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Wales Under-20 face New Zealand on Monday

Wales Under-20 face New Zealand on Monday

Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks

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Byron Hayward is targeting a big finish to Wales’ World Rugby U20 Championship campaign as they prepare for a mouth-watering meeting with New Zealand on Monday.

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Former Scarlets defence coach Hayward  has great experience of the Wales Under-20 set-up having worked in the age grade system prior to moving to Llanelli.

He is working with Gareth Williams’ side again at the current tournament in Argentina where Wales have defeated the hosts and Fiji either side of a loss to a formidable France outfit.

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Next up are the Baby Blacks and Hayward said: “We scored some nice tries against Fiji, but the forwards laid the groundwork.

“We were still a bit loose and we’ll need to tighten up for the latter rounds.

“We’re certainly in a positive frame of mind. Our intention at this tournament is to win as many games as we possibly can.

“We’re two from three at the moment and we’re doing everything we can to be four from five come the end of the tournament.”

Wales have two games left in Argentina, starting with New Zealand. Against Fiji Williams’ side were 44-28 winners in an entertaining encounter.

Tommy Reffell opened the scoring after five minutes with further Welsh tries coming from Tomi Lewis, Dafydd Buckland, captain Dewi Lake, Ben Warren and Ioan Davies.

Scarlets wing Lewis also scored twice in the defeat to France and is having a fine tournament.

“It was a good game against Fiji. They delivered an offloading game which we’re not that used to, but I thought we adapted well and got a good win,” he said.

“It was just like playing sevens against them. I thought we tried to play their game a bit too much in the first half, but we knuckled down in the second and at half time.

“Fiji weren’t particularly strong at driving line-outs, so we capitalised there.

“We were a bit unlucky not to get the top two, but we’re looking forward to this week.”

Wales full-back Davies was also happy with the win over Fiji, but knows his team will have to improve their defence for New Zealand.

“It was a tough win and a good win against Fiji. Fiji were really physical and they flew into us, but we matched that,” he said.

“We’ve scored tries from both the backs and the forwards and that bodes well for the latter stages of the tournament.

“Fiji was the third game of the tournament and there were a few tired bodies, so defence is something we’ll have to look at and tighten up going into the next game.

“We can definitely end the tournament with four wins from five games. We have enough confidence and ability within our squad to do that. We’ll take it each game as it comes.”

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Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks
Hayward and Wales U20 look ahead to Baby Blacks