Thursday, 22 March 2012

Scarlets U 17's 19-8 Wales U 16's

Wales' Tyler Morgan can find no way through the resolute Scarelts defence

The Wales Under 16’s met the Scarlets Under 17’s at Parc y Scarlets Wednesday night with selectors from both Welsh Schools and the Scarlets Academy in attendance. The players failed to disappoint, producing a hard running, hard tackling and entertaining game, with the Scarlets eventually triumphing 19-8.
From the outset, both sides showed their intent to play an expansive game, with the opening frenetic few minutes producing some strong runs with the ball being moved wide and fast, but both sides' defence stood resolute as the pace calmed.
Powerful Scarlets full-back Jamie Evans looked dangerous with the ball
The Scarlets broke the deadlock after ten minutes with nice interplay in midfield leading to centre Craig Woodall crossing for a well worked try, Jack Maynard stroked home the extras. Moments later, however, the visitors hit back and after some good pressure inside their opponents' 22, they were rewarded with a penalty and Daniel Jones made no mistake with the boot.
Wales continued to press with Jones making great territory with a penalty kick to the corner, but the Welsh outfit failed to make the pressure pay off after becoming frustrated from a determined Scarlets defence that fended off wave after wave of assaults on their line, with the hosts eventually easing pressure when Wales infringed at a ruck.
Wales outside half Daniel Evans looks to move the ball wide.
With the game finely balanced, Scarlets centre Woodall once again threatened in midfield but they were unable to extend their lead.
However, it was the Welsh side that would take a lead into the interval as a well-worked move saw full back Morgan Williams slice through the cover defence to touchdown and give his side an 8-7 advantage at the break.
Wales prop Dillon Lewis breaks through the Scarlets' defence
Scarlets emerged galvanised from the interval and looked determined to regain the lead, subjecting the Welsh outfit to tremendous pressure which eventually buckled to leave centre Steff Evans free to cross out wide. Full back Jamie Evans added the extras with a well struck conversion.
Both teams threatened to add to their tallies but some great work in defence from both back rows were instrumental in preventing any further scores, with notable performances from Welsh flanker Tom Phillips and Scarlets' Torin Myhill.
The Scarlets defence holds firm under pressure

As the clock ran down with defences on top, another score seemed unlikely but Scarlets wing Mathew Davies swooped on a dropped ball to race away for their third try of the night. Evans was unlucky not to add to his earlier conversion when his effort struck the upright.

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