JASMINE Joyce was in the points for Wales Women at the Dubai International Invitation tournament last week - although the side failed to retain their title from 2016.

On day one, the speedster crossed four times as the side opened with three straight wins on Poland, Russia, and charity side Mo Sistas.

The 22-year-old took her searing form into day two, scoring twice early on to give a youthful Wales a 14-0 lead against the Royals, England’s development side.

However, it was the Royals who then stormed back to win 17-14, meaning Wales went into repecharge games for an overall placing.

Joyce’s try-scoring ability was to the fore again when it counted in the fifth-place play-off match against Kazakhstani side Almaty, as she scored the golden try in extra time with the scores level at 28-28. 

That set up a fifth-place play off against Belgium.

The Welsh conceded to trail 7-0 midway through the first half, and despite piling on the pressure after the break, Nick Wakley’s team was unable to break the deadlock.

The event formed part of the squad’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in April - and the Bristol Ladies winger told Telegraph Sport it had been a worthwhile trip for them.

"It was a great experience for us especially with some of the youngsters coming through.

"Our overall result was a tough one to take, but this is going to make us really work hard now in preparation for the Gold Coast."

Joyce rose to prominence at the 2016 Rio Olympics with the Team GB 7s squad, but if selected, the event in April will be her first Commonwealth Games.