Wales vs. England

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Wales 12 lost to England 26

Match URL
Wednesday, June 26th, 1996
Bill Harrigan
Cardiff Arms Park (Cardiff)
  Wales England
  12 26

Match Stats

Halftime Score 6 8
Penalties 1 6

Match Scoresheet

Tries   Jason Critchley   Shaun Edwards
    Chris Morley   Bobbie Goulding
        Chris Joynt
        Steve Prescott
Goals   Iestyn Harris (2)   Bobbie Goulding (5)


Fullback 1. Paul Atcheson 1. Steve Prescott
Wing 2. Diccon Edwards 2. Jason Robinson
Centre 3. Allan Bateman 3. Gary Connolly
Centre 4. Gareth Davies 4. Nathan McAvoy
Wing 5. Jason Critchley 5. John Bentley
Five-Eighth 6. Iestyn Harris 6. Daryl Powell
Halfback 7. Ian Watson 7. Shaun Edwards
Front Row 8. Mark Jones 8. Paul Broadbent
Hooker 9. Keiron Cunningham 9. Johnny Lawless
Front Row 10. Neil Cowie 10. Steve Molloy
Second Row 11. Paul Moriarty (c) 11. Chris Joynt
Second Row 12. Mark Perrett 12. Paul Sculthorpe
Lock 13. Chris Morley 13. Andy Farrell (c)
Bench 14. Martin Hall 14. Steve Blakeley
Bench 15. Richard Webster 15. Bobbie Goulding
Bench 16. Rowland Phillips 16. Barrie McDermott
Bench 17. Gareth Stephens 17. Mick Cassidy
Coach   Clive Griffiths   Phil Larder

Match Report


England are European champions in one code of football but only after a titanic struggle from a Welsh side that once more far exceeded the sum of its parts.

Two late tries gave the illusion of a relatively relaxed English victory. In fact, Wales pushed them all the way and were the better, more creative side for much of the match.

It was shortly before half-time before England took the lead against a Welsh side which had been the more impressive during the first 44 minutes.

Their tackling, with Allan Bateman setting the standard despite only flying in from Australia this week, was superb and their use of the ball, based on their forwards' ability to make more ground than their counterparts, was more productive.

They took the lead in the ninth minute with a try that showcased their other built-in advantage - the running skills of Iestyn Harris. Finding a gap in the English defence, he raced for the corner and, although he was caught by Steve Prescott's alert covering, he could still lob the ball inside for Chris Morley to score on his full Welsh debut, Harris adding the goal.

England were flat and uninspired and needed considerable Welsh help even to get on the scoreboard. Kieran Cunningham went high on Steve Blakeley and Bobby Goulding landed the penalty point.

As England gradually felt their way into the game, a combination of Morley, Bateman and Paul Aitcheson somehow managed to stop Jason Robinson touching down after he had gone over the try-line.

Gary Connolly was also repulsed on the line but Wales could not stop Chris Joynt when he juggled a pass by Paul Broadbent to go over from close range, Goulding's goal giving England a tenuous advantage.

After the interval, Goulding finally made England pressure pay, darting from dummy half to find a Welsh defence for once failing to pay attention.

Wales' response was magnificent, Harris picking up Atcheson and his run denting the English defence for Jason Critchley to back up on the inside and score.
In the 67th minute of a match played in front of a gratifying crowd for such a hopeless night, England effectively clinched it when Connolly jinked his way from deep in his own half and found Shaun Edwards in support for the converted try that finally let them breath more easily.

A long-range effort from Prescott four minutes from time flattered England with what now looked a comfortable win. It had been anything but that.


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