Martyn Williams enjoys fond farewell with Wales

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 Jun 2012


Former Cardiff Blues flanker Martyn Williams enjoyed a fond farewell by winning his 100th cap for Wales in a 30-21 victory over the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium.

Williams played his last game for the Blues in April and made his swansong appearance for Wales – against Shane Williams, who also hung up his boots after one last outing in Cardiff for the Barbarians.

Perpignan’s Hook notched 20 points, including a fine second-half try which restored parity at 21-21 before Wales edged home to a 30-21 victory.

Wales, who won their third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years this spring, went into a 13-0 lead through Harry Robinson's try and Hook's kicks, but the Baa-Baas led 14-13 at the break after tries from Stephen Donald and Richie Rees.

Kiwi World Cup winning fly-half Donald then went over for his second try to extend the visitors lead before Hook rounded off a excellent worked score in the corner before effortlessly adding the extras.

Shane Williams did his best to continue his habit of scoring at the death in swansong matches but when he chanced his arm in injury time, Aled Brew intercepted and raced under the posts to rubber-stamp Wales’ win.

It was a second-string XV for Wales, with a 16-strong party already in Australia preparing for the series, but another 18 will join them imminently, with Hook looking to force his way into Warren Gatland’s thoughts.


Edinburgh Rugby injury update

Tighthead prop WP Nel exacerbated an on-going neck complaint during Edinburgh Rugby’s European Challenge Cup victory over Harlequins on Saturday at BT Murrayfield Stadium. Following specialist review, it has been advised Nel commence a four-week rehabilitation programme before further assessment. He will be unavailable for selection and remain in the care of the club’s medical […]