Discussion in 'Other European Competitons' started by S J, Oct 17, 2015.
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Wales (12) 18
Tries: Parry, Grant, Walker Goals: C Davies 3
Scotland (6) 12
Tries: Ferguson, Thomas Goals: Brough 2
Wales opened their European Championship campaign with an impressive win over defending champions Scotland in Wrexham.
Ireland were beaten 31-14 by France in Albi in their opening match of the 2015 Rugby League European Championship.
Was that the full French squad? I know Ireland have a reasonable team these days but i would have thought the French in France would have toweled them up.
Scotland (4) 22
Tries: Addy 2, Toal, Ferguson Goals: Brough 3
Ireland (18) 24
Tries: Cosgrove, Hargreaves, Ambler, Grix Goals: Finn 4
A late Scott Grix try helped Ireland claim their first win in this year's European Championship, sending title-holders Scotland to a second defeat.
Wales moved to within a draw of winning the European Championship for the first time since 2010 with a 14-6 win over France at Cardiff Arms Park.
A draw or victory against Ireland on Saturday, 7 November in Bray would secure the title, having beaten holders Scotland in the tournament opener.
France, who beat Ireland last weekend, now have not won a Test in south Wales since 1948.
Dalton Grant, Joe Burke and Courtney Davies scored tries for Wales.
Davies also added a conversion to give the hosts a 14-0 lead, before Mickael Simon scored under the posts for France and William Barthau quickly landed the extras.
European Championship 2015: Ireland v Wales
Ireland: (0) 4
Wales: (22) 30
Tries: Grant, Reece, Parry, Lloyd, Kear Goals: Davies 5
Wales secured the European Championship Rugby League title by beating Ireland 30-4 in Bray on Saturday.
The Welsh, needing only a draw to clinch the European title for the first time in five years, all but secured victory by half-time with a 22-0 lead.
Dalton Grant, Lewis Reece, Steve Parry and Rhodri Lloyd scored first-half tries for John Kear's Wales side.
Elliot Kear added a second-half try for the visitors with Callum Mulkeen replying for Ireland late on.
Courtney Davies kicked 10 points for Wales, whose victory secured them the title at the expense of France, who defeated Scotland 32-18 earlier on Saturday.
Grant's try edged Wales ahead after Davies kicked a penalty deep into Irish territory.
And after Liam Finn and Elliot Cosgrove had both threatened the Wales line, the visitors broke away for a second try when Reece reacted first after Casey Dunne had dropped a high ball.
With Ireland wasting further promising attacking opportunities, they were made to pay with Parry and Lloyd both crossing for the Welsh before the break.
Kear punished more poor Irish defending in the second half as Davies added to his haul of kicked points.
Ireland's sole score came in the 72nd minute as Mulkeen touched down in the corner, but it was scant consolation for the well-beaten home side as Wales celebrated.
Interestingly Wales won the european cup this year but it is Scotland who won it last year who will go through to the 4 nations....despite coming last this season. Work that one out.
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