11th July 2009, 17:30
2009 Wales Dragonhearts 32 Scotland Bravehearts 12
The Wales Dragonhearts made it two wins from two in the Home Nations
The Wales Dragonhearts made it two wins from two in the Home Nations Championship with a 32-12 victory over Scotland.
Scotland's Andy Grodzynski missed with an early penalty before a charging run from former Crusader Phil Cushion set up a try for centre Matthew Hutchings to give Wales the lead.
And moments later the Bridgend Blue Bulls star was over for a second after good play from Lloyd O'Connor and Scott Bessant and Paul Emanuelli converted for a 10-0 lead
Hutchings fellow centre Karl Davies then had a try disallowed for crossing and the Bravehearts immediately made Wales pay and a break from Callum Anderson resulted in a score for prop John Cox and Grodzynski added the extra two to make it 10-6.
Wales were then guilty of wasting a number of charges and took wrong options when tries looked certain, but just before the break Wales did score again with Christiaan Roets setting up Liam Williams. Emanuelli missed the conversion but kicked a late penalty to make it 16-6 at half time.
The Scottish started the second half better and John Cox went over for a second try early on.
But Shaun Owens and Phil Cushion helped put Byron Williams over and Emanuelli's kick restored the six point lead before Cardiff Demons Jon Trickey went on a great run which sent Grant Epton over in the corner.
Then just before the end Paul Boden crashed over after good work from Dai Norman and Emanuelli's conversion made the final score 32-12 to Wales.
After the game Dragonhearts' coach Mike Healey said: "We are very pleased with today's performance, we prepared and planned well and despite missing five from the England game still put out a very good team.
"Scotland played some good rugby but we scored some great tries in the style we wanted to play. The weather was against us in the second half and the rain came down up in the high altitude of Nelson but we played great in conditions and deserved the win. We missed just six tackles in the whole game making 109 from 116 which is amazing and we hope we can take this good form over to our final game in Ireland and bring home the Grand Slam."
"Finally I'd like to thank Nelson who did a great job in hosting the game and everyone involved on and of the pitch in making the day so successful."
The Dragonhearts' final game is away to Ireland on Saturday 8th August.
1. Grant Epton (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
2. Dafydd Hellard (Valley Cougars)
3. Adrian Owen (Valley Cougars)
4. Karl Davies (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
15. Dai Norman (Dinefwr Sharks)
6. Paul Emanuelli (Valley Cougars)
24. Lloyd O Connor (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
21. Phil Cushion (Valley Cougars)
9. Shaun Owens (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
10. Matthew Dyer (Newport Titans)
11. Daniel Smith (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
12. Anthony Watts (Valley Cougars)
13. Christiaan Roets (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
Gareth Howells (Bridgend Blue Bulls)
Paul Boden (NPT Steelers)
John Tricky (Cardiff Demons)
Liam Williams (Cardiff Demons)
Byron Williams (Blackwood Bulldogs)
1. Nick Broero (Edinburgh Eagles)
2. Callum Anderson (Edinburgh Eagles)
3. Craig Borthwick (Edinburgh Eagles)
4. Richard Knight (Edinburgh Eagles)
5. Dave Arnot (Harlequins RL)
6. Jamie Benn (Castleford Panthers, capt)
7. Seb Trotter (Edinburgh Eagles)
8. Ash Carroll (Edinburgh Eagles)
9. Scott Porteous (Liverpool Buccaneers)
16. John Cox (Edinburgh Eagles)
11. Dave Simm (Easterhouse Panthers)
12. Barry Earl (Edinburgh Eagles)
13. Olly Foster (Leeds Akkies)
14. Andy Grodynski (Edinburgh Eagles)
15. Donald Anderson (Edinburgh Eagles)
10. James Hall (Northumbria University)
17. Mark Slater (Scottish Students)
18. Mike Scott (Scottish Students)
19. David Anderson (Edinburgh Eagles)
article by Simon Green
11 July 2009