CHICAGO STROLL FOR WALES.
WALES coped with an early injury to captain Ryan Jones to finish their season on a high with a victory over USA at Toyota Park, Chicago.
Two tries from Jonathan Davies, the first for his country in his second appearance, and further scores from Mark Jones, Tom James, Gareth Cooper and a penalty try gave Wales success in its 600th international match after skipper Jones had taken a very heavy blow in the opening minute and been forced off 19 minutes later.
By then Wales were on top at 13-3, thanks to two opening penalties from Nicky Robinson, Gavin Debartolo replying for USA, and a try from Mark Jones. Robinson added the conversion to send Wales 13-3 up. It got better for Wales when Robinson chipped over the top, collecting the ball and off-loading for outside centre Davies to run in for his first international try..
Robinson again converted.
American zeal strayed over into indiscipline when back row Louis Stanfill was sin-binned by referee Matt Goddard and a minute later the Australian official awarded a penalty try to Wales.
The USA had lost 27-10 to Ireland in California last Sunday and there was still life in the Eagles in Chicago.
Their reward came in the 53rd minute when centre Alipate Tuilvuka crashed through tackles from substitute lock Luke Charteris and Peel to give the USA their first try of the game. Debartolo added the conversion.
Tom James pounced on a ball that ricocheted off his boot near the USA 22 to pick up on the try line and touch down.
Robinson converted with his last kick of the game before making way for Dan Biggar at fly-half with the score at 34-10.
Cooper replaced James and he got on the scoresheet when Biggar kicked ahead, the 30-year-old scrum-half beating the flyhalf to the ball to touch down. Biggar was left to kick the conversion as Wales moved 41-10 ahead. Davies added his second try of the afternoon with two minutes to go, Biggar converting again for another perfect outing from the Wales kickers.
The Americans added their second try in the final minute when sub JJ Gagliano got over the line.
USA: Tries: Tuilevuka, Gagiani Cons: DeBartalo Pens: DeBartalo WALES: Tries: M Jones, J Davies 2, Pen try, James, Cooper Cons: Robinson 3, James, Biggar Pens: Robinson 2
MATCH-WINNER: British and Irish Lions fly-half James Hook kicks a conversion in his 16-point haul at Bloemfontein
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Jun 7, 2009|
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