Perfect Tens: Shingler, Morgan and Davies stake their claims

18 Nov

Wales may be struggling against the Southern Hemisphere giants, but the Welsh conveyor belt of outside-halves seems to be in rude health.

Matthew Morgan produced a man-of-the-match performance as the Ospreys hammered Leicester 46-13 last weekend, and he is one of three fly-halves who have shone for Welsh regions of late.

The 18-year-old was at the heart of every Ospreys attack, and his evening was capped off with a brilliant solo try.

Morgan, who has represented Wales at under-18 level, is only 5ft 5ins tall but his sharp hands and bright thinking more than compensate for such a diminutive frame.

The Swansea starlet was named Principality Premiership Player of the Month for September, and he is now bracing himself for a battle with Wales international Dan Biggar for a place in the Ospreys’ first XV.

Elsewhere, a nerveless display from Steven Shingler steered the Scarlets to a 25-16 win away to London Irish.

The 19-year-old struck six penalties and a conversion, and he controlled the tempo of the match with steady passing and smart kicking from hand.

Shingler faces competition from Rhys Priestland and Lions player Stephen Jones for the Scarlet’s 10 jersey, but the youngster boosted his selection chances immeasurably with his showing against the Exiles.

At 26, Gareth Davies is older than Shingler and Morgan, but the Cardiff RFC outside-half is turning heads for the Cardiff Blues.

An excellent place kicker and an able runner, Davies has shone for the Blues having been given a starting place for LV Cup matches.

Davies was named man of the match during the Blues’ 23-23 draw with Exeter, and the Caerphilly man is now hot on the heels of the Blues’ first-choice outside-halves, Dan Parks and Ceri Sweeney.

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