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Old Monmothian produces man-of-the-match display for Wales

July 12th, 2021
Hallam Amos, pictured scoring a try against Australia in 2017, was outstanding against Argentina

Former Head Boy, Hallam Amos, produced a stand-out display in Wales’ 20-20 rugby draw with Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday (10th July).

The 26-year-old former Monmouth School for Boys’ student played at full-back as Wales shared the spoils with the South Americans after hitting back from a 14-point deficit.

Argentina lost Juan Cruz Mallia to a first-half red card for tackling Kieran Hardy high, but they led 20-6 at one stage in the second half before Wales turned the tables.

The Old Monmothian, who plays for Cardiff Rugby, has scored six tries in 24 appearances for Wales since making his full international debut on the wing versus Tonga in November 2013.

“There was a large period of the game with them down a man,” said Hallam, who was named man of the match against the Pumas.

“It was tough and we weren’t as clinical as we should have been.

“We lost a couple of balls deep in their 22 which was a bit frustrating. It was the first time a lot of us had played together, especially in the backs.

“Jonathan Davies has got a lot of caps, but beyond that there are not many boys with all that much experience so I thought we acquitted ourselves pretty well.”

Hallam was also pleased to get a run out in his favoured position of full-back.

“It’s where I prefer to be,” he said.

“It’s a position where I see myself moving forwards and I’ve gone alright there for Cardiff Rugby.

“It was sad to see Leigh Halfpenny go down with an injury against Canada, but hopefully I’ve done his shirt proud.”

Argentina scored tries in either half through Pablo Matera and Jeronimo de la Fuente after Callum Sheedy had kicked two Welsh penalties.

It left Wales up against it but replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams made a big impact in the second half by creating a try for Will Rowlands and scoring one himself.

“Tomos is one of my best mates in the squad,” said Hallam.

“We are blessed in Wales to have four or five outstanding nines.

“We’ve got Gareth Davies who is away with the British & Irish Lions, but the three boys who are here are all fantastic and are starting international games.

“Tomos was fantastic when he came on and he always is. It’s great to have someone with that speed of thought. I don’t think there are many boys who are as skilful as him.”

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