SCOTLAND 42 WALES 18
By Ian Golden at Workington Town
Wales were outclassed in pouring rain in Workington as Scotland, led by Danny Brough, scored three tries in the first 11 minutes of the second half to make a flying start to their European Championship campaign.
The Welsh started well but fell away as mistakes crept in from the inexperienced youngsters giving Scotland a 42-18 win.
Rhys Williams had an early try denied for a forward pass but the Dragons did take the lead on 10 minutes. Ollie Olds kicked and Rhys Williams collected well to ground in the corner. Ricky Hough missed the conversion.
The lead didn’t last long. Danny Brough scored in the corner following a Welsh error from kick-off, converting himself.
Brough created the second Scotland try from the first set after kick-off setting up Oscar Thomas nicely to go over in the corner. Brough missed the kick.
Another Welsh error gave Scotland the scrum on Wales’ 10 metre line. They didn’t waste the opportunity as Corbay Kilday scored on his debut with Brough converting.
A high tackle on Morgan Evans was a sour point of the first half but it led to three successive Wales penalties and from the last one, a good passing move saw Christiaan Roets score in the corner – his 12th Wales try of all time pulling level with Iestyn Harris in the Wales try scoring charts. Hough failed to convert. 16-8 down at the break.
An early second half try for Wales gave them hope. Peter Lupton dived on an Ollie Olds grubber and Lewis Reece converted.
But Scotland hit back straight away. Jonny Walker running through from their first set after kick-off following a Welsh defensive error. Brough converted.
The rain and wind picked up and Scotland utilised it to their advantage. Brough kicked high which confused the Welsh defence and David Scott beat Tom Hughes to the ball to extend the Scottish lead to 28-14.
Then from a penalty, Callum Phillips was given too much space to run through for Scotland’s sixth try. Brough missed the kick.
The next try came from a good passing move left Wales exposed on the wing and Oscar Thomas set up David Scott to walk over.
Brett Phillips added another Scottish try that Brough duly converted. That made it 42-14.
But Wales had the final say with a consolation try. Connor Farrer beat the wind and rain and scored near to the corner for a second try on an excellent debut from the South Wales Scorpions star.
1 Oscar Thomas – London Broncos
2 David Scott – Doncaster
3 Ben Hellewell – Featherstone Rovers
4 Joe Wardle – Huddersfield Giants
5 Alex Hurst – Tweed Heads Seagulls
6 Danny Brough – Huddersfield Giants
7 Nathan Massey – Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
8 Adam Walker – Hull Kingston Rovers
9 Danny Addy – Bradford Bulls
10 Ben Kavanagh – Widnes Vikings
11 Brett Phillips – Workington Town
12 Corbyn Kilday – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
13 Sonny Esslemont – Hull Kingston Rovers
14 Callum Phillips – Workington Town
15 Josh Barlow – Swinton Lions
16 Jonathan Walker – Leigh Centurions
17 Louis Senter – Halifax
Tries: Brough (12), Thomas (17), Kilday (28), Walker (46, 62), Scott (49), Phillips (51, 70),
Goals: Brough 5/8
1 Tom Hughes – Coventry Bears
3 Yannic Parker – Oxford
8 Kyle Scrivens – South Wales Scorpions
11 Christiaan Roets – North Wales Crusaders
19 Rhys Williams – Central Queensland Capras
6 Ollie Olds – Ipswich Jets, Australia
10 Peter Lupton – Workington Town
13 Daniel Fleming – Castleford Tigers
16 Ricky Hough – Gateshead Thunder
12 Matty Barron – Gateshead Thunder
9 Phil Carleton – South Wales Scorpions
7 Ashley Bateman – South Wales Scorpions
22 Joe Burke – Barrow Raiders
14 Connor Farrer – South Wales Scorpions
15 Izaak Duffy – Gloucestershire All Golds
16 Lewis Reece – Toowoomba Clydesdales
17 Morgan Evans – South Wales Scorpions
Tries: Williams (10), Roets (39), Lupton (44), Farrer (76)
Goals: Hough 0/2, Reece 1/2
Referee: James Child (England)