Morgan and Robinson sparkle as Wales U20s fall short in France

20 Mar

Matthew Morgan leads the Welsh charge Photo: Huw Evans

Wales Under 20s ended their 2011 Six Nations campaign with a 29-22 defeat to France, but Matthew Morgan and Harry Robinson both gave Welsh fans reasons to be cheerful.

Morgan was the outstanding performer in Albi on Friday night, kicking 17 points and piercing the French defence with gleeful abandon.

The jet-heeled Robinson, meanwhile, continued to impress on the wing with a number of scorching line breaks and Wales’s only try of the game.

Wales came within inches of snatching a draw at the end, but a combination of rugged French defending and dubious refereeing saw Darren Edwards’s men leave empty-handed.

The refereeing was over-zealous throughout, stifling the ebb and flow of a match which owed much to the attacking prowess of two inventive and daring teams.

No amount of whistleblowing could hamper Morgan, however, as the fledgling Osprey ran riot in midfield.

On one occasion, Morgan retrieved the ball on his own try line where he dummied past one defender, sprinted past another and raced towards the halfway line before being hauled into touch by a gang of French defenders.

Morgan’s acceleration routinely left Frenchmen in his wake, while the fly-half’s deft passing skills brought his team-mates into the game.

Coaches have rightly tried keeping a lid on the hype surrounding this 18-year-old, but one could not help but gaze admiringly as Morgan glided effortlessly across the Albi turf like a bird in flight.

Harry Robinson takes on French opposition Photo: Huw Evans

It will be similarly difficult to limit the excitement building around Cardiff Blues winger Robinson, who at just 17 years old, is already forging himself a reputation as one of Wales’s brightest talents.

He made several darting breaks against France, and his energetic, bustling running style made him a very tricky man to halt.

His greatest asset, however, is his pace. This was demonstrated most strikingly for his try, as he raced past French tacklers from 30 yards, like a gazelle keen to avoid its predator.

It was the very least a bold Welsh performance deserved, and if these two players continue to progress at this rate, it could be the Millennium Stadium – not a humble little ground in Albi – where they next showcase their talents for Wales.

2 Responses to “Morgan and Robinson sparkle as Wales U20s fall short in France”


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