Scott’s Bravehearts suffer European Championship defeat at hands of Wales

Ex-Batley player Dan Fleming starred for Wales.
Ex-Batley player Dan Fleming starred for Wales.

Batley Bulldogs full-back Dave Scott was unable to prevent Scotland slipping to a second straight defeat in the Eurpean Championships as they went down 50-12 against Wales.

Scotland made a near faultless start and led 12-0 early on before John Kear’s Welsh side went on to score 50 unanswered points.

Having clawed their way back to within four points by the break, Wales totally dominated the second half, running in seven unanswered tries including a hat trick to winger Rhys Williams who extended his record as the nations’ leading try poacher.

Former Batley coach Kear spoke after the win: “I’m delighted, in all honesty we got what we deserved.

“They’ve applied themselves on the training field, we wanted that quality in the performance and we got it – I’m really pleased for the players.

“It’s a good feeling and now we can take this into the Ireland match which is a vital qualifying game.”

Wales were superbly led by prop Dan Fleming, who also had a spell at Batley under Kear, as he played the full 80 minutes.

Captain Elliot Kear was the catalyst for the Welsh revival along with London Broncos teammate Williams.

Scotland began superbly as James Bell made space for Murray Mitchell and he sent Davey Dixon over for a debut try with Ryan Brierley landing an excellent touchline conversion.

Bell crashed over from a delightful pass by Kane Bentley, which Brierley converted but that proved to be the end of the home scoring.

Williams made a 50 metre break and was then on hand to gather Ben Morris’s superb flick pass to score.

Elliott Kear’s challenge forced Scott into an error and debutant Elliott Jenkins was on hand to gather and cross.

The second half was one-way traffic, as Morris sent Williams in and Olds converted to edge Wales ahead.

Ralph used Fleming as a foil, breaking through to send Chester Butler strolling over and, on the next set, Olds beat Robinson to a high kick, palming the ball back for Jenkins to claim his brace.

Jenkins then turned provider to send Ralph over and he made it two tries in four minutes after supplying Williams and taking the return ball.

Williams completed his treble soon after, latching on to an astute kick from Kear.

In the final minute, Evans bustled his way over and Olds brought up the half century with his seventh goal.

Scotland now fall into the final European qualifying tournament next year if they are to make the 2021 World Cup, while Wales face a showdown with Ireland to qualify.