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WALES 18 PACIFIC ISLANDS 74
Pacific Islands slammed 46 unanswered second-half points on Wales in Brisbane on Friday night to clinch the Student Rugby League World Cup Shield trophy. Dean Scully's missed penalty was the nearest Wales got to scoring after half-time.
It took just two minutes for Ramon Filipine to break the deadlock for the Islanders first try. Liu Faamate made it 10-0 in the sixth minute and Filipine's 50-metre run made it 16-0 after only 12 minutes.
It was 22-0 just seven minutes later. Keli Fukofuka's kick was picked up by Filipine who laid the ball nicely off to Josh Stowers who scored under the sticks.
Wales finally got some points on the board in the 27th minute after an excellent Pete Moore run led to a Jon Brinkworth try, but Stowers responded almost immediately with his second try of the evening.
Wales fought back with two tries in the last five minutes of the first half. First Neil Davies ran straight through the defence to ground, then after the referee controversially didn't award a penalty after Brinkworth was kicked in the head, Phil Carleton finished off a 60-metre move starting with Davies at dummy half and an excellent pass to Carleton from Matt Jackson.
Phillip Breslin won the man of the match award after scoring the first two and final two tries of the Islanders eight try second half feast. His penultimate being a length of the field move involving Liu Faamate as well as Reggie Peranara, who got two tries for himself in the second period. Filipine and Keli Fukofuka also each added another try to the match tally.
Wales' sixth place in the World Cup is a fair reflection of their performance in the tournament as a whole but as the Islanders showed superior strength, size and skill and one can only wonder why they didn't go further.
WALES: Matt Jackson, Andrew Bond, Gavin Curry, Dean Scully, Ben Smith, Phil Carleton, Pete Moore, Dewi Scourfield, Dan ap Dafydd, Matt Drew, Gareth Morgan, Neil Davies, Dennis Pugh. Subs (all used): Austin Saunders, Jason Massey, Mark Burke, Neil Hesketh, Jon Brinkworth, Ross Olney.
Tries: Brinkworth (27), Davies (36), Carleton (38). Goals: Scully 3/4
PACIFIC ISLANDS: Wil Wishere, Bruno Schwartz, John Rece, Sam Valaau, Phillip,Breslin, Sione Fukofuka, Josh Stowers, David Trone, Luke Srama, Peter Pilou,Junior Alesano, Liu Faamate, Keli Fukofuka. Subs (all used): Helmy Souvannvone, Eddie Aila, Reggie Peranara, Ramon Filipine, Bobby Makau, Nic Williams.
Tries: Filipine (2, 12, 72), Faamate (6), Stowers (19, 29, 58), Breslin (42, 56, 75, 77), K.Fukofuka (66). Goals: Stowers 5/6, Faamate 3/3, Pilou 1/1, Peranara 1/1, Rece 1/1, K.Fukofuka 1/1
Gamestar: The skilful Phillip Breslin with four tries.
Gamebreaker: The half-time interval. Wales were on top just before half-time with their confidence growing but were never in the game after that.
SCOTLAND 13 IRELAND 4
Dave Ford kicked two early penalties to give Scotland a 4-0 lead before Paul O'Connor skillfully caught and grounded a bomb in the same move to make it 4-4.
That was how it stayed until half-time after both sides missed chances to go in with a lead. Ireland's Martin Cormack just failed to latch onto a grubber kick before it went over the dead-ball line, while Ford's attempt at a penalty hat-trick went centimetres wide.
But in a second-half with few chances, Dave Simm's try and Ford's conversion gave Scotland a six-point lead with 12 minutes remaining.
The Irish eyes were well and truly not smiling in this game after Lian Julian?s late try was ruled out for a forward pass and Dougie Thompson finally settled the match with a fieldgoal two minutes from time.
SCOTLAND: Dave Ford, Mark Webster, Calum Morrison, Dougie Flockhart, Andy McPhail, Mike Murphy, Lee Spence, Ryan Black, Bobby Bahadori, Chris Fletcher, Dave Simm, Ross Marshall, Stuart Dunbar, Andy Grey. Subs: Dougie Thompson, Tony Williams, Barry Earl, Sam Onions, Dave Jones, Dave Birchall.
Tries: Simm (68) Goals: Ford 4/5 Fieldgoal: Thompson
IRELAND: Dave Heathwood, Ben Tolman, Keith Armstrong, Danny Shaw, Ste Smith, Gaz Simpson, Jimmy Giblin, Matt Clarke, Martin Cormack, Dave Bulmer, Luke Garnett, Paul Lane, Lian Julian. Subs (all used): Paul O'Connor, Adam Walsh, Dave Hudson, Chris Harwood, James Gross, Shaun Quinn.
Tries: O'Connor (17)
Gamestar: Stuart Dunbar who set up Simm's winning try to cap off an excellent game.
Gamebreaker: Dougie Thompson's fieldgoal.