Wales Schools Under 16s will be looking to complete their Wellington Festival with a flourish against England South U16 this afternoon.
The Welsh side were involved in a thriller on Wednesday against England Under 16s in a capped international. In a try-fest, England edged out Wales 39-34, sharing a total of 10 tries in a wonderful advertisement for rugby at this age grade.
Wales conceded three soft tries in the first half to hand the initiative to England but in the second half Wales showed great determination, desire and plenty of skill to give the red rose brigade a real fright.
Tyler Morgan and Ellis Wyn Benham scored first half tries for Wales with Daniel Jones adding a conversion and a penalty as Wales trailed 31-15 at the break.
Dillon Lewis scored three minutes after the break to reduce the arrears and with Jnes adding the extras, there was only nine points in it but England seemed to have wrapped up matters with a penalty and further try to shoot out to a 39-22 lead but Wales wouldn't roll over.
Benham scored his second try of the match before Joe Thomas got in on the act six minutes from time. With Jones's conversion, Wales were just five points short of England, but time conspired against them as the red rose brigade held out.
Wales have played USA and France already in the Wellington Festival before they played England in a one-off Test on Wednesday, before resuming their festival fixtures this afternoon against England South U16.
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.