Wales Deaf maintained their hold on the Broadstreet Cup with a 30 – 0 victory over England Deaf at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton.
Eager to build on their 36 – 3 win in the home fixture back in January, Wales enjoyed a dream start with winger and captain Gareth John evading the home defence to cross for a try after only two minutes. Centre Celyn Ashton converted with an excellent kick from the touchline.
England enjoyed most of the possession throughout the first half with centre Cameron Roberts proving a real handful with strong running into the heart of the Welsh defence.
Despite their territorial dominance and penalties flowing against Wales, England’s decision to kick for touch rather than take the points on offer backfired when concerted pressure by the Welsh forwards inside England’s 22 saw outside half Richard Lewis waltz through the defence and cross for a try beneath the posts. Celyn Ashton again converted to put Wales ahead by 14 points to nil.
With the final play of the first half, Ashton slotted another magnificent penalty from 40 metres out as England’s outside half was penalised for being off-side.
Half time: England Deaf 0 – Wales Deaf 17
Following the break, both sides continued to probe each other’s defences however it took 26 minutes before the next score - another metronomic penalty kick by Celyn Ashton, which put Wales clear by 20 – 0.
England continued to keep the ball well and enjoyed some good phases of play; however Wales’ defence stood firm. A key moment in the game came on 70 minutes when England lost their prop to a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Gareth John.
A further penalty by Celyn Ashton put Wales ahead by 23 – 0 on 73 minutes and as the game drew to a close, a loose pass by the England back line was capitalised on by Gareth John who scampered over in the corner for his second try and seal a comprehensive 30 – 0 victory for Wales.