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Rugby: Dan Owen helps Wales U18s maintain perfect International Series record with Canada win

Rugby: Dan Owen helps Wales U18s maintain perfect International Series record with Canada win

Rydal Penrhos pupil Dan Owen continued his remarkable success with another victory as part of the Wales U18 rugby side.

The upper sixth pupil, who is a member of the RGC Academy which is run in partnership with the school and the Welsh Rugby Union, made his second consecutive start as Wales secured a 50-14 triumph to maintain their 100 per cent record in the International Series.

Despite the eventual result was the visitors who opened the scoring thanks to a try from number eight Christoph Stangl on 13 minutes. Fly-half Brennig Prevost added the extras.

Wales' response was swift, as scrum-half Aron Hemmings wrong-footed the defence inside their 22 and found half-back partner Llew Smith, whose try was impressively converted by inside centre Scott Lloyd.

The home side went ahead soon after when winger Tomi Lewis touched down for a blistering solo effort, and they pulled further clear when replacement Tom Hoppe crossed the white wash within moments of coming on.

The combative Canadians kept themselves in the hunt when blindside Owain Ruttan powered his way over the line, but the relentless Welsh outfit restored their advantage when full-back James McCarthy penetrated the visiting defence to score.

After the break saw the floodgates open further as the hosts produced another rampant display, with a brace from Ioan Davies, Harri Morgan and a second of the evening from Hoppe completing the rout.

Owen, who now has three wins in his opening three caps for his country, will look to help Wales finish off the Series in style when they take on Ireland at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach on Sunday (4.15pm).

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Another cap and another win for Dan, who is looking right at home with the Welsh side as they continue to show why they are one of the highest regarded young sides anywhere in the world.

“They have been a class apart so far in the International Series, and this experience is going to do him the world of good as he looks to develop his game in the future.”

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