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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Wales U21 32-57 England U21
Wales fly-half Aled Thomas
Wales fly-half Aled Thomas put Wales ahead after three minutes
Wales Under-21s ended a disappointing World Cup campaign with a heavy defeat to England to finish in eighth place.

Aled Thomas, who scored 14 points, gave Grand Slam winners Wales an early lead with a converted try and a penalty.

But England responded with three tries before James Ireland pulled one back to leave Wales 24-17 down at half-time.

Five unanswered English tries after the break ended the match as a contest, but Wales rallied with two late scores from Dai Flanagan and David Watts.

Said Wales coach Chris Davey: "Obviously I'm not happy with the way we played, either today or in the rest of the tournament.

"We had much higher expectations. It's been a difficult tournament with problems before we left and injuries when we got here.

"To win two from five isn't a good return. But we are a young team and I hope it makes us stronger for next year."

South Africa were crowned Under-21 World Cup winners after beating Australia 24-20 in the final at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina.

Wales U21: R Williams (Newport/Dragons); A Brew (Neath/Ospreys), A Bishop (Neath/Ospreys), D Watts (Swansea/Ospreys), D Lockyer (Cardiff/Blues); A Thomas (Newport/Dragons), J Ireland (Newport/Dragons); S Roberts (Bridgend/Blues), G Price (Neath), C Griffiths (Neath/Ospreys), W Jones (Swansea/Ospreys), D Day (Uwic/Scarlets), A Powell (Cardiff), C Davies (Bridgend/Ospreys), J Mills (Llanelli/Scarlets, capt).
Replacements: E Shervington (Neath), P Osborne (Cardiff/Blues), T Hearne (Bridgend), S Wahdan (Uwic/Blues), W Evans (Carmarthen Quins), D Flanagan (Pontypridd/Blues), S Ireland (Newport).

England U21: O Morgan (Gloucester); P Diggin (Northampton Saints), M Cornwell (Leicester Tigers, capt), S Whatling (Worcester Warriors), T Varndell (Leicester Tigers); T Flood (Newcastle Falcons) B Foden (Sale Sharks); D Hartley (Worcester Warriors), N Briggs (Rotherham Titans), W Thompson (Bristol Shoguns), R Blaze (Worcester Warriors), S Cox (Sale Sharks), J Haskell (London Wasps), W Skinner (Leicester Tigers), M Hopley (Worcester Warriors).
Replacements: D Ward (Bath), A Croall (Saracens), C Goodman (Bath), D Seymour (Saracens), L Dickson (Newcastle Falcons), S Geraghty (London Irish), B Russell (Saracens).

Wales U21 23-45 Scotland U21
22 Jun 05 |  Welsh
Argentina U21 36-31 Wales U21
18 Jun 05 |  Welsh
Scotland U21 8-24 Wales U21
14 Jun 05 |  Welsh


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