Wales Probables thrash Possibles
Wales coach Warren Gatland suffered a triple injury scare ahead of the South Africa tour as the Probables pummelled a Possibles team 55-7.
Wales' first senior trial match for 14 years produced a one-sided encounter as the star-studded Probables predictably powered to victory through tries from centre Jonathan Davies (3), wing Jordan Williams (2), full-back Liam Williams, hooker Scott Baldwin and fly-half Dan Biggar.
Ospreys playmaker Biggar added six conversions and a penalty to give him a 20-point haul, while Gareth Davies scored a Possibles consolation try, converted by James Hook, on a night when Gatland would have discovered little that he did not already know.
But Gatland also looked on as hooker Ken Owens (knee), centre Jamie Roberts (shoulder) and prop Samson Lee (arm) all departed injured during a match that was watched by a capacity 20,000 crowd.
Wales face the Springboks in the first of two Tests on June 14, and given that players like Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny, Richard Hibbard and Justin Tipuric are already sidelined through injuries, Gatland can ill afford any further setbacks.
The Probables went into action as firm favourites, and they justified that tag by rocking their opponents with two tries inside the opening eight minutes.
Jordan Williams, the Probables' solitary uncapped player, collected fellow wing Alex Cuthbert's long pass to cross wide out, and then number eight Taulupe Faletau set off on an arcing run that left would-be defenders treading water.
Biggar then took Faletau's inside pass, and he sped clear to claim a touchdown that he also converted, leaving the Possibles 12-0 adrift and in considerable early trouble.
There was an injury worry for Gatland, though, when Owens went down hurt - Wales are without Hibbard and Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips for the tour - and Owens exited midway through the first-half after initially trying to run off the problem.
Owens immediately had his right knee iced and strapped on the Probables bench, and there were obvious initial concerns for a player expected to start the first Test against South Africa in Durban.
Ospreys hooker Baldwin replaced Owens, but there was no let-up in the Probables' intensity, and they ended the game as a contest with two tries in two minutes, both scored by Davies.
Mike Phillips' pass split open the Possibles' defence for Davies' opening score, then an exquisitely delayed delivery by Biggar gave Davies an easy run-in, with two more Biggar conversions making it 29-0.
The opening half emphasised a huge gulf in class behind the scrum, especially, and with Biggar enjoying total tactical control, there was no way back for a horribly outgunned Possibles side.
Liam Williams added try number five before the break, but as Biggar lined up the conversion attempt, so Roberts made his way off the field to be replaced by his former Blues team-mate Dafydd Hewitt.
Davies completed his hat-trick early in the second period, then Baldwin crossed for try number seven, and it was a cue for mass substitutions as Phillips, Adam Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones and Liam Williams all departed with 30 minutes left.
Bristol-bound Matthew Morgan showed some neat touches for the Possibles after he went on as a second-half replacement, and Gareth Davies then touched down to open his team's account, with Hook's conversion making it 48-7, but the Probables had long since inflicted major damage, with Jordan Williams then adding try number eight, converted by Biggar.