Ian
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World Student Cup result - Australia vs New Zealand

WALES face an uphill battle to qualify for the Student Rugby League World Cup semi-finals following Australia's 32-14 win over New Zealand at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Student World Cup kicks off this weekend in Brisbane

WHILE the Rugby Union Lions are attempting to save face in New Zealand, at the same time across the Tasman Sea in Brisbane, Wales' Student Rugby League side open their World Cup account against the Kiwis.

Student World Cup - Preview

WALES will be looking to bounce back from their crushing defeat against New Zealand when they face Scotland on Wednesday morning in the second match of their Student Rugby League World Cup campaign.

Welsh roundup

BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS 42 TORFAEN TIGERS 10 Bridgend Blue Bulls, Newport Titans and Aberavon Fighting Irish all remain in the top three of the Total Rl.com Rugby League Conference Premier Wales after winning home matches on Saturday.

WALES 70 SCOTLAND 8

WALES successfully opened their defence of the Parkhouse Recruitment Conference Home Nations Championship at the Brewery Field on Sunday after beating Scotland 70-8 in front of a crowd of over 700.

This week's previews and fixtures including Wales v Scotland

SATURDAY 11th June Total Rl.com Rugby League Conference Premier Wales (kick-offs 2.30pm)

Welsh Rugby League weekend preview

SATURDAY 4th June Total Rl.com Rugby League Conference Premier Wales (kick-offs 2.30pm)

Wales face tough task for Student World Cup

WALES will have to overcome the holders and the hosts if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the Student Rugby League World Cup in July writes Ian Golden.

Trevor Foster Tribute

"IT was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Welsh Rugby League legend, Trevor Foster, who passed away today, Saturday 2 April 2005, aged 90. "I had the pleasure of dining with the great man at Cardiff City Hall last year when he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame. This was a memorable evening and I found him to be nothing less than a perfect gentleman and a teller of many great stories about the game.

RAF beat the Welsh selection

THE expression "a game of two halves" is often used, but "a game in each half" is not a phrase you will hear very often. However this was the occasion when both Wales Students and Cardiff Demons faced up against the RAF at Abercynon RFC on Wednesday night. Wales Students were originally due to play the whole match but due to an injury crisis, only 14 fit men were able to turn out. Because of this, the Demons stepped in to help and it was agreed that the Wales Students would play in the first half and the Demons in the second. The first half was a tight affair with both defensive lines in top form. Missing two penalties in the first quarter of the match, the RAF finally took the lead in the 23rd minute. Gavin Evans stormed to the line with a 50-metre run but was superbly tackled by Matt Jackson. From the resulting play-the-ball, Daz White set up Will Greenwood who stormed through on the left-hand corner. Wales fought back and took a 6-4 lead seven minutes later after Mark Dando powered through. Dean Scully kicked the conversion. However, the RAF went in with a 10-6 lead after a try in the final play of the first half after Daz White, on Cardiff Demons books but playing for his employers, the RAF tonight, ran past three to place in the corner. Damien Clayton successfully kicked a tricky conversion. The match was far more open in the second half as both sides showed attacking flair that was sorely missing in the first. Once again, the RAF were first on the scoreboard after Chris Gordon took advantage of a defensive lapse to ground. Clayton added the extras before scoring a penalty five minutes later to give the RAF a two-try cushion. The lead increased again on 59 minutes after Keiron Kavanagh easily broke through the defence to score under the sticks. Daz White converted. Cardiff Demons eventually got on the second half scoresheet after two tries in five minutes. First Matt Jackson placed the ball under the sticks after breaking through, then Graham Hughes powered over with a try in the corner echoing his Shield Final winner last September. Gareth Jones converted the first of the the two bringing the score back to 16-24. Both sides had chances for more tries but it was the RAF's Will Greenwood who completed the scoring with a minute remaining. So the match finished with three sides taking away different scorelines. In the case of the RAF, they won 28-16 with Wales Students and Cardiff Demons losing 6-10 and 10-18 respectively. For Cardiff, it was their first proper run-out before the new season and they will go away the happiest of the two Welsh sides, especially with man-of-the-match Daz White waiting in the wings to turn out for them against Bridgend on May 1. For Wales, a lot of work needs to be done if they are to compete with Australia and New Zealand in the Student World Cup this summer. RAF Scorers: Tries: Greenwood (23, 79). White (40), Gordon (50), Kavanagh (59), Goals: Clayton 3/6, White 1/1. Wales Students Scorers: Tries: Dando (30). Goals: Scully 1/2 Cardiff Demons Scorers: Tries: Jackson (64), Hughes (68). Goals: Jones 1/2. Referee: Colin Neale (Rhondda).

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