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Wales v England, January 2015

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Seeking a third successive victory against England, the hosts were quickly under pressure as the visitors probed deep inside their half.

 

England were awarded a string of penalties as the Welsh defence was tested by some strong running by their forwards.  Eager to capitalise on their dominance, England turned down the opportunity to kick for the posts by opting to kick for the corners and keep turning the screw.

 

As the game entered the second quarter, Wales began to get a foot-hold in the England half.  After 25 minutes, the visitors were made to rue the decision not to take the points as Wales’s captain Adam Brake crashed over following an excellent rolling maul by the home forwards.  Centre Celyn Ashton’s conversion attempt was narrowly wide.

 

Boosted by the try, Wales continued to enjoy more of the ball, which allowed their pacy back-line the opportunity to stretch their legs.  After 35 minutes, England were penalised for not releasing in the tackle and Celyn Ashton slotted the penalty from 38 metres to give Wales the lead by 8 - 0 at the break.

 

Playing into the biting wind, Wales continued the second half on the front foot and within 5 minutes, prop Damien David dived over to extend the lead by 13 points to nil.  Centre Ashton kicked his second successful kick of the afternoon with an excellent conversion from near the touch-line.

 

Wales continued to enjoy further periods deep inside the England half but despite going close on a few occasions, the visitors determined defence held strong.

 

With 18 minutes to go, Ashton kicked another penalty from just outside the 22 to put Wales ahead by 18 pints to nil.

 

As the game entered the closing stages, the English forwards were pressing hard on the home try-line.  With the last play of the game, Hartpury College centre Cameron Roberts waltzed through the Wales defence for a well-deserved consolation try.  

 

The missed conversion brought a thoroughly competitive and entertaining contest to a close with Wales victorious by 18 points to 5.

 

Wales

Tries: Adam Brake, Damien David

Conversions: Celyn Ashton (1)

Penalties: Celyn Ashton (2)

 

England

Try: Cameron Roberts

Wales Deaf overcame an early onslaught by England Deaf to retain the Broadstreet Cup with an 18 points to 5 victory at Cardiff Arms Park.

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