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Grady scores sensational try as Wales under-18 draw

Age Grade & Academy | 13th August 2019


Cardiff Blues' Mason Grady scored a sensational individual try as Wales under-18 and South Africa Schools A drew in a thrilling encounter in Paarl.

Grady, brother of Welsh international Cory Allen, was joined by fellow academy member, Ben Burnell, in the starting line-up, with Alex Mann, Ethan Lloyd and Jake Thomas named on the bench.

The sides had their equal share of the eight tries scored, with Wales opening the scoring after only four minutes of action. Taking full advantage of a Travis Huntley turnover, the ball was spread wide to full back Jake Morgan, who touched down in the corner.

Centre Tom Matthews added the conversion, before extending his side's lead to 10-points with a penalty.

After prop Lewys Jones was sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements, the hosts made full use of the man advantage to cross for their opening try, with Teague Lolley crashing over from short range for the first of his two tries.

South Africa took the lead as Sonwako Sokoyi crossed the whitewash, but a finely judged restart from Burnell allowed his side to reply instantly, with Rhodri King registering on the scoresheet.

Scrum half Luke Davies added another score for Wales, but the scoreboard rollercoaster continued with Sibusiso Java dotting down for a stunning team score, starting in the hosts' own 22.

Grady replied with an equally impressive try, as he ghosted his way past the Springbok defence to run in from 40 meters.

Lolley's late try brought the scores level once again at 31-points apiece, with Wales reduced to 14 men for the final five minutes, after Joe Hawkins was shown a red card for a high shoulder.