Proud parents back Wales U20

(IRB.COM) Friday 7 June 2013
 Proud parents back Wales U20
Sam Davies kicked 12 points in Wales' win against Samoa, watched on by his dad Nigel

Former Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies and legendary Welsh hooker Garin Jenkins believe Wales Under 20 can only improve following their opening win in the Junior World Championship 2013 in France.

Both Davies and Jenkins watched their respective sons Sam and Owen playing key roles in the 42-3 victory in Nantes, and left them happy despite admitting to nerves during the match.

Fly half Sam Davies kicked three conversions and two penalties at the Stade Pascal Laporte while Owen Jenkins, on his junior international debut, looked a constant threat on the wing.

“It was good. It was a bit more nerve wracking than normal, I find it harder watching my son play than any of my teams,” said Nigel Davies, currently Director of Rugby at Gloucester. “It was a good start for Wales, they were solid in the forwards and they can build on that.”

“It was a fantastic rugby occasion,” added Garin Jenkins, who won 58 caps for Wales. “Rugby in France with the sun shining is always great and for Wales to come off the field unscathed against Samoa was a big plus.

“To represent your country is fantastic at any time and to see one of your family playing for Wales is a proud moment.”

Davies kicked a pair of monster penalties at the end of the first half to give his side a comfortable lead at the break.

It allowed Wales to run riot in the second half with forwards Carwyn Jones, Sion Bennett, Ieuan Jones and Elliot Dee all scoring. The tries followed first half scores from Hallam Amos, who scored the first try of this year's championship, and Jack Dixon.

In 2012 Wales became the first side to ever beat New Zealand, winning 9-6 in the pool stages en route to their best-ever finish of third in South Africa and will be looking to go one better and reach the final this year.

A bonus point win against Scotland, who they beat in the Six Nations earlier this year, would almost guarantee them a semi final berth, before they face Argentina in the final round of pool matches, a side they beat in the third place play-off in 2012.

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