Match Report

21 October 2016 • KO 19:30

16 v 16

Belle Vue, Wakefield

Attendance: 1378

Referee : Joe Cobb

Match Stats
3   Tries   3
1   Conversions   2
1   Penalties   0
0   Drop Goals   0

Match Report

Jamaica

Wales and Jamaica fought out a tough 16-all draw at Wakefield on a cold Friday night, but the Welsh, preparing for their World Cup qualifier in Italy next week, had enough chances to win the game.

The Welsh started well. Steve Parry broke 40 metres but was stopped in his tracks, winning a scrum for Wales though after his long pass was palmed into touch. From a scrum then a penalty, Wales took the lead after the ball was played out to Rhodri Lloyd who crashed over in the corner. Lloyd White missed the conversion.

Lloyd could have had a second save for a forward pass, and Jamaica took advantage of their good fortune, working their way upfield. They levelled on 24 minutes when Aaron Jones-Bishop collected a high bomb, beating his marker to score in the corner to the delight of the primarily Jamaican supporting crowd. Jy-Mel Coleman converted to give them a 6-4 lead.

Wales led again on the half-hour after winning a repeat set. Andrew Gay looked for a try but was flattened in his efforts but from the next play, Courtney Davies forced his way over. White again failed to convert giving Wales a slender two-point lead. They almost extended it, Steve Parry again running well to set up the opportunity, but again Jamaica’s defence stood firm.

But it was Jamaica who went into half-time with the lead after a Welsh defensive mix-up gifted Jones-Bishop the simplest of tries. Coleman again converted well to put the score up to 12-8 to the Reggae Boys.

Jamaica looked for a third try straight from kick-off in the second half but were unfortunate, Ross Peltier being held up over the line. At the other end, Wales substitute Connor Farrer almost scored with his first touch of the ball but knocked on when diving for the line under pressure.

That was the first of four knock-ons for Wales as they were approaching the line during the third quarter of the game as the Dragons couldn’t get over the line. Corey Hanson’s sinbinning on 65 minutes gave Wales the boost that they needed and they took advantage of the extra man straight away, with Lloyd White grounding and Courtney Davies converting. 14-12 to Wales.

Jamaica looked to level three minutes later but Jy-Mel Coleman, kicked his 40 metre penalty a good five metres short of the sticks. Courtney Davies did better with five minutes remaining to extend Wales’ lead to 16-12.

But with two minutes to go, Jones-Bishop grabbed his hat-trick, scoring in the corner to level things up. Coleman’s conversion attempt swung agonisingly wide and despite Wales giving it a final push, they couldn’t claim the victory.

Team Lists and Scoring Information

Wales Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Elliot Kear
2 Ian Newbury
3 Andrew Gay
4 Christiaan Roets
5 Dai Evans
6 Courtney Davies 1 2 8
7 Lloyd White 1 4
8 Gil Dudson
9 Steve Parry
10 Anthony Walker
11 Rhodri Lloyd (c) 1 4
12 Ben Morris
13 Joe Burke
Substitute
14 Rhys Williams
15 Matty Fozard
16 Morgan Evans
17 Connor Farrer
Jamaica Tries Goals DGs Pts Cards
1 Wayne Reittie
2 Richie Barnett
3 Alex Brown
4 Lewis Bowman
5 Aaron Jones-Bishop 3 12
6 Jy-Mel Coleman 2 4
7 Danny Thomas
8 Jode Sheriffe
9 Joel Farrell
10 Jordan Andrade
11 Danny Bravo
12 Mo Agoro
13 Corey Hanson Y
Substitute
14 Keenan Tomlinson
15 Kadeem Williams
16 Jamal Goodall
17 Ross Peltier
Time Score Player Team Action
11 4 - 0 Rhodri Lloyd Wales Try
11 4 - 0 Lloyd White Wales Missed Conversion
23 4 - 2 Jy-Mel Coleman Jamaica Conversion
23 4 - 6 Aaron Jones-Bishop Jamaica Try
30 4 - 6 Lloyd White Wales Missed Conversion
30 8 - 6 Courtney Davies Wales Try
37 8 - 8 Jy-Mel Coleman Jamaica Conversion
37 8 - 12 Aaron Jones-Bishop Jamaica Try
65 8 - 12 Corey Hanson Jamaica Yellow Card
67 10 - 12 Courtney Davies Wales Conversion
67 14 - 12 Lloyd White Wales Try
69 14 - 12 Aaron Jones-Bishop Jamaica Missed Penalty
72 16 - 12 Courtney Davies Wales Penalty
78 16 - 16 Aaron Jones-Bishop Jamaica Try
79 16 - 16 Aaron Jones-Bishop Jamaica Missed Conversion
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