24th July 2018, 09:35 | university

England claim Student Four Nations title

England claim Student Four Nations title

Wales Students 8-36 England Universities

  • Sardis Road, Pontypridd
  • Sunday 22nd July, 4.45pm
  • By Ian Golden

England won their 12th Student Home Nations title after beating Wales 36-8 in Pontypridd on Sunday.

The England side only needed a draw to clinch the title with Wales, who were confined to third place following the defeat, needing a 45-point win.

It was an eventful and fully-charged first half where both sides pulverised each other with intensity normally seen in State of Origin encounters.

Harry Chapman nearly gave England the lead but he was pushed into touch by a collection of Welsh players when diving for the line.

But England did score first on 10 minutes with a Dan Gover try converted by Ben Stead. A late challenge from Jason Bass on Matthew Morgan delayed the game for over five minutes as the Welsh player was treated on the pitch, with Bass dispatched to the sin bin.

Wales weren't able to take advantage. They did win a goal-line drop-out but that was the closest they got to scoring during their spell with an extra man.

They also gave away too many penalties which gave England the metres that they needed for Will Jubb to score their second try which Stead converted. 12-0 to England at half-time.

The intensity calmed down a lot in the second half as the favourites took control. Bass increased England's lead three minutes into the second half with Stead converting again. That was before two tries from Marcus Stock, both improved by Stead, brought the score up to 30-0.

Wales had never been shut out in the history of this tournament and they were determined not to on this occasion. Rhys Davies raced through for an unconverted try just after the hour. They soon added another. Macauley Harris sneaked over from dummy half with Morgan Johnson again unable to land the conversion. Ashley Bateman nearly scored a third but was forced into dropping the ball as he dived for the line.

And when Rhys Gant was sin-binned for backchat, England took advantage and Harry Chapman scored with Stead converting to end England's 2018 to a close with a score.

Wales Students: Rhys Gant, Dylan Evans, James Bartlett, Aled Davies, Conor Harding, Morgan Johnson, Matthew Morgan, Dafydd Rees, Macauley Harris, Dewi Billingham, Rhys Davies, Jarad Hinnem, Fraser Stroud. Subs: Ashley Bateman, Brandon Aviet, Ryan Griffiths, Billy Forrester

  • Tries: R Davies (64), Harris (74)
  • Goals: Johnson 0/2
  • Sin-bin : Gant (79, dissent)

England Universities: Lewis Fairhurst, Lee Registe, Jason Bass, Matthew Chrimes, Harry Chapman, Kieran Smith, Ben Stead, Lewis Taylor, Will Jubb, Daniel Gover, James Mason, Marcus Stock, Ryan Langton. Subs: Luke Stephens, Conner MacCallum, Jed Mawdsley, Munashe Fumhanda

  • Tries: Gover (10), Jubb (32), Bass (43), Stock (46, 50), Chapman (80)
  • Goals: Stead 6/6
  • Sin-bin: Bass (23, late challenge)

Referee: Cameron Worsley