IRELAND 12 WALES 20
Bray RFC, Dublin
Sunday 14th June 2015
WALES dominating the first half against the tournament hosts on the first day on which Rugby League had been played on the oldest football ground on the Emerald Isle.
The match, which followed the clash between England and Scotland, which went 56-6 in favour of the whites, opened with Wales taking a seventh-minute lead, Matt Davies touching down after a charge-down and Marcus Webb converting.
Joe Bridger crossed some five minutes later and from the kick-off Webb ran through, converting his own try to make the score 16-0 in a quarter of an hour.
There was, though, no further score in the first half, but Wales extended their lead shortly after the resumption, George Giles going over.
Ireland rallied with touchdowns for Shane Kelly and Connor Phillips, James Kelly improving on each occasion. And, in a carbon copy of the first half, the final 25 minutes saw no further scores as Wales held out.
Report: Ian Golden
IRELAND: Vincent Morris (Nottingham Trent University), James Kennedy (NUI Galway), Shane Brennan (Maynooth University), Peter O’Neill (Athlone I.T.), Matthew Connolly (Colaiste Ide), Josh Dean (Manchester Metropolitan University), James Kelly (University College Dublin), Andrew Keating (Dublin City University), Connor Phillips (Queens University), Ryan Healy (Drogheda Institute of Further Education), Stephen Costello (Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute), Jason Long (St Mary’s University), Elliott Munnelly (Nottingham Trent University). Subs: Shane Kelly (Dublin City University), David Heath (NUI Galway), John Healy (University College Dublin), Peter Ryan (Athlone I.T.).
Tries: S.Kelly (50), Phillips (55)
Goals: J.Kelly 2/2
WALES: James Gahan (University of Gloucestershire), Joe Bridger (University of South Wales), Jordan Howells (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Yousif Sulliman (University of South Wales), Fraser Robinson (University of Bath), Efan Ellis (University of Wales Trinity St David), Marcus Webb (Bridgend College), Morgan Evans (University of Bath), Alec Wheatley (Swansea University), Rhys Davies (Coleg Gwent), Matt Davies (Hartpury College), George Giles (University of Gloucestershire), Osian Phillips (University of South Wales). Subs: Curtis Davies (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), Connor Davies (Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera), Nathan Rainer (University of Gloucestershire), James Exley (University of Bath).
Tries: M.Davies (7), Bridger (12), Webb (14), Giles (46).
Goals: Webb 2/4
Tuesday 16 June: Wales v Scotland (2pm), Ireland v England (6pm)
Friday 19 June: England v Wales (noon), Ireland v Scotland (4pm)