Wales’ tour of the Americas: Positive signs for unbeaten Welsh

Daniel Barnes
19 June 2018

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Other Guinness PRO14 nations may still be in action far and wide this weekend – but Wales are reflecting on a job well done.

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Players from Scarlets, Ospreys, Cardiff Blues and Dragons helped Warren Gatland’s troops construct an unbeaten summer, edging out South Africa in the United States before travelling to South America and winning back-to-back Tests against Argentina.

Here’s our look back at what Wales served up this month.

Capital gains against the Springboks

Wales’ summer schedule began with a clash against South Africa at the RFK Stadium in Washington D.C, with Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams making it big across the pond.

Gatland’s side ran out 22-20 winners, with Ryan Elias bagging a late match-winning try, but it was 23-year-old debutant Williams who stole the limelight.

Elias’ match-winner was only made possible by the Cardiff man, who charged down for his Scarlets contemporary to go over.

Earlier, Williams had also marked his Wales bow with a score of his own, while Cardiff clubmate Ellis Jenkins captained his country for the very first time.

Slamming the door shut on the Pumas

Head coach Gatland rang the changes – eight in total – for the first of Wales’ two Tests against the Pumas in San Juan and the tourists produced a wholly impressive display.

Scarlets flanker James Davies grabbed his first-ever Wales try whilst his teammate Rhys Patchell kicked ten points to keep his team well in control of proceedings, overshadowing his opposite number Nicolas Sanchez in the territory stakes.

Dragons lock Cory Hill, who was named co-captain for the summer alongside Jenkins, made the most of his chance to skipper the Welsh, going about his business admirably as his side were comfortable 23-10 victors.

Ghosts exorcised in Santa Fe

Another assured display in Santa Fe completed an unbeaten June sequence for Wales and saw to a first series win over Argentina since 1999.

Dragons full-back Hallam Amos scored one of the tourists’ two tries, dotting down in the second-half to finish off a sublime team move.

Meanwhile, having been sin-binned against South Africa and an unused replacement in the first Test, Ospreys centre Owen Watkin was effervescent while scrum-half Aled Davis, who will be joining Watkin at the Liberty Stadium in the 2018-19 Guinness PRO14 season, produced a confident display with the No.9 shirt on his back.

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