It was a second consecutive loss for Wales in a Shield final after being overpowered by Russia in Singapore.
Portugal dominated the opening exchanges in the Shield Final against Wales and were rewarded with the first try when Nuno Guedes collected his own chip kick and dots down under the posts. That was followed by a moment of magic from Aderito Esteves, who produced a sublime behind the back pass to send Pedro Leal away for his 97th series try and making the score 14 – 0 to Portugal.
Despite Portugal’s strong start in Paris with tries from Nuno Guedes and Pedro Leal, Wales’ Lloyd Lewis was able to claw one score back before half-time. Ethan Davies touched down early on in the second half to make it 14-14, but the try was cancelled out by Duarte Moreira who hit back quickly for Portugal.
Luke Morgan went over the whitewash for Wales, making it 19-19 with one minute to go, but Portugal won the Shield after Esteves’ off-load put Duarte Moreira in for the game-clinching try in extra-time.
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