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International Round-Up: Lane crosses whitewash in summer finale

International | 19th July 2021

This weekend saw 10 Cardiff stars in international action, but as Wales' summer schedule draws to a close, the British & Irish Lions contingent are only getting started.

Wales 11 Argentina 33

There were nine Cardiff players included in Wayne Pivac's 23-man matchday squad for their summer finale against Argentina on Saturday.

In the blistering Principality Stadium heat, the young Wales outfit face a fully-loaded Argentina in a series decider, following last week's draw.

Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans were drafted in as half back partners, with Josh Turnbull also getting his first start on the international stage since the summer tour to South Africa in 2014.

Nicolas Sanchez was off-target with an early penalty attempt, but it was the home side who opened the scoring at the national stadium.

A Hallam Amos counter attack gave Wales field position in the Argentinian half, with the front row duo of Leon Brown and Gareth Thomas combining to provide quick, go-forward ball for the backs.

Playmaker Evans delayed his pass to perfection to draw the opposition defence and create space on the outside. Possession was shipped wide to Owen Lane, in space on the right, who shrugged off the challenges of Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Moroni and Sanchez to burst down the wing and cross in the corner for his second international try in four outings.


Despite conceding the early score, the physical Argentinians soon took control of the encounter, with Moroni and scrum half Tomas Cubelli crossing for first half tries and outside half Sanchez ensuring the scoreboard kept ticking.

Evans did add two penalties from the tee, but Los Pumas eventually built a commanding lead in the early stages of the second half.

Cardiff's Matthew Screech came off the bench to make his debut on the International stage, while Willis Halaholo provided an injection of energy to the attack.

On the hour mark, full back Amos was sent to the sin bin after tackling his opposite number in the air, and the mountain proved too high for Pivac's side, with Pablo Matera's late score securing the win for the South American outfit.

DHL Stormers 3 British and Irish Lions 49

After withdrawing from the mid-week encounter against South Africa A to witness the birth of his daughter, Josh Adams was back in Lions action as Warren Gatland's side took on DHL Stormers in the final warm-up clash before their three-match series against Springboks.

The away side bounced back from their defeat to Rassie Erasmus' side with a convincing seven try victory in Cape Town.

As usual, wing Adams was in the thick of the action, making a key carry in the build up to Adam Beard's try before being replaced by Louis Rees-Zammit in the second half.