Match Report

2018 Celtic Cup

28 April 2018 • KO 11:00

112 v 41

Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry

Attendance:

Match Stats
21   Tries   8
14   Conversions   4
0   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   1

Match Report

Scot Wheelchair

By Ian Golden, Photo by Richard Long



Wales opened their Prabhu Ventures Ltd Celtic Cup defence in Deeside with a dominating 112-41 win over Scotland.

The hosts took the lead on 40 seconds with a Stuart Williams try which Jason Owen converted, giving them the best possible start.

That launched an onslaught for the hosts who wheeled in a further five more tries in the next 15 minutes.

Owen scored a quick brace, the second of which Harry Jones converted before adding a further try himself making in 20-0 on 10 minutes.

Andrew Higgins scored the next try four minutes later, converting himself and Stuart Williams went over from kick-off. That made it 32-0 on 16 minutes.

With Scotland only travelling with one substitute in this five-a-side sport, it was the start they didn’t want, but they did hit back on 17 minutes through an unconverted Gavin Dobson try leaving the score on 32-4.

However it was just brief respite after Jason Owen scored under the sticks with Higgins converting, bringing the score up to 38-4 to Wales after only 20 minutes.

The onslaught continued. Two unconverted Stuart Williams tries soon made it 46-4. Stephen Halsey’s try brought up the 50 with Higgins adding the extras again before Williams got another try on 31 minutes.

But it was Scotland ended the half and a high. Michael Mellon got Scotland’s second try on 34 minutes which he converted this time round, bringing the score back to 56-10.

That was before Dobson went over for the third Scottish try with Mellon converting again before adding a drop goal on the hooter, making the half time score Wales 56 Scotland 17.

Scotland’s comeback continued in the second half. Three quick Callum Young tries, the first converted by Mellon reduced Wales’ lead to 56-31.

But Wales, after conceding 27 straight points finally extended their lead on 47 minutes through a Geraint Price try that Jones converted. Owen followed him over straight away, Jones again converting. Price’s next try on 50 minutes was unconverted leaving the score on 72-31

Scotland went over for another consolation try, Dobson notching his hat-trick on 55 minutes that Mellon converted.

Williams hit back for Wales with his sixth try of the day. Gary Preece added the next on the hour, Higgins on 65 minutes then Owen on 67, all of which were converted by Higgins.

Higgins’ conversion with 10 minutes to go after Preece’s second try brought up 100 points. Preece secured his hat-trick four minutes later, Higgins converting again.

There was still time for Young to score his fourth and Scotland’s eighth try which went unconverted, but the final word went to Wales, Higgins going for his hat-trick try and smacking over his tenth goal.

Steven Halsey and Lucy Roberts won their first Welsh caps in this game.

Wales: Alan Caron, Andrew Higgins, Jason Owens, Geraint Price, Gary Preece (all Hereford Harriers), John Doyle, Stephen Halsey, Harry Jones, Lucie Roberts, Gary Taylor, Stuart Williams (all North Wales Crusaders)

Tries: Williams (1, 16, 22, 25, 31, 58), Owen (3, 6, 19, 49, 67), Jones (10), Higgins (14, 65, 79), Halsey (28), Price (47, 50), Preece (60, 70,74)

Goals: Owen 1/2, Jones 3/6, Higgins 10/13

Scotland: Jay Anderson, David Birtles, Peter Lewis: Michael Mellon (all Dundee Dragons), Gavin Dobson (Keighley Cougars), Callum Young (Leyland Warriors)

Tries: Dobson (17, 37, 55), Mellon (34), Young (42, 44, 46, 76)

Goals: Mellon 4/8

Drop Goal: Mellon (40)

Team Lists and Scoring Information

Wal Wheelchair Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
0 Jason Owen 5 1 22
0 Geraint Price 2 8
0 Gary Preece 3 12
0 Stuart Williams (c) 6 24
0 Harry Jones 1 3 10
Substitute
0 Alan Caron
0 Stephen Halsey 1 4
0 Andrew Higgins 3 10 32
0 John Doyle
0 Lucie Roberts
0 Gary Taylor
Scot Wheelchair Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
0 Jay Anderson
0 David Birtles
0 Peter Lowis
0 Michael Mellon 1 4 1 13
0 Gavin Dobson 3 12
0 Callum Young 4 16
Time Score Player Team Action
1 4 - 0 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
2 6 - 0 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Conversion
3 10 - 0 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
4 10 - 0 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
6 14 - 0 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
7 14 - 0 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
10 18 - 0 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Try
11 20 - 0 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Conversion
14 24 - 0 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
15 26 - 0 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
16 30 - 0 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
17 32 - 0 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
17 32 - 4 Gavin Dobson Scot Wheelchair Try
18 32 - 4 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Missed Conversion
20 36 - 4 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
21 38 - 4 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
22 42 - 4 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
23 42 - 4 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
25 46 - 4 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
26 46 - 4 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
28 50 - 4 Stephen Halsey Wal Wheelchair Try
29 50 - 4 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
31 54 - 4 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
32 54 - 4 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
34 54 - 8 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Try
35 54 - 10 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Conversion
37 54 - 14 Gavin Dobson Scot Wheelchair Try
38 54 - 16 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Conversion
40 54 - 17 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Drop Goal
42 54 - 21 Callum Young Scot Wheelchair Try
43 54 - 23 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Conversion
44 54 - 27 Callum Young Scot Wheelchair Try
45 54 - 27 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Missed Conversion
46 54 - 31 Callum Young Scot Wheelchair Try
47 54 - 31 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Missed Conversion
47 58 - 31 Geraint Price Wal Wheelchair Try
48 60 - 31 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Conversion
49 64 - 31 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
50 66 - 31 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Conversion
51 70 - 31 Geraint Price Wal Wheelchair Try
52 70 - 31 Harry Jones Wal Wheelchair Missed Conversion
55 70 - 35 Gavin Dobson Scot Wheelchair Try
56 70 - 37 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Conversion
58 74 - 37 Stuart Williams Wal Wheelchair Try
59 76 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
60 80 - 37 Gary Preece Wal Wheelchair Try
61 82 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
65 86 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
66 88 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
67 92 - 37 Jason Owen Wal Wheelchair Try
68 94 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
69 98 - 37 Gary Preece Wal Wheelchair Try
70 100 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
73 104 - 37 Gary Preece Wal Wheelchair Try
74 106 - 37 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
76 106 - 41 Callum Young Scot Wheelchair Try
77 106 - 41 Michael Mellon Scot Wheelchair Missed Conversion
79 110 - 41 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Try
80 112 - 41 Andrew Higgins Wal Wheelchair Conversion
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