Headlines will probably be grabbed by the heartbreaking harm to Leigh Halfpenny and the ten tries scored in Wales’ rout of Canada on Saturday afternoon.
Nevertheless it was intriguing to look at a 22-year-old rookie within the form of Tommy Rogers really feel his means into the Take a look at enviornment.
It wasn’t a refined efficiency from the enthusiastic speedster however he grew as the sport wore on and refused to be disheartened by his errors.
Within the opening quarter-hour, Wales had secured possession simply on the sting of their 22.
The decision got here from Rogers: “Ball!”
In Canada’s patchy defensive position stood a handful of tight 5 forwards, the final of which – second row Josh Larsen – was round 40 metres in from the touchline.
Rogers had nothing however grass in entrance of him. The ball by no means got here and scrum-half Tomos Williams booted it clear, leaving Rogers with arms outstretched.
Therein lay an vital lesson for the brand new man. Demand the ball, do not simply name for it. Messages should be clear and authoritative at this stage, not meek.
Rogers, although, grew into the sport.
As the primary half wore on, he wandered off his wing in assault, probing behind the playmakers in Callum Sheedy and Willis Halaholo.
With the exuberance of youth, he was determined to get his palms on the ball at each alternative. He touched it 10 instances in complete, making 92 metres – greater than any of his team-mates.
Rogers additionally made two key defensive performs in the direction of the tip of the primary half, haring after a kick on one event to snaffle the Canadian attacker earlier than getting again to his toes and profitable a turnover penalty.
His keenness was once more on present within the second half as he tirelessly roamed across the subject, searching for the ball, determined to attain.
Canadian try-scorer Kainoa Lloyd had clearly not seen Rogers’ exceptional rating towards Connacht earlier this season as a result of he provided the Scarlet the skin and was made to pay.
The Welshman danced down the touchline and would have latched onto his grubber kick by had been it not for a physique verify from the protecting Canadian defender.
There’s greater than a splash of Scarlets team-mate Liam Williams about him and he seems to have all of the attributes to make it on the prime stage.
As debuts go, it was a very good one for the Cefneithin product however there are nonetheless issues to work on.
He obtained somewhat too informal within the second half as he marshalled a kick into Wales’ in-goal space and Kainoa nearly pounced for his second. Higher groups may need punished him.
“It was a combined again for Tommy,” Wales boss Wayne Pivac mentioned.
“Speaking to him after the sport he is aware of there have been some good moments.
“He’s obtained nice toes, as we all know, and he’s good within the air. The chase after which the penalty for the holding on – he did very properly there.
“However then he was somewhat bit laboured going again and we almost conceded a strive. He was somewhat bit flat on one in all Cunning’s passes which resulted in it going ahead.
“There are little learnings in there for him and he’ll be significantly better for that sport.”
Canada weren’t the sort of opposition that ever actually seemed like inflicting Wales a substantial amount of issues.
They may have opened the scoring however as quickly as Wales settled into the sport they took complete management and dictated all through.
Even when they delivered little, their angle was on level.
With the issues properly and really over within the seventieth minute, Aaron Wainwright charged a clearance relax in the direction of the onrushing visiting defence.
There have been livid calls of: “Hit him! F***ing hit him!”
Hit him they did, on this event, however the 27 tackles that had been missed by the Cannucks had been a problem. Wainwright, by the way, performed extraordinarily properly at No. 8, with solely Rogers making extra metres.
Given the new-look really feel to this Welsh aspect, which featured 5 debutants and a plethora of gamers which are routinely second selection of their place, this was an excellent efficiency.
However a noticeable sense of frustration set in through the remaining quarter-hour. Rogers grew somewhat impatient as that strive he so desperately needed continued to elude him.
Skipper Jonathan Davies needed to learn the riot act to his forwards as indiscipline crept in. The centre’s arms had been outstretched when some late attacking alternatives went begging and “requirements began to slide”, to make use of his phrases.
However, all issues thought of, you wouldn’t count on Monday’s assessment session to be too disagreeable.
There was a pleasant second after the sparse crowd of 6,164 dispersed, too.
The injured Leigh Halfpenny, on his crutches, hobbled as much as the pitch with Jonathan Davies to have a dialog with Canada assault coach Rob Howley.
It’s unlikely the 2 present Welsh internationals could have seen Howley since he was despatched house from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ultimately discovered to have breached World Rugby’s betting laws.
There have been smiles throughout because the trio chatted over what had simply transpired.
It rounded off what could have been a surreal expertise for Howley, having spent 20 years within the house dressing room as a participant and coach.
However his return to skilled rugby is now full and he can get on with the remainder of his profession, totally placing the occasions of 2019 behind him.