Ten-try Wales put on a show in Cardiff

Wales came within 12 points of their record victory after scoring ten tries in a stunning 65-0 win over Hong Kong at Cardiff Arms Park.

Wales came within 12 points of their record victory after scoring ten tries in a stunning 65-0 win over Hong Kong at Cardiff Arms Park.

Wingers Jasmine Joyce and Lisa Neumann both scored braces, while flanker Bethan Lewis and No.8 Sioned Harries also got two tries in a wonderful team performance.

Lock Gwen Crabb also crashed over as Joyce and Lewis doubles helped Wales hit 48 points by the break, comfortably bettering the 39-15 victory from when they played Hong Kong in the World Cup last August.

Harries helped herself to her second after the break, as did Neumann, while Siwan Lillicrap rounded off the ten-try display with five minutes remaining for their second win of the Autumn Series.

It took Wales just a minute to open the scoring, Robyn Wilkins kicking a simple penalty before Olympian Joyce unleashed her pace.

That saw the winger blitz down the right to score her second try in as many games, with fellow wing Neumann getting in on the act after good work by Alecs Donovan.

Wales were proving unstoppable and Joyce picked up her second after her speed proved too potent for Hong Kong, making it 22-0 early on.

And the fourth and fifth tries were on the board by the half-hour mark, flanker Lewis twice crossing in the space of five minutes for the home side.

Wales still weren’t done there and two more scores took their first-half lead to 48-0, No.8 Harries crossing after good midfield work, followed by a try from lock Gwen Crabb.

The second half saw much of the same with lock Mel Clay winning a line-out on the Hong Kong 5m line, with her team shoving Harries over the whitewash to reach the half-century.

Wilkins kicked her 15th point of the match to take the score to 55-0 before Neumann got her second try of the evening – and Wales ninth – 66 minutes in.

While the perfect ten came with just five minutes remaining, Lillicrap crossing the whitewash for Rowland Phillips’ side, leaving Wales narrowly short of the 77-0 record score they produced against Germany 16 years ago.

Rowland Phillips (Wales head coach) “I was really pleased with the result. We spoke before that we needed to start believing in ourselves and winning games that we’re expected to win and winning them well.

“We did that tonight and certainly there’s a lot of work still to do but this for us is another step forward.

“It was really pleasing to get our second win of the autumn.”

Player Watch: Jasmine Joyce (Wales)

Four players scored two tries for Wales but few were as impressive as Jasmine Joyce, with her pace as a sevens player getting stronger by the day as a XVs player.

Her speed was simply unmanageable for Hong Kong, the wing getting her side under way just five minutes in – with nobody able to catch her down the flank.

While the second was more pure brilliance, leaving the defence trailing in her wake to have 22-0 to the good before players had time to draw breath.

Key Moment

Lisa Neumann earned her first Wales start in this year’s Women’s Six Nations as a full-back, and is slowly but surely proving she can play anywhere across the back three.

Her first try of the night came when perfectly taking on centre Alecs Donovan’s pass.

But her second was a piece of pure class, ending Hong Kong’s second-half resistance with a confident piece of running, seeing the gap and powering towards the line to bag her brace.

Stats Watch

– Jasmine Joyce scored her third try in two games for Wales

– Wingers scored four of Wales’ ten tries in the game, with Joyce and Neumann each scoring two

– Wales’ record win came against Germany, a 77-0 victory back in 2002