It was a busy weekend of International action, and five young Ospreys were all on Welsh duty for Wales U19s and Wales Sevens.
Ben Cambriani and Reuben Morgan-Williams both featured for Wales in the Hong Kong Sevens on the weekend. Wales racked up four losses and two wins over the course of three days, including an impressive 21-19 win over number one ranked side USA on day two.
The side kicked off their campaign with a 36-19 loss to England. But the Welsh fought back with tries from Cambriani, Luke Treharne and Joe Goodchild, steering the team to the win over the USA.
But the side failed to build on their impressive win, falling 26-10 to Spain and 38-7 to Japan.
Kicking off day three, Wales notched up another strong result. Tries from the two young Ospreys, Cambriani and Morgan- Williams, and another three from Afon Bagshaw, Tom Rogers and Ben Roach saw the side clinch the 29-14 win over Canada.
In their final game of the tournament, Wales went toe to toe with Spain once again. Tries from Cambriani and Tomi Lewis drew Wales level with Spain before their opponents secured the golden point to take the 19-14 victory.
Wales U19 15 – 31 England U19
England U19 secured a hard-fought 15-31 victory against Wales at Morganstone Brewery Field thanks to three second half tries and the class of Josh Hodge who finished the game with a personal haul of 16 points.
Wales acquitted themselves well against a well drilled England side who had a sprinkling of U20 internationals among their ranks.
A huge defensive shift in the first half ensured Wales restricted England to a 3-7 lead at the break. Scrum half Jonny Law darted over in the fifth minute for a converted try but Josh Thomas’s penalty kept Wales in touch.
The home side took the lead when prop Luke Yendle powered over after a concerted period of pressure from Geraint Lewis’s men. Thomas’ conversion put his side 10-7 in front but a lack of concentration from the kick-off saw England charge downfield and score by the posts through Joe Howard.
Hodge added the conversion and a penalty before Jack Clement touched down. Hodge put the icing on the cake when he glided over for a converted try five minutes from the end.
Wales had the final say when full back Harri Doel scooted over in the corner but it was too little, too late for the home side.
Wales U19: Tries – Luke Yendle, Harri Doel; Pen – Josh Thomas
England U19: Tries – Jonny Law, Joe Howard, Jack Clement, Josh Hodge; Cons – Hodge (4); Pen – Hodge