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BBC Sport's Ray French
"Wales never lost hope"
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Wales skipper Keiron Cunningham
"It was a very proud occasion for me"
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Wales team manager Kel Cosslett
"Obviously I'm disappointed with the result"
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England coach David Waite
"I was pleased with the situation"
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England's Paul Sculthorpe
"All credit to Wales"
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Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK
England too strong for brave Wales
Paul Sculthorpe stretches for his hat-trick
Paul Sculthorpe scores his third try of the evening
Wales 33-42 England

England proved too powerful for an injury-depleted Wales in the international at Wrexham on Tuesday night.

Wales, without the likes of Iestyn Harris and Anthony Sullivan, put on a brave display, but they were overwhelmed by the might of England's Super League regulars in the second half.


Looking back, we are a little disappointed that, having created the opportunity to win it, we squandered it
  Wales coach
Neil Kelly

There was plenty to encourage Great Britain coach David Waite, who was doubling as England boss.

Strong displays from Keiron Cunningham, Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Deacon and Lee Briers will give him plenty to think about before the announcement of the Ashes squad on Thursday.

Wales, playing into a setting sun, piled on the pressure in the first half.

Tries from Jason Lee, Damien Gibson and Briers gave Wales a 16-0 lead and the home fans were pinching themselves in disbelief.

It took a rampaging run from the huge Paul Anderson to lift England spirits, and they scored two tries in three minutes through Jamie Peacock and Sculthorpe.

  Match details
Wales:
Tries: Lee 2, Gibson, Briers, Morley, Atcheso.
Goals: Briers 4
Drop goal: Briers
England:
Tries: Sculthorpe 3, Peacock, Radford, Pratt, Farrell, Wellens
Goals: Farrell 5

Sculthorpe, partnering Paul Deacon at half-back, was in superb form and surely played his way into the Ashes squad.

It looked like only a matter of time before England drew level. Instead, there was another Welsh try six minutes from the interval.

Welsh captain Cunningham's run sparked a move which involved Gibson, Jason Critchley and Barry Eaton before Lee touched down in the corner for his second try of the night.

Briers converted from the touchline and the 23-year-old then had the last word of a frenetic first half with a drop goal which just sneaked over the crossbar to make it 23-10 at the break.

England came out with all guns blazing and a Sculthorpe kick caused chaos in the Welsh defence.


I'm very grateful to the players for producing a performance we had no right to expect
  Wales coach
Neil Kelly

England captain Farrell, Lee Radford, Karl Pratt and Sculthorpe all went over as the visitors suddenly found themselves nine points in front.

Just when Wales look dead and buried, they burst back with two dramatic tries.

Chris Morley and Paul Atcheson both drove over, with Briers converting one to make it 38-33.

But a famous Welsh victory was dashed when Paul Wellens sprinted over for a try with five minutes left.


Wales: Mark Lennon (Castleford); Damien Gibson (Halifax), Martin Pearson (Wakefield), Jason Critchley (Whitehaven); Jason Lee (Halifax), Lee Briers (Warrington), Barry Eaton (Dewsbury); Keith Mason (Wakefield), Ian Watson (Widnes), Dave Whittle (Leigh>, Chris Morley (Leigh), Dean Busby (Warrington), Keiron Cunningham (St Helens, c)

Subs: Paul Atcheson (Widnes), Gareth Dean (Wigan), Steffan Hughes (London), Gareth Price (St Helens).

England Paul Wellens (St Helens); Leon Pryce (Bradford), Kris Radlinski (Wigan), Keith Senior (Leeds), Chev Walker (Leeds); Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens), Paul Deacon (Bradford); Paul Anderson (Bradford), Terry Newton (Wigan), Brian McDermott (Bradford), Jamie Peacock (Bradford), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds), Andy Farrell (Wigan, c).

Subs Karl Pratt (Leeds), Paul King (Hull), Natahan Sykes (Castleford), Lee Radford (Bradford).


RefereeThierry Alibert (France).
Attendance: 6,373.
Man-of-the-match: Lee Briers (Wales).

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