Wales 25 v 26 Ireland (Pool A Match)
The second match of the day at the Academy Stadium was Wales against Ireland, which had a great atmosphere and despite the Welsh team starting very strongly it turned out to be a very close game.
It all started with the national anthems and you could tell the Wales team were up for the game as you could feel the passion for the Welsh boys as they sung “Land of my Father” you could hear every one of team members on the pitch from the stands.
Wales had the chance to open the scoring in the second minute when Wales were awarded a penalty kick, Daniel Jones effort went wide. Wales did open the scoring on eleven minutes when Shaun Evans went over for a try, but Jones missed the conversion leaving the score 5-0.
On sixteen minutes, Wales extended their lead when Keelan Giles score a try, but once again Daniel Jones missed the conversion to leave the score 10-0. The Welsh team were now totally on top and extended their lead even further with a Morgan-Williams try which was converted by Daniel Jones to make it 17-0.
Ireland finally got themselves on the score sheet in the twenty fourth minute, when Bill Johnston scored a drop goal to make the score 17-3.
The game then changed with only four minutes left to half time, Ireland’s Adam McBurney went over for a try to make the score 17-8. In the final minute of the half, Ireland grabbed another try as Jacob Stockdale score and Bill Johnston final struck the conversion to make the half time score 17-15.
The second half started and Daniel Jones scored a penalty on forty two minutes to make the score 20-15. Two minutes later Ireland added a penalty of their own from Johnston to bring the score back to 20-18.
Ireland took the lead for the first time in the match when Bill Johnston struck another penalty to make the score 20-21. On sixty seven minutes Jacob Stockdale scored his second try of the game, but Johnston missed another conversion to leave the score 20-26.
Wales then came back and scored another try just three minutes from the final whistle and Shaun Evans also scored the conversions to make the score 25-26. Wales then went on all out attack as the pressed the Ireland backs, but the green army stood stong and at full time they were still 1 point in front and won the match 25-26.
Wales – Domachowski, Hughes, Lewis, Lewis-Hughes, Beard, Phillips, S.Evans, Keddie, Morgan-Williams, Jones, Giles, Millard, Thomas, T.Williams, R.Williams (Subs) Belcher, Fawcett, Brown, Davies, MacLeod, Smith, J.Evans, McBryde
Tries – Evans, Giles (2), Morgan-Williams Conversions – Jones Penalties – Jones
Ireland – Porter, McBurney, Kenny, Gallagher, Ryan, Jones, Aspil, Deegan, Kerins, Johnston, Keenan, C.O’Brien, Daley, Byrne, Stockdale (Subs) V.O’Brien, Abdaladze, Betts, O’Connor, Brown, Saunders, McPhillips, J.O’Brien
Tries – Stockdale (2), McBurney Conversions – Johnston Penalties – Johnston (2) Drop Goals – Johnston