Week One of the European Championship saw two fine games, watched by reasonably healthy crowds.
With almost no promotion from those at the top of the sport’s hierarchy, it was perhaps a wonder that anyone at all knew that these games were going ahead.
With no TV coverage of the tournament in place, rugby league fans have been robbed of the chance to see some great games.
Those who attended the two games, however, will certainly not have been disappointed at the excitement on show.
With very few Super League players making themselves available to Kear, the wily coach was forced to rely on youngsters from the South Wales Scorpions, seasoned with some older heads from the Championship.
Frm that point on, though, Scotland, with Brough to the fore, dominated proceedings. Tries from the Huddersfield halfback, as well as debutants Oscar Thomas and Corbyn Kilday, put them into the lead.
Callum Phillips‘ brother Brett rounded off the scoring for the Scots on 70 minutes, before Farrer scored a consolation try for the Welsh.
All in all, Scotland coach Steve McCormack will have been pleased with his team’s efforts, as they now look towards what could be a very tough clash with the Irish in Dublin.
1 Oscar Thomas, 2 David Scott, 3 Ben Hellewell, 4 Joe Wardle, 5 Alex Hurst, 6 Danny Brough, 7 Nathan Massey, 8 Adam Walker, 9 Danny Addy, 10 Ben Kavanagh, 11 Brett Phillips, 12 Corbyn Kilday, 13 Sonny Esslemont.
Tries: Brough (12), Thomas (17), Kilday (28), Walker (46, 62), Scott (49), C Phillips (51), B Phillips (70)
Goals: Brough 5/8
1 Tom Hughes, 3 Yannic Parker, 8 Kyle Scrivens, 11 Christiaan Roets, 19 Rhys Williams, 6 Ollie Olds, 10 Peter Lupton, 13 Daniel Fleming, 16 Ricky Hough, 12 Matty Barron, 9 Phil Carleton,7 Ashley Bateman, 22 Joe Burke.
Tries: Williams (10), Roets (39), Lupton (44), Farrer (76)
Goals: Hough 0/2, Reece 1/2
Referee: James Child (England)
France travelled to Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium as firm favourites for a clash with Mark Aston’s Ireland. Nevertheless, an unfancied Irish team produced one of their finest ever international displays to emerge victorious.
Former Hull KR and Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell, currently without a club, played a prominent role for Ireland. But it was Josh Toole of the Illawarra Cutters who won man of the match for a fine all-round performance in the back row.
Marginet also added the extras when Catalans hooker Eloi Pelissier crossed with 10 minutes or so remaining.
1 Shannon McDonnell, 2 Callum Mulkeen, 3 Haydn Peacock, 4 Michael Platt, 5 Casey Dunne, 6 Callum Casey, 7 Ben Johnston 8 Rob Mulhern, 9 Bob Beswick (C), 10 Luke Ambler, 11 Elliot Cosgrove, 12 Joshua Toole, 13 Will Hope
Tries: McDonnell (7, 46), Peacock (30, 53), Murphy (79)
Goals: Dunne 1/5
1 Tony Maurel, 2 Matthias Pala, 3 Jean-Philippe Baile, 4 Damien Cardace, 5 Frederic Vaccari, 6 Theo Fages, 7 William Barthau, 8 Jamal Fakir, 9 Eloi Pelissier, 10 Mickael Simon, 11 Kevin Larroyer, 12 Benjamin Garcia, 13 Jason Baitieri
14 Marginet, 15 Wood, 16 Bousquet, 17 Maria
Tries: Larroyer (58), Maurel (70)
Goals: Marginet 2/2
Referee: Tim Roby (England)
Week Two fixtures:
Both games scheduled for 25/10/2014, kick off 14:00 BST