Match Report

2018 Celtic Cup

28 April 2018 • KO 15:00

84 v 30

Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry

Attendance:

Match Stats
15   Tries   6
12   Conversions   3
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

Ire Wheelchair

WALES 84 IRELAND 30

By Ian Golden at Deeside Leisure Centre

Watch the first half heresecond half here and presentations here.

Wales have won the Prabhu Ventures Ltd Celtic Cup for the third year in a row after beating Scotland and Ireland on an exciting day of Wheelchair Rugby League in Deeside.

Ireland, after beating Scotland in the second match of the day, needed a 20-point win over Wales in the final encounter, and whilst they were in the game for a large part of the first half, even taking the lead at one stage, Wales were dominant after the interval.

Jason Owen gave Wales the perfect start, scoring on three minutes, with Stuart Williams converting.

But Ireland soon hit back through a James Hazel try that went unconverted.

Wales were soon leading again. Harry Jones scored on seven minutes with the conversion hitting both posts before coming out.

Thomas Martin got another try back for Ireland with King unable to land the conversion before Hazel went over in the corner to put Wales behind for the first time in the day. Josh McEvoy converted.

Jones’ second try, scored on 17 minutes, levelled things up again with Williams’ conversion making it 16-14.

Owen then went over for his second with Williams again landing the extras. Own try 25, Higgins conversion.

Higgins added another try on the half hour, converting himself, to give Wales a 20-point lead.

Two King tries for Ireland, both converted by Knight closed the gap to just eight points.

But Wales ended the half on a high as Gary Preece scored a well-worked try with Higgins converting to give them a 40-26 half-time lead.



A Wales try scored by Stuart Williams

Owen scored his fourth following a good set of passes to open the second half scoring for Wales.

Stuart Williams added the next try. Higgins converted before adding the next two tries himself, converting the first of them.

That was before Williams scored one of the tries of the day, when on 55 minutes, he sped down the centre as he chased a punched ball, diving to score under the sticks. Higgins converted.

That made it 66-26 and the lead was extended again on 66 minutes when Williams got his hat-trick try before Preece scored his second. Higgins converted both.

It was almost a perfect second half for Wales but they conceded a try with two minutes to go. Seb Groves scoring but missing the conversion.

However Wales had the last say on a fantastic day when Owen regained the ball from kick-off and scored with Gary Taylor converting.


Ireland: Peter Johnston, James Hazel, Lewis King, Fred Nye (both Argonauts), Thomas Martin, Scott Pyrah (both Halifax), Sebastian Groves (Medway Dragons), Stephen Argent, Michael Knight, Joshua McEvoy (all St Helens)

Tries: Hazel (5, 14), Martin (11), King (34, 36), Groves (78)

Goals: Knight 2/3, King 0/1, McEvoy 1/1, Groves 0/1

Team Lists and Scoring Information

Wal Wheelchair Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
Substitute
0 Alan Caron
0 Geraint Price
0 Stephen Halsey
0 Andrew Higgins 3 8 28
0 Jason Owen 5 20
0 Gary Preece 2 8
0 John Doyle
0 Harry Jones 2 8
0 Lucie Roberts
0 Gary Taylor 1 2
0 Stuart Williams (c) 3 3 18
Ire Wheelchair Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
0 Peter Johnson
0 James Hazel 2 8
0 Lewis King 2 4
0 Fred Nye
0 Tom Martin 1 4
0 Scott Pyrah
0 Seb Groves 1 4
0 Ste Argent
0 Mike Knight 2 8
0 Josh McEvoy 1 2
Time Score Player Team Action
3 4 - 0 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
4 6 - 0 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Conversion
5 6 - 4 James Hazel Ire Wheelchair Try
6 6 - 4 Lewis King Ire Wheelchair Missed Conversion
7 10 - 4 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Try
8 10 - 4 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
11 10 - 8 Tom Martin Ire Wheelchair Try
12 10 - 10 Lewis King Ire Wheelchair Conversion
14 10 - 14 James Hazel Ire Wheelchair Try
15 10 - 14 Mike Knight Ire Wheelchair Missed Conversion
17 14 - 14 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Try
18 16 - 14 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Conversion
19 20 - 14 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
20 22 - 14 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Conversion
25 26 - 14 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
26 28 - 14 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
30 32 - 14 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
31 34 - 14 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
34 34 - 18 Mike Knight Ire Wheelchair Try
35 34 - 20 Lewis King Ire Wheelchair Conversion
36 34 - 24 Mike Knight Ire Wheelchair Try
37 34 - 26 Josh McEvoy Ire Wheelchair Conversion
39 38 - 26 Gary Preece Wal Wheelchair Try
40 40 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
44 44 - 26 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
45 44 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
46 48 - 26 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
47 50 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
49 54 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
50 56 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
52 60 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
53 60 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
55 64 - 26 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
56 66 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
66 70 - 26 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
67 72 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
70 76 - 26 Gary Preece Wal Wheelchair Try
71 78 - 26 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
78 78 - 30 Seb Groves Ire Wheelchair Try
79 78 - 30 Seb Groves Ire Wheelchair Missed Conversion
79 82 - 30 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
80 84 - 30 Gary Taylor Wal Wheelchair Conversion
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