England finished fourth and Wales fifth in last year's Under-19 World Cup and that was emphasised by England's fine performance at the Talbot Athletic Field, Aberavon.
However, good play by Wales led to them leading by a try from scrum half Martin Roberts (Neath/Ospreys), but England scored all their 24 points before Wales were to score again.
Flanker Andrew Boyde (Leeds University) put the sides level with a try and then came the turning point as Wales fly half Gareth Williams-Davies (Blues/Rumney) had a pass intercepted and wing Dominic Shabbo (London Irish) tore away to score at the other end.
Fly half Daniel Cipriani (London Wasps/Whitgift School) converted and soon added a try after a spectacular break by centre Adam Powell (Saracens/Sawyers School).
England poured it on and and full back David Doherty (Leeds Tykes) made a superb run to touch down with Cipriani converting.
The only score of the second half was a try by speedy Wales wing Michael Davies(Llangennech), but Wales must now rethink before taking on Italy at Parabagio on February 11.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.