Blues), B Roberts (Ospreys), A Evans (Ospreys)
England Under 18 15 Z Kibirige 14 J Watkins 13 T Stephenson 12 J Pohe 11 N Earle 10 B Burns 9 C Braley; 1 D Hobbs-Awoyemi 2 H Thacker 3 S Wilson 4 M Itoje 5 C Ewels 6 R Moriarty 8 J Buggea
Replacements 16 R Marshall 17 H Rudkin 18 A Lundberg 19 J Oldaker 20 J Conlon 21 T Chapman 22 S Olver
Wales and England Under 18s contest possession at a lineout.
Pic: Raul Garcia
Wales Under 18 stumble to England
3 April 2012, 07:53 pm ::
Match Report By Graeme Gillespie
Wales Under 18 pushed arch rivals England all the way before the red rose brigade earned a spot in the final of the 2012 FIRA tournament final with a hard fought 22-16 win in Madrid.
In an evenly contested encounter where England's more ruthless streak proved crucial, Wales conceded three tries with Javiah Pohe, Ross Moriarty and Scott Wilson crossing for the victors. Billy Burns added seven points with the boot.
Wales opened the scoring through fly half Jack Maynard before his opposite number England's Burns levelled up two minutes later.
With 20 minutes on the clock centre Pohe got England's first try when he darted over after the forwards patiently went through the phases to set up the opportunity. The Leicester man finished with aplomb.
England's second came five minutes later, a short line-out inside the Welsh 22 was well caught by Maro Itoje and the resulting rolling maul was touched down over the line by Moriarty to make the score 17-3.
Maynard reduced the deficit to 11 with his second penalty to draw the first half to a close with England in the ascendancy at 17-6.
Wales began the second spell strongly and scored through captain Ben Roach. Maynard's successful conversion put Wales to within a try of the lead.
However England's third try did come soon after, another short line-out was well gathered and prop Wilson forced the ball over the line to put England 22-13 up with 15 minutes left.
Maynard reduced the arrears with a penalty and with five minutes to Wales were within a converted try of the lead, but England's solid defence held firm to secure their place in the final.