Wales opened their Under 18 international season with an emphatic 3-30 win over Scotland at Melrose with a three try performance complemented by excellent goal-kicking from man-of-the-match Matthew Morgan.
This was an excellent physical display by the young Welsh side to which the Scots had little answer. The result was that Wales had a massive territorial and possession advantage in the first half, reduced after the break when Scotland coach Grant McKelvey introduced several front line players.
This was an excellent physical display by the young Welsh side to which the Scots had little answer. The result was that Wales had a massive territorial and possession advantage in the first half, reduced after the break when Scotland coach Grant McKelvey made changes.
Wales matched their physical game with some sublime handling that gave wingers Eli Walker and Harry Robinson chances to show their pace.
"It was an excellent first half but we found it more difficult to play in the second half because we did not have the same continuity," said Wales head coach, Simon King.
Wales team manager Mark Taylor said : "It was a very good start to the season. To come up to Scotland and get a 30-3 result is great for the boys. Credit to Scotland, though , for hitting back in the second half" .
Wales magnificent start created a number of scoring opportunities but it was through the boot of Morgan that the visitors kicked their first points through outside half Morgan. Full back Harley Thompson added a further three points with a penalty from half way.
Then, after totally dominating possession and territory, Wales bagged their first try. The ball was fed wide to wing Eli Walker, who raced to the tryline. Morgan, who added the conversion, kicked a penalty before converting Wales' second try by centre Luke Williams from a clever loop move using set-piece possession.
Scotland, looking more competitive in the second half, were rewarded with a penalty goal from outside half Harry Leonard, but Wales finished strongly with a breakaway try from wing Harry Robinson, once again converted by Morgan
Scotland: Pen - Leonard. Wales: Tries - Walker, Williams, Robinson; Cons - Morgan (3); Pens - Morgan (2), Thompson
Wales Under 18: Harley Thompson (Blues); Harry Robinson (Blues), Luke Williams (Scarlets), Sam Campbell (Blues), Eli Walker (Ospreys); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Jonathan Evans (Dragons); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Kirby Myhill (Scarlets), Will Griff John (Blues), Cory Hill (Blues), Luke Hamilton (Scarlets), Ellis Jenkins (Blues), Thomas Young (Capt, Blues), Dan Baker (Ospreys) Subs used : Jack Dando (Blues), Darran Harris (Blues), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Matthew Screech (Blues), Callum Thomas (Blues), Tom Habberfield (Ospreys), Joseff Griffin (Blues), Leighton Bellamore (Dragons)
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.