Match Report

2015 International Friendlies

25 October 2015 • KO 15:00

20 v 36

Cougar Park, Keighley

Attendance: 1106

Referee : Gareth Hewer

Match Stats
4   Tries   7
2   Conversions   4
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

Keighley

By Ian Golden at Cougar Park

Wales fought for a 36-20 win over Keighley Cougars but the result didn’t matter, the day was all about raising money for Danny Jones’ family.

The former Wales and Keighley half-back sadly lost his life earlier this year and this event was organised as the main event of one of the biggest fundraising campaigns ever seen in Rugby League.

Over a quarter of a million pounds has already been raised for a trust fund for Danny’s twins, born just last year, and the gate of over a thousand at £15 a time for adults, will certainly ensure a substantial amount has been added.

However a nasty injury to Wales’ Matty Barron put a dampener on the match itself. Breaking his leg in two places in an accidental clash in the seventh minute ensured the game was stopped for over 20 minutes.

The injury came in the seventh minute, just three minutes after Rhys Williams had given Wales the lead with an unconverted try in the corner.

Not long after the restart and a dropped ball got Wales back on the attack. Elliot Kear fed Williams to go over in the same corner. This time Courtney Davies converted and Wales were 10-0 up.

Mike Channing slipped through a gap for Wales' third try on 16 minutes, Davies failing to convert this time. But Cougars struck back on 22 minutes when Andy Gabriel leapt on James Feather's grubber. Danny Lawton missed the kick to bring the score back to 14-4.

On 27 minutes, with his first touch of the ball after coming on as sub, Ricky Hough dived over from dummy half for Wales' fourth try. Davies converted.

Five minutes before the interval and Keighley struck back again, Adam Brook with a grubber kick leapt on by Hamish Barnes. Lawton missed again.

Keighley could have had another just before the break but Scott Law’s pass to Liam Darville was forward. 20-8 to Wales at the break.

Wales were first over the line in the second half. Substitute prop Morgan Evans made a clean break and ran 20 metres to score near to the sticks.

Davies added the extras before leaping onto a loose ball from the next set after kick-off to increase the lead further, failing to convert his own try.

Wales fielded 21 players and tried a few experimental formations and Keighley also had a number of first team players missing.

But the Cougars youngsters, on a performance like this will be pushing for a first team place.

Ross Peltier barged over for a try back before Adam Brook crashes over under the sticks from close range, both were converted by Danny Lawton to put Cougars within ten points.

However Wales had the final say when Connor Farrer scored one of his trademark tries, diving over from dummy half. Ricky Hough added the conversion.

Wales are in the middle of a European Championship campaign having beaten Scotland last week and are now preparing to face France at Cardiff Arms Park this Friday (kick-off 6.30pm) and their coach John Kear says that this game was a worthwhile exercise all round.

“The players played for nothing for Danny Jones’ family and the event was a worthwhile exercise all round,” he said. “I was pleased with a lot of the individual performances there which is heartening for the future. I think I’ve had a lot of questions answered with this performance today. Definitely more answered than posers brought in.

“The very big downside was Matty Barron’s injury. He’s broken his tibia and fibula so it’s a clean break of two bones in the leg. It put a dampener on the game. Six minutes in and everyone was full of enthusiasm and I don’t think the game ever recovered from that. All the lads give them his best wishes but obviously it’s put an end to his European Championship campaign.”

Team Lists and Scoring Information

Keighley Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Josh Hunt
2 Andy Gabriel 1 4
3 Hamish Barnes 1 4
4 Danny Lawton 2 4
5 Josh Casey
6 Liam Darville
7 Adam Brook 1 4
8 Scott Law (c)
9 James Feather
10 Ryan Patchett
11 Olly Pursglove
12 Aaron Nicholson
13 Josh Lynham
Substitute
14 Scott Lee
15 Ross Peltier 1 4
16 Jamal Goodall
17 Alfie Seeley
Wales Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Elliot Kear
2 Rhys Williams 2 8
3 Michael Channing 1 4
4 Christiaan Roets
5 Dalton Grant
6 Courtney Davies 1 3 10
7 Ollie Olds
8 Anthony Walker
9 Steve Parry
10 Matty Barron
11 Rhodri Lloyd
12 Lewis Reece
13 Craig Kopczak (c)
Substitute
14 Morgan Evans 1 4
15 James Geurtjens
16 Ricky Hough 1 1 6
19 Connor Farrer 1 4
20 Joe Burke
22 Regan Grace
23 Rob Massam
25 Jamie Murphy
Time Score Player Team Action
3 4 - 0 Rhys Williams Wales Try
4 4 - 0 Courtney Davies Wales Missed Conversion
6 4 - 0 James Geurtjens Wales Replacement On
6 4 - 0 Matty Barron Wales Replacement Off
9 8 - 0 Rhys Williams Wales Try
10 10 - 0 Courtney Davies Wales Conversion
15 14 - 0 Michael Channing Wales Try
16 14 - 0 Courtney Davies Wales Missed Conversion
17 14 - 0 Ross Peltier Keighley Replacement On
17 14 - 0 Scott Law Keighley Replacement Off
17 14 - 0 Jamal Goodall Keighley Replacement On
17 14 - 0 Ryan Patchett Keighley Replacement Off
21 14 - 0 Anthony Walker Wales Replacement Off
22 14 - 4 Andy Gabriel Keighley Try
23 14 - 4 Danny Lawton Keighley Missed Conversion
23 14 - 4 Ricky Hough Wales Replacement On
23 14 - 4 Steve Parry Wales Replacement Off
24 14 - 4 Morgan Evans Wales Replacement On
25 14 - 4 Joe Burke Wales Replacement On
25 14 - 4 Craig Kopczak Wales Replacement Off
26 18 - 4 Ricky Hough Wales Try
27 20 - 4 Courtney Davies Wales Conversion
31 20 - 4 Scott Lee Keighley Replacement On
31 20 - 4 James Feather Keighley Replacement Off
34 20 - 8 Hamish Barnes Keighley Try
35 20 - 8 Danny Lawton Keighley Missed Conversion
38 20 - 8 Alfie Seeley Keighley Replacement On
38 20 - 8 Olly Pursglove Keighley Replacement Off
41 20 - 8 Jamie Murphy Wales Replacement On
41 20 - 8 Regan Grace Wales Replacement On
42 20 - 8 Rob Massam Wales Replacement On
42 20 - 8 Rhys Williams Wales Replacement Off
42 20 - 8 Dalton Grant Wales Replacement Off
43 20 - 8 Elliot Kear Wales Replacement Off
47 24 - 8 Morgan Evans Wales Try
47 26 - 8 Courtney Davies Wales Conversion
49 30 - 8 Courtney Davies Wales Try
50 30 - 8 Courtney Davies Wales Missed Conversion
51 30 - 8 Connor Farrer Wales Replacement On
51 30 - 8 Ricky Hough Wales Replacement Off
64 30 - 12 Ross Peltier Keighley Try
64 30 - 14 Danny Lawton Keighley Conversion
73 30 - 18 Adam Brook Keighley Try
74 30 - 20 Danny Lawton Keighley Conversion
76 34 - 20 Connor Farrer Wales Try
77 36 - 20 Ricky Hough Wales Conversion
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