Mixed fortunes for Wales
12:13pm Monday 21st October 2013 in National Rugby
WALES suffered mixed fortunes in a pair of age-grade rugby league internationals with the Under-18s sweeping aside Scotland and the under-19s suffering at the hands of England, writes Chris Kirwan.
The under-18s produced a skilful display to score six tries without reply in a 30-0 triumph in Glasgow.
Wales led 14-0 at the break thanks to a tries by Ben Jones, Ollie Vickers and Zac Williams.
Vickers twisted over from dummy half with Jones the second of his three conversions to make the score 20-0 early in the second half before Thomas Davies and Regan Grace completed the scoring.
"It was a solid performance," said coach Jon Ellis. "Many of them are only 16 or 17 and were playing above their age group.
"They had a massive pack and were a lot bigger than us so we did really well to keep them scoreless."
It was tougher going for the under-19s who lost 64-4 at Taff's Well to an England side that showed the benefit of Super League training.
The visitors scored 12 tries while Wales' only points came when Kylum Austin forced his way over on 23 minutes.
Wales coach Geraint Davies said: "The scoreline was disappointing but you can't fault the boys for their effort.
"England were a good side, well coached with many of their boys playing Super League. Most of their players are full-time and that's the big difference."