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North Wales hit Assassins for 66.

Byline: ROB GRIFFITHS

FRIENDLY N'Wales Senior Academy XV 66 Anti-Assassins 0 CLIVE GRIFFITHS was delighted after seeing his North Wales Senior Academy XV run out convincing 66-0 winners over Anti Assassins yesterday.

The North Wales outfit ran in nine tries and denied their Eirias Park visitors any consolation as they warmed-up for next Saturday's tough friendly with Premiership opposition Cross keys.

"I would have been disappointed if we hadn't won strongly and we started with that intention," said Griffiths.

"We are going to get better as a group and today we scored some outstanding tries through teamwork and some off the cuff running.

"This was always intended to be our warmup match before we take on some strong Premiership opposition which starts next Saturday at home to Cross Keys.

"I'm pleased for Jack Moorhouse on his first game back after a horrendous injury and he showed his class and courage for getting a hat-trick and man of the match."

North Wales started brightly and for the opening five minutes fly-half Conner Braid displayed his quality with some excellent kicking from hand.

Although his first penalty effort was put just wide of the mark, a second Anti-Assassins infringement saw the Rebels kick to touch, and from the resulting line out Kelvin Davies drove over the line, with Braid adding the extras.

Anti-Assassins opened up the game and had their hosts under pressure but a quickly taken tap penalty on halfway by scrum-half Josh Leach broke the Anti Assassins back line before he released Braid to show his pace and sprint over for the game's second try, which he also converted.

Quick offloading and strong Boss Clive running led to another try soon after, Moorhouse crossing over after a phase that involved more than 15 passes, while Braid again converted.

Some strong tackling by Andy Baston and Jason Marshall stopped the A-A's from scoring a try and a pick and go from Braid with a neat sidestep meant that in the space of 20 seconds North Wales went from defence into attack.

Moorhouse split the A-A's defence again and, after exchanging passes with Nick Blevins, finished off his own move.

Braid was on form again to convert and make the score 28-0. The hat-trick for Moorhouse came just minutes later after good interplay from Leach and Blevins and with the conversion from Braid it gave North Wales a 35-0 half time lead.

The second half started with a try from substitute Sean White, the scrum half diving over in the corner.

Braid's second try followed when he spotted a gap in the A-A's tiring back line and his conversion was his final input to an impressive debut before being substituted.

Griffiths Forward pressure and a good pass from White allowed Jeb Sinclair to power over for a try, taking a couple of opposition players with him and the scoreboard soon ticked over to 66 points when Shaq Negweny outpaced the A-A's with a run under the posts making for an easy conversion. It was a great end to the game for the home side, who look forward to a tough test against the Premiership visitors to Parc Eirias this Saturday.

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Boss Clive Griffiths Jack Moorhouse goes over for a try against Anti Assassins and (inset) North Wales go on the attack
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 10, 2011
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