England kicked off the Student Four Nations against Wales in a match that had moments of brilliance from both teams but was littered with handling errors. England was able to capitalise on Welsh mistakes running in four scores before the half time whistle.
England came out looking sharp in the second half and it wasn’t long before they crossed the whitewash to increase their lead. Wales rallied with 20 minutes to go and ran in a series of scores to decrease the deficit but England crossed late in the game to seal the win 32 -12.
The highlight for the spectators was Scotland‘s performance against Ireland. With Scotland dominating the early possession they capitalised and ran in three superb scores through Hull FC‘s Crawford Matthews to give the Scots a comfortable 18-0. Scotland scored again but we unable to covert the conversion which gave them a commanding 22 – 0 lead.
Penalties plagued the Scottish defence which resulted in an Irish try before halftime to take the score at the break to 22 – 6.
Ireland came out from halftime looking ready to attack and did so with a kick that was closed down by Scotland but a mistake led to an Irish score (22 – 10). Ireland continued to mount pressure on the Scottish defence but a breakaway try restored the Scots 18 point margin (28 – 10).
Ireland continued to fight and threatened the line a few times before finally crossing (28 – 16)
Scotland looked like they might start running away with the match after two scores that put them 36 – 16 points in front but the Irish capitalised on a tired Scottish defence and scored two quick fire try’s that put them back into the match at 36 – 28.
With the roll on the Irish hammered the Scottish defence before knocking on and gifting possession back to the Scots. The Scots worked up field before being awarded a penalty that saw the ball worked wide to Richard Knight who was tackled over the line and able to place the ball down over his head to secure the victory for the Scots (40 -28)
SCOTLAND vs. Wales = 7:00pm
Both at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow.