Academy side cruise in historic match

By Ian Golden | 18/05/2014

In the first ever junior club Rugby League match in Oxfordshire, the far more experienced South Wales Scorpions under 19s side cruised to a 52-12 victory.

 

For at least five of the Oxford side, it was their first ever game of Rugby League, and for the rest, it was a step-up from playing the odd Champion Schools game.

 

Winning an early goal-line drop-out, Harry Boots charged through for the opening South Wales try on five minutes. Ben Jones missed the conversion.

 

From kick-off, Rhys Davies offloaded to Zak Williams who ran 50 metres to double the Scorpions’ lead. Ben Jones converted to put them 10-0 up.

 

Oxford refused to lie down. Steven Dobson missed a penalty on 16 minutes, but six minutes later, 15-year old full-back Ben Thomas outpaced his elders to score under the sticks with Dobson converting.

 

South Wales responded straight away when Dan Maiden scored in the corner. Jones missed the conversion.

 

It was end to end for the the second quarter of the game. Thomas looked for a second for the home side but he was held up over the line.

 

Scorpions were also denied a score, winger James Taylor being the unlucky player whose attempt was ruled as a double movement after battling past a half of the Oxford side.

 

However when the ball worked its way out to the other wing, sub Joe Festa scored in the same position as Maiden. Jones was again unsuccessful with the kick leaving the half-time score at 18-6 to the Welsh.

 

The second half was all South Wales as their class showed. They took less than two minutes to extend their lead after Jordan Thomas grounded and Alex King converted.

 

The tries then followed in quick succession. From kick-off, Morgan Jeffries went over for the next try and King goaled again.

 

Then came one from Ben Giles try, Alex King missed the kick.

 

Jordan Thomas and Connor Davies both added scores before the hour with King converting both to make the score 46-4 before Thomas completed his hat-trick to bring up the 50. Jones goaled that particular effort.

 

Once again, Oxford refused to give up. Ethan Chapman forced his way over the line for their second of the game with Dobson converting to complete the scoring.

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