Wales crowned World Deaf Rugby Sevens Champions
Sydney, Thursday 26 April 2018
Wales Deaf defeated England Deaf in the final of the World Deaf Rugby Sevens earlier today by 21 points to 15.
Wales reached the final having defeated Fiji in the semi final by 26 points to 21.
In a close and tense final played at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Wales opened the scoring first with a length of the field try by Jack Tugwell (Llandaff North RFC) that was converted by Wes Pooley. England hit back with two unconverted tries to lead by 10 points to 7 at the break.
England extended their lead by 15 to 7 with another unconverted try before Wales' Ryan Shallish (Dinas Powys RFC) narrowed the lead to a single point with a converted try to set up an enthralling final few minutes.
With England leading by 15 points to 14 and the clock running down, Wales were desperately seeking a way to unlock their defence. With almost the final play of the game, Llandovery RFC's Shaun Miles broke through and as he was tackled, captain Jon Cudd (Morriston RFC) was on his shoulder to take the scoring pass and create a magical piece of history for deaf rugby in Wales.
The conversion was kicked by Wes Pooley to give Wales the inaugural World Deaf Rugby Sevens title by 21 points to 15.
Speaking after the game, Wales captain Jon Cudd said; "This is an unbelievable and surreal experience. I am incredibly proud of all the players, support staff and the people who have wished us well here in Sydney."
He continued; "To play against other nations has been brilliant and to be crowned World Deaf Rugby sevens champions is just amazing. A fantastic experience, which we hope will help promote and raise awareness of deaf rugby not only at home, but across the world."