England take Four Nations Championship
22nd April 2014, 9:08
The final match of the 2014 Student Four Nations saw the two teams who had dominated the tournament so far, Wales and England, go head-to-head.
Both unbeaten, they were determined to be crowned this year’s champions, with Wales looking to retain their title.
It was a tough opening 10 minutes with both sides completing their sets and testing each other out down the middle.
Wales opening the scoring when Lloyd Thomas caught a towering bomb, launched towards the England posts by half-back Marcus Webb, and touched down to leave a simple conversion
England hit back immediately with a set play involving the backs which saw Blake Mahovic score in the corner They were unable to convert which left Wales leading 6-4 after 25 minutes of play.
The following set England struck again, scrum-half Chris Atkin’s well-judged kick into the corner enabling winger Joe Walsh to give them the lead.
As the half wore on, Wales were guilty of conceding a string of penalties which gave their opponents good field position. England took advantage, full-back Billy Griffiths weaving his way past defenders before diving over the line to put his team eight points ahead at the break.
There was no let-up in intensity at the start of the second half both side showing a commitment and intensity both in attack and defence.
However, eventually the pressure told on the Welsh defence as Walsh claimed his second try of the game to put his side firmly in the driving seat. Griffiths grabbed his second try as the Welsh defence opened up for him yet again.
Trailing 26-6 with the game slipping away, Wales needed something special to get back into the game. But nothing was forthcoming.
They had let off when. England’s Anthony Squires had a try disallowed for a forward pass as they continued to pin a struggling Welsh side in their own 20 metres.
Wales did add to their tally when Tristen Trehan sprinted 60 metres to touchdown but loose forward Jack Howdle, ended any hopes of a comeback when he side-stepped through the defence to score under the posts.
However Wales kept battling to the end and got their reward with two late tries. Thomas grabbed his second and Rhys Morgan touched down on the hooter to make it 32-20 but England were crowned 2014 Student Four Nations Champions!
Wales: Jordan Sheridan, Lewis Stockton, Tom Hughes, Lloyd Thomas, Lewys Weaver, Rhys Morgan, Marcus Webb, Mike Connor, Connor Farrar, Morgan Evans Ben Stelmazak, Owain Davies, Osain Phillips, Alex King, Alex Randall, Harrison Elliot, Tristen Trehan
Tries: Lloyd Thomas (2), Tristen Trehan, Rhys Morgan
Conversions: Morgan Evans (2)
England: Billy Griffiths, Joe Walsh, James Morgan, Blake Mahovic, Anthony Squires, Matt Brewer, Chris Atkin, Dan Capaross-Midwood, Richard Hughes, Iain Murray, Conor Clayton, Chris Barratt, Jack Howdle, Josh Dixon, Gaz Hymes, Sean Richards
Tries: Blake Mahovic, Joe Walsh (2), Billy Griffiths (2), Jack Howdle
Conversions: Chris Atkin (4)
Written by Tommy Lee - University Media Volunteer
Photo - Chris Mckeon