Wales Under 18 warmed up for their upcoming Six Nations tournament by producing a magnificent comeback to beat France 31-22.
Chris Horsman’s side were up against it at 15-0 down at half time, but they rallied impressively by showing tremendous character and no little skill. After Wales Women’s victory over Ireland earlier in the day, this result made it back-to-back Welsh successes at Cardiff Arms Park.
Home tries came from Exiles wing Louis Rees-Zammit, a brace by Dragons flyer Carrick McDonough, Harry Breeze and Harri Deaves. France crossed through Simon Desert, Enzo Camilleri and Max Spring.
Scorers: Wales U18: Tries: C McDonough 2, L Rees-Zammit, H Breeze, H Deaves; Con: E Dunford 3
France U18: Tries: S Desert, E Camilleri, M Spring; Cons: E Retiere 2; Pen: E Retiere
Wales U18: Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Blues); Louis Rees-Zammit (Exiles), Mason Grady (Cardiff Blues), Bradley Roderick (captain, Ospreys), Carrick McDonough (Dragons); Ed Dunford (Exiles), Dylan Davies (Dragons); Sam O’Connor (Scarlets), Oliver Burrows (Ospreys), Iestyn Haskins (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Anstey (Cardiff Blues), Christ Tshiunza (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Thomas (Ospreys), Harri Deaves (Ospreys), Evan Lloyd (Cardiff Blues)
Reps : Rhodri King (Scarlets), Theo Bevacqua (Exiles), Lewys Jones (Ospreys), Joe Peard (Dragons), Harry Breeze (Scarlets), Ethan Lloyd (Cardiff Blues), Thomas Matthews (Exiles), Dan John (Exiles)