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    Posted: 16 June 2017 at 6:51am
Wales are playing well but Sam Davies is missing kicks. 3-0 to Wales. 
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Finally Cuthburt scores. But Sam missed the conversion
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8-3 at half time. Keep running this Tongan pack around and the win will come. And to kick off a regular debate on here, the referee hasn't got a clue about scrums
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11-6 after 60 minutes in a scrappy messy game. Ryan Elias is on- congratulations to him. 
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24-6 final score which reflects the game. Further congratulations to Wyn and Aled for their first caps.  
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24-6 FT

late penalty try to add to some penalties.

Caps for Ryan Elias - showed up well apart from one missed lineout and a very harsh (i.e. wrong) decision by the ref who saw a non-existent truck and trailer (Tonga were coming in the side at the same time!)... Aled Davies played a tidy 10 minutes for his cap, Wyn Jones added some grunt to a late scrum and the maul which led to the penalty try.

Steff did well in the first half - saw less of the ball later on. Scott - not his best game - dropped a couple of passes. Cawdor - did OK, some tidy box kicks, no obvious mistakes... Shingler - a lot of grunt work around the rucks.

As for the others - Sam Davies OK in general play, but poor goal kicking meant that it was a lot closer than it should have been until late on. Anscombe tidy overall. Cuthbert blew two chances but took his third chance well. Doc competitive as always.  Navidi had a decent game.

It's worth noting that a stat late on showed 7 turnovers to Tonga and only 6 to Wales. I wonder if the stats would have been different if Cubby had been in the team?
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congratulations to all the Scarlets capped....
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As usual, the attack was problematic - too much in the way of butterfingers and white line fever. On the other hand, to keep Tonga tryless was highly commendable for such an inexperienced team. Judging by the world rankings, nowadays there isn't much difference between Samoa and Tonga, although my main worry is that some of the more experienced Welsh players may shortly be called up to join the Lions.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aber-fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 June 2017 at 8:46am
Originally posted by najbritcol najbritcol wrote:

As usual, the attack was problematic - too much in the way of butterfingers and white line fever. On the other hand, to keep Tonga tryless was highly commendable for such an inexperienced team. Judging by the world rankings, nowadays there isn't much difference between Samoa and Tonga, although my main worry is that some of the more experienced Welsh players may shortly be called up to join the Lions.

One thing that'll be different - it's likely to be blazing hot in Samoa, unlike the downpour at Eden Park. I expect as a result that forwards will be subbed a whole lot earlier than they were today.
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Didn't catch it all, but from what I saw the officiating looked a little lop-sided - like one of those training games when you ask the ref to ping everything (and sometimes even nothing) for the stronger team and let the opposition mostly get away with it. Wink

Bit of confusion over the Penalty Try conversion at the end, and shame Elias didn't get his debut try - Wales players didn't seem to know they were playing to the Southern Hemisphere trial Laws. Confused

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That tackle on cory allen was crazy, how the heck wasnt that penalised
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Originally posted by NobbySosban NobbySosban wrote:

Didn't catch it all, but from what I saw the officiating looked a little lop-sided - like one of those training games when you ask the ref to ping everything (and sometimes even nothing) for the stronger team and let the opposition mostly get away with itWink

Bit of confusion over the Penalty Try conversion at the end, and shame Elias didn't get his debut try - Wales players didn't seem to know they were playing to the Southern Hemisphere trial Laws. Confused


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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

That tackle on cory allen was crazy, how the heck wasnt that penalised
he used his arms and he tackled the chest area,
30th june 1986- 30th june 2011.25 years roofing,i wouldn't call that dodgy.
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Tackle seemed fine to me? Cory underestimated how hard these boys hit. Well looks like our scarlet boys have forgotten how to pass and catch. Anscombe had a great game at last! Cuthbert delivered like a winger should. Forwards didn't really give us much ball, centres were awful. Steff looked to run but wasn't given many tidy opportunities and made a few handling errors. Not a great show but it was a win with some new caps so will take that. Falling asleep in work today now.
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Originally posted by ladram ladram wrote:

Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

That tackle on cory allen was crazy, how the heck wasnt that penalised

he used his arms and he tackled the chest area,
He led with the shoulder though. I'm fairly certain that rightly or wrongly a NH ref would have carded him
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