GALLERY: Wales U20s claim dramatic win over England at Parc Eirias

Published date: 09 February 2015 |
Published by: Bryn Lewis
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Wales break through the England rearguard in their 21-15 Under 20s win at Parc Eirias (Photo: Dave Thomas) 

WALES Under 20s claimed cross-border bragging rights over England U20s with a 21-15 win at Eirias Park last Saturday.

The youngsters come out on top with first international U20 victory in 10 games, with crowds braving the chill to show their support.

England's lack of discipline let them down as they received three yellow cards to Wales' one, and the hosts took an aggressive stance to take advantage and break England's normal set piece.

Within three minutes fly half Dan Jones kicked the first points onto the board, taking advantage of an early penalty decision.

England's Charlie Beckett received a yellow card for a late tackle, but this failed to slow down their momentum as James Chisholm scored a try, with Rory Jennings making the conversion.

After Beckett's return Jones converted another penalty, but England went ahead soon after with a try by Joe Marchant.

Just before the end of the first half Wales came back to within a point with a try from hooker Liam Belcher, with Jones missing the conversion.

Jones redeemed himself with another penalty kick soon after, and more yellow cards for Kieran Tredwel and Paul Hill saw England down to just 13 players.

The home side, spurred on by the Colwyn Bay crowd, took advantage with Tom Phillips scoring a try, and Jones once again converting.

England took the tally up to 15 with a final penalty, but even after a hotly contested period of play neither side seemed able to penetrate the others' rearguard.

A stream of replacements allowed a series of pushes, with Wales having to defend themselves down to the dying minutes of the game and England pressuring their line until the final seconds.

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